Chardonnay, Eden Valley

Chardonnay is planted in almost every region in the world and makes a wide variety of wine styles from light-bodied, crisp and unoaked through to full-bodied, complex barrel matured versions. Chardonnay is an adaptable variety and can be grown in cool regions as well as warm areas. It is a productive, early budding and early ripening variety.

Chardonnay first came to Australia in the 1920s but didn’t find popularity until the 1970s. Grown all across the country the cool climate versions (like found in the Yarra Valley and Tasmania) tend to be lighter in body with higher acidity and more subtle flavours. Warm climate versions (found in Margaret River, Hunter Valley and the Adelaide Hills) tend to be more full-bodied with richer, riper fruit and bolder flavours.
Eden Valley is a cool climate wine region between 400 and 600m up the Barossa range, to the east of the warmer Barossa Valley. It is of a similar size to the Barossa Valley, but given the altitude and cooler climate, Eden Valley is renowned for producing high-quality Riesling and Shiraz. Due to its cool climate, small portions of cooler Eden Valley fruit are often blended with 'sister' wines from the Barossa Valley.

The cooler climate provides optimum conditions for the long, slow ripening of the grapes, which generally retain acidity and developing complex flavours on the vine. The townships sub-regions include Keyneton in the east, Truro in the north and Mt Pleasant in the south and High Eden, located even higher up the Barossa Ranges, with even cooler temperatures.

The soils of the region is generally nutrient-poor yellow podzolic/sandy & pink quartz soils over decomposed (gneiss) granite. With its rocky outcrop, which extends to the soild, most irrigation is provided by dams, and most vineyards plant their vines close together. When compared to Clare Valley, Eden Valley is slightly higher in altitude and a little cooler, though has similar sunshine hours, but lower levels of continentality.
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  1. Thorn Clarke 'Sandpiper' Chardonnay 2019
    Grapefruit and lemon zest on the nose with green apple notes. The palate shows citrus and hints of tropical fruit. Subtle oak adds complexity and creamy notes to the palate. A wine of good flavour and balance, and excellent value! ... Learn More
  2. Mountadam 'High Eden' Chardonnay 2018
    Made using traditional methods; a blend of the exclusive multi-clonal resources available on the estate. Lightly Golden colour, with classic Chardonnay fruit aromas of peach, nectarine and ripe figs. Typical of Mountadam Chardonnay there are flavors of grilled nuts with ... Learn More
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  3. Mountadam 'High Eden' Chardonnay 2017
    Made using traditional methods; a blend of the exclusive multi-clonal resources available on the estate. Lightly Golden colour, with classic Chardonnay fruit aromas of peach, nectarine and ripe figs. Typical of Mountadam Chardonnay there are flavors of grilled nuts with ... Learn More
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    Ned Goodwin MW
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