Had a Glass: 2008 Mountadam Chardonnay High Eden

Vintage: 2008
Producer: Mountadam
Variety: Chardonnay
Designation: High Eden
Region: Australia
Sub-region: South Australia, Barossa, Eden Valley
ABV: 14%
Price: $30 AUD, not available in BC

He says: I’m a fan of the Eden Valley in the Barossa region for their dry, light & citrusy Rieslings. This Chardonnay didn’t disappoint either. Nicely balanced with well-integrated oak showing as mellow toast notes, but by no means an oak monster. A touch hot on the alcohol shows it could benefit from a bit more acidity to help the balance.

She says: Beautifully integrated oak and fruit. Lovely flavours of citrus peel, toast, spice and mineral. A little hot on the alcohol but overall a well-rounded, elegant Chardonnay.

Tasting note

Looks like: Clear, med gold
Smells like: Clean, med- intensity, developing, oak, green apple, vegetal, toast, citrus
Tastes like: Dry, med- acidity, med body, med intensity, toast, apple citrus, spice, oak, med+ alcohol, med+ finish
Summary: Good, Ready to drink but could develop further

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