Yalumba Eden Valley Wild Ferment Chardonnay 2008
Chardonnay from Barossa Valley, Australia
The color of this wine is pale gold with green tints. The nose displays lifted citrus zest and fresh quince with subtle notes of white nougat and toasted almonds. Finely structured and seamless, the palate is all about texture. Creamy nougat, citrus and hints of white nectarine combine elegantly with the subtle nuances of French oak and a restrained citrus acidity for a lingering finish.
Australian Wine Companion - "Restrained white peach and nectarine bouquet; light and airy on the palate, with weight building toward the conclusion; pure, fine and focused. "
Wine & Spirits - "Remarkably subtle for a moderately priced chardonnay, this wine's lovely texture carries nectarine and smoky lees flavors. It's luscious and ripe, ready to enjoy on its own or with grilled fish and mango salsa."
Yalumba is one of Australia's oldest family-owned wineries and was founded in 1849 by Samuel Smith. From modest beginnings, the Yalumba Wine Company has grown to become one of Australia's most successful medium-sized wineries, owned by 6th generation Robert Hill Smith. Yalumba regularly receives accolateds for its distinctive wines, as well as for its leadership role in the Australian wine industry in the areas of viti-innovation and environmental policy. The Yalumba premium wine portfolio commences with the fresh and flavorsome varietal wines of the Y Series, then moves up to capture the essence of the Barossa Eden Valleys, explores old world varieties through innovated, modern wines in the Hand Picked line, and culminates with the coveted, collectible Yalumba Rare & Fine wines. View all Yalumba Wines
About Barossa ValleyView a map of Barossa Valley wineries
The Barossa zone consists of two sections - the Barossa Valley and the Eden Valley. Wines from the Eden Valley can be labelled Barossa or Barossa Valley.
Situated just a bit east of the large city of Adelaide, Barossa is Australia's wine headquarters. Mega producers are based here, boutique wineries call it home and a majority of the habitants claim their income on the wine industry. The valley is strewn with a series of hamlets, small towns spotted throughout the region.
Barossa ValleyBarossa is red-wine territory, with red grapes consisting of about two-thirds of the region's plantings. The reds, Shiraz in particular, are lauded for their rich, concentrated flavors and aging potential. Old vines of Shiraz and Grenache are popular, many up to 80 years old. The valley is home to some of the most famous vineyards of Australia - this is where the first Penfolds Grange was made. Whites are also found, mainly from the Semillon grape – these wines are as full-bodied as the reds although harder to find. Riesling and Chardonnay are also planted.
Eden ValleyRight next to Barossa Valley, but a bit higher in elevation, Eden Valley is an ideal neighbor. Many wineries source vineyards from both areas as the climate difference in Eden Valley leads to wines of a different character. Reds are still mainly Shiraz and Grenache, but the wines are often more restrained and less dense than those in the Barossa Valley proper. Whites are popular here too. Eden Valley Rieslings and Semillons are particularly excellent.
About AustraliaLike the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
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- 4 Stars: 7
- 3 Stars: 6
- 2 Stars: 3
- 1 Stars: 2
25 ratings, 8 with reviews312/14/2012311/10/2012garth eck - Williamsport, PA16/20/2012luck to get a 80 rating46/19/2012
Excellent value! This is a relatively low-oaked crispy Chardonnay that actually works with food. If you like to taste the grape and not the barrel, this is the Chard for you.46/19/2012This is a very drinkable and tasty Chardonnay. There is not a lot of oak, it is a great summer wine.45/29/2012Lars Christensen - Lubbock, TX22/26/201142/6/2012
- Light & Crisp
22/24/201242/18/201251/10/2012@PhillyWino - Levittown, PA310/28/2011
- Rich & Creamy
Was a bit yeasty but knowing that Yalumba leaves the natural yeast on the grape skins when pressing wasn't surprised or offended by it at all. I actually admire the gutsiness of the winemaker. It does have a nice lemony aroma and just a hint of oakiness on the palate. I wasn't disappointed or overly thrilled with it either. For the price you can't go wrong giving it a try.110/21/2011
- Rich & Creamy
I found this wine distasteful. I thought it was way to yeasty. no redeeming feature510/10/2011agomom - Houston, TX49/24/2011Rod Colson - Colchester, CT59/20/2011Chris Poole - New Providence, PA59/16/2011dalechmd - Sherborn, MA38/22/2011Erik Ostby - Chester, CT36/20/2011111ImNumber1 - Cambridge, MA34/8/2011
- Light & Crisp
Decent quality with respect to the money you are paying. Yalumba is the oldest family owned wine business in Australia. They have the best under $20 wines I have had. Seek it out.411/10/2009Good overallASelby - Medway, MA212/30/2009I looked forward to this wine after reading the reviews, but I was disappointed. I found it very acidic and harsh. I will stick with my beloved Hess and Chateau St. Michelle chards.
- Rich & Creamy
- Pair With
- Pasta > Cream-Based
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
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