Established in 1972 Mountadam High Eden estate is Australia’s first cool climate Chardonnay vineyard. Situated on a unique rocky outcrop ranging in elevation up to 550m, the vineyards have a commanding easterly aspect over the Eden Valley. This wine is made using tradition methods and is a blend of the exclusive multi clonal resources available on the estate.
The wine has a light golden colour, with classic Chardonnay fruit aromas of peach, nectarine and ripe figs. Typical of Mountadam Chardonnay there are flavors of grilled nuts with clove and nutmeg spice supported by a citrus core. There is tremendous depth of flavor, which lingers elegantly on the palate suggesting the wine has significant aging potential of at least 10 years.
Mountadam, a proud estate, has surged back into top gear over the last few years, crafting some truly stellar wines. I love the use of oak here. Not shy, following 12-14 months in barrique, it nevertheless serves as an adjunct, toning the cavalcade of stone fruit flavours while providing welcome signposts for the savoury, exceptionally long, solidsy/nutty finish. The acid is a plume. Juicy and palate-whetting. As Burgundian as Australia gets. Drink to: 2028; Price: $45.00; Date Tasted: Dec 2018; Alcohol: 13.5%; Rating: 96 Points; Ned Goodwin MW; James Halliday Wine Companion
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