Yalumba Eden Valley Wild Ferment Chardonnay 2007
Chardonnay from Barossa Valley, Australia
Creamy nougat and toasted almonds with an appealing citrus and white peach lift. The palate is fine and creamy with flavours of stone fruit and figs. Elegantly structured, with nuances of toasty oak and a fresh citrus acidity to finish.
Australian Wine Companion - "Vibrant depth and weight, and a little mineral complexity; the oak only starts to assert itself on the finish as the fine citrus fruit dissipates. Screwcap."
The Wine Advocate - "The 2007 Chardonnay Wild Ferment spent seven months in oak with occasional lees stirring. It is medium straw-colored with toasty, tropical aromas. Medium-bodied, the wine has a creamy texture, ripe fruit flavors, good balance, and a lengthy finish. Drink this tasty effort over the next 1-2 years. "
International Wine Cellar - "Pale yellow. Impressively complex nose displays leesy apple, pear, peach and melon aromas complicated by subtle toasted grain and truffle qualities. This smells like a white Burgundy, and a fancy one at that. Orchard fruit flavors are deep in flavor but not overly rich, and there's a cool mineral aspect to the back end to go with firm citrus bite and a lingering anise quality. An outstanding bargain, with impressive complexity for the price."
Wine Spectator - "This is appealing for is juicy pear and citrus flavors, lingering against toasty, creamy notes on the lively finish. Drink now through 2011. 1,300 cases imported. "
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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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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.