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McWilliam's Appellation Tumbarumba Pinot Chardonnay

Cracka Review

Tumbarumba's high altitude provides true cool climate conditions to ensure slow ripening and complex flavour development for this sparkling wine. The base for this wine was harvested over a number of growing seasons. We only make this wine in the best of years when flavours were at their optimum for this style of wine. Low yielding vines produced grapes of the highest quality, maximising flavours and retaining wonderful natural acidity.

Appearance: Bright but pale yellow in colour.

Nose: Displaying lifted citrus fruits, honeysuckle and subtle toasty brioche aromas.

Palate: Pinot Noir delivers here richness of fruit with some savoury complex flavours. Chardonnay in support provides excellent length, overall creating a wine of full fruit flavour of citrus and apples with a hint of fresh bread from the 12 months on lees. Wonderful flavours with great poise and balance.

Cellaring: Under prime cellaring conditions this wine has the ability to cellar well for up to 8 years.

Alcohol: 11.5%



Reviews and Accolades


Hand-picked, whole bunch-pressed; tank-fermented and matured on lees for 10 months; bottled and tiraged with youthful (13) and older material. Vibrantly fresh and crisp, it has good length and balance, complexity the only element missing.
90 Points - James Halliday's Australian Wine Companion.

Winemaker's Notes

Tumbarumba's high altitude provides true cool climate conditions to ensure slow ripening and complex flavour development for this sparkling wine. The base for this wine was harvested over a number of growing seasons. We only make this wine in the best of years when flavours were at their optimum for this style of wine. Low yielding vines produced grapes of the highest quality, maximising flavours and retaining wonderful natural acidity.

Appearance: Bright but pale yellow in colour.

Nose: Displaying lifted citrus fruits, honeysuckle and subtle toasty brioche aromas.

Palate: Pinot Noir delivers here richness of fruit with some savoury complex flavours. Chardonnay in support provides excellent length, overall creating a wine of full fruit flavour of citrus and apples with a hint of fresh bread from the 12 months on lees. Wonderful flavours with great poise and balance.

Cellaring: Under prime cellaring conditions this wine has the ability to cellar well for up to 8 years.

Alcohol: 11.5%



Reviews and Accolades


Hand-picked, whole bunch-pressed; tank-fermented and matured on lees for 10 months; bottled and tiraged with youthful (13) and older material. Vibrantly fresh and crisp, it has good length and balance, complexity the only element missing.
90 Points - James Halliday's Australian Wine Companion.

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