Eden Road Long Road Chardonnay 2012 (Tumbarumba, NSW)
12.5%, Screwcap, $27
Effectively the entry level Chardonnay for Eden Road, yet made like something much more expensive, this is a blend of Courabyra and Maragle vineyard fruit that was destemmed and fed straight into a mix of old and new barrels for fermentation, with no S02 used during maturation and 50% of the barrels going through malo.
The result is a beautifully proportioned Chardonnay with a delicate, lemon drop nose and excellent acidity running the length of the palate. There is a noticeable banana ferment/solids character, but everything is cleaned up by sparkling acidity to finish – magic acidity really, with excellent balance and freshness.
A wonderfully vital Chardonnay that is driven by soft, real acidity, this perhaps could do with a little more power, but an excellent wine nonetheless. Very much looking forward to the more premium Eden Road Chardonnays!
Score: 18/20, 93/100
Would I buy it? Yes.