McWilliams have a foothold there and the wines from Tumbarumba under their Barwang label are superb. The latest 2014 vintage is a great example of what the region can produce. It's a tightly wound wine with restraint and power. There's the typical bright grapefruit backbone on display but it's overlaid with subtle barrel ferment characters adding complexity and savoury notes. The palate while intense retains a certain delicacy of fruit. This is a gorgeous wine. The fact that it sells for a touch under $20 is amazing. There are plenty of chardonnays the Barwang might rival at nearly double the price. I've already enjoyed a couple of bottles of this wine and I'm pretty sure I'll enjoy a few more before it runs out. Fergus McGhie
Characterised by a multitude of steep slopes, rich basalt soils and high altitude, the growing conditions at Tumbarumba contribute greatly to providing a long ripening period which consistently produces Chardonnay with exceptional flavour and heightened concentration of essential varietal fruit. The assorted blocks of Chardonnay vines are grown to altitudes between 840m and 500m.
Pale straw colour. White peach, nectarine and fig characters over fresh green apple undertones. The nose is complex with subtle gunflint and biscuit aromas adding to the interest of this Chablis inspired wine. Impeccably structured, Tumbarumba shows intense fruit flavours, wonderful texture from battonage and beautiful length derived from the ample natural acidity, coalescing into a complex and classy wine.
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