Eden Road 'Maragle' Chardonnay, Tumbarumba, Australia 2015

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Eden Road 'Maragle' Chardonnay, Tumbarumba, Australia 2015


"I'm not spending £35 on an Australian Chardonnay!" fumed the man in the polka-dot cravat, "I can buy disappointing white Burgundy for that!"

It's an age-old conundrum. Do you risk £35 on an appellation that evokes refinement and pedigree, a Chassagne-Montrachet perhaps or a Meursault, but which doesn't always deliver on its promise, or do you play your hand differently and plump for a wine from a region that sounds like a soft play centre, Tumburumba, but which is guaranteed to taste every bit as good as the very best that Burgundy can offer at the same price point. Hang on, did we say it was a conundrum?

Eden Road, based in the Canberra District of New South Wales, is an ambitious young winery, who know they can't trade on a fashionable name, so they put everything they have into the quality of the grapes and meticulous attention to detail in the winery. How good are they? Well, they won the Jimmy Watson Trophy (Australia's most prestigious wine award) with the very first release of their 'Long Road' Shiraz, an unprecedented case of hitting the ground running, and the 'Maragle' Chardonnay has been awarded 96 points by the Wine Companion for the last 3 vintages, a level of consistency that one might argue is uncommon in Burgundy.

In 2015, the quality of the Maragle Chardonnay is simply irrefutable. It has the gorgeous matchstick aromas that define great white Burgundy, along with burnt toffee and vanilla pod notes from the oak (80% new), but nothing to excess or in adverse contrast to the intensely bright and tangy citrus core of fruit. The flavours taper away beautifully on a typically long and winding Eden Road finish. 

Winemaking: Hand-picked, whole-bunch pressed and transferred to French oak barriques for fermentation by natural yeast. Matured in barrels for 12 months and racked via gravity to tank for a further 6 months prior to bottling

Press review:

Jancis Robinson MW: "Intense and firm. Impressive! Imagine a blend of butterscotch and greenness. Very easy to like. Very ready but not old." 17 points

Jancis Robinson.com (Tamlyn Currin): "Beautiful fruit, carefully but seamlessly integrated into the oak, much as a violin soars through and with the sweet, deep notes of a cello. Golden-apple sweetness and yellow peaches, spice and smoke, an undertow of butterscotch adding richness. Substance and delivery and persistent length. Drink 2017-2022." 17 points

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