The Hungerford Hill Classic wines are from the best regions of New South Wales. The wines showcase both their varietal and regional personality with clarity and intensity; they are versatile and compliment food.
Classic Chardonnay Tumbarumba 2022Regular price $50.00
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Another fine example of the wine that can be made from the cold climate region of Tumbarumba. We have been making Chardonnay from this region for over 30 years.
Our 2022 Classic Chardonnay from Tumbarumba presents as follows:
Appearance: The wine has a pale to medium straw-yellow color with hints of green, showcasing its youth and freshness.
Aroma: Aromas are delicate and refined, featuring notes of green apple, citrus, and pear, with a subtle mineral undertone. The cool climate of Tumbarumba enhances the retention of natural acidity, providing a zesty backdrop to the aromatics.
Taste: On the palate, you'll notice a crisp and vibrant acidity that gives the wine a lively and refreshing quality. The French oak fermentation and aging impart a creamy, buttery texture, along with nuances of vanilla, toasted nuts, and a touch of spice. This combination of flavors creates a well-balanced and complex profile.
Fruit Characteristics: Chardonnay grapes from Tumbarumba exhibit citrus notes like lemon and grapefruit, along with green apple and unripe pear. The cool climate helps retain the grape's natural fruitiness while preserving a bright acidity.
Mineral Undertones: Tumbarumba's terroir contributes mineral qualities to the wine, with subtle hints of wet stones, flint, or chalk, adding to the wine's depth.
Oak Influence: The use of French oak barrels in fermentation and aging imparts a gentle but noticeable oak character. You might detect flavors like vanilla, butterscotch, and toasted oak, which are integrated harmoniously with the fruit and other elements of the wine.
Finish: The finish is long and satisfying, with a crisp acidity and a creamy texture, leaving a lingering impression of citrus, oak, and mineral notes.
Food Pairing: This Chardonnay pairs excellently with a range of dishes, such as grilled seafood, roasted poultry, or creamy pasta dishes. Its bright acidity can cut through richer sauces, and its buttery texture complements a variety of flavors.
In summary, our 2023 Tumbarumba Chardonnay again excels. It combines the region's cool climate characteristics with the elegance of oak aging, resulting in a balanced and sophisticated wine that is rich in both fruit and oak-derived nuances.