Hungerford Hill Preservative Free Tumbarumba Chardonnay 2021
1 or more bottles$25.00
Gary Walsh93 points
Hailing from the high-altitude region of Tumbarumba, this is a full bodied white wine from a very challenging vintage throughout Australia, exemplifying why Tumbarumba has become known as a premium Chardonnay producing region. Bright straw yellow with a youthful green tinge. Lifted aroma of cashew and creamy lanolin with complex battonage notes. A very spicy and full palate with a tight and balanced acid structure supported by seasoned French oak. This Chardonnay was barrel fermented by natural ‘wild’ yeast in new and seasoned French Oak barriques. 100% preservative free and zero additions, making this wine a 'Natural' style of wine. Drink now or age for up to 8 years.
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"“From the Revee Vineyard in Tumbarumba, oldest vineyard in the region with vines 40 years old.” A fair whack of struck match, lime and spice, aniseed, butter and cashews. It’s glossy and creamy, but tight in acidity, with a firm powdery/chalky texture, some nectarine, spicy cinnamon oak, again the butter, but shot through with citrus acidity and finishing pretty long and spicy. It’s juicy, creamy, but has a fair amount of sizzle. Very nice.""
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Australian winemakers are known for producing a diverse range of grape varieties, with Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Noir being among the most popular. They tend to focus on producing wines that are ripe, fruit-forward, and easy to drink, using modern winemaking techniques and equipment such as stainless steel tanks and temperature-controlled fermentation.
With its bold, fruit-driven flavors and reputation for quality and diversity, Australian wine has become a popular choice for wine lovers around the world. And with such a broad range of wine regions and grape varieties, there's something for every palate to enjoy.
New South Wales
New South Wales, is a wine-lover's paradise with 14 official wine regions that cater to every palate. The region boasts Australia's oldest wine-producing area, the Hunter Valley, as well as newer and exciting cool climate regions like Orange, the Southern Highlands, and Tumbarumba. With its status as the second-largest wine-producing state in Australia, New South Wales attracts wine enthusiasts from around the world. However, despite its production, the region's wine consumption far outpaces its output due to its high population.
In addition to its diverse range of wine regions, New South Wales is also known for its excellent food and wine events. The Hunter Valley, for example, is home to the famous Hunter Valley Food and Wine Festival, which attracts thousands of visitors each year. The festival features tastings, cooking demonstrations, live music, and other activities that showcase the region's local produce and wines.
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Other regions within New South Wales, such as the Canberra District, Cowra, Gundagai, Hastings River, Hilltops, Mudgee, New England, Perricoota, Riverina, and the Shoalhaven Coast, produce some of the finest Australian wines, making New South Wales a must-visit destination for wine connoisseurs.
Situated on the foothills of the Snowy Mountains, surrounding the town of Tumbarumba, this wine region ranges from 300-800 meters in altitude. With the first vineyards planted in 1982 this appellation is more-or-less evenly split between red and white varietals. Tumbarumba's signature wines are Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir for sparkling and table wines. In recent years, the newer plantings include Merlot, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Shiraz and Viognier. The latter varieties helped by the warm dry seasons experienced in the region. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir make up around 80% of the total plantings. The region is reputed as New South Wales’ coolest climate grape-growing appellation with the majority of grapes produced in the region sold onto the major wine companies. Small parcels of fruit do stay in the area with a select number of growers producing under their own labels.
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About the brand Hungerford Hill
Established in 1967, Hungerford Hill is a boutique estate in the Hunter Valley. Australia’s oldest wine region. Hungerford Hill has a proud reputation for producing distinguished wines and providing a memorable cellar door experience. Guided by accomplished Winemaker Bryan Currie, Hungerford Hill’s able team produce authentic wines, packed with character and interest, with a focus on New South Wales’ cool climate regions.
In early December 2016 Sam Arnaout purchased Hungerford Hill and will continue the focus on the NSW regions of the Hunter Valley, Hilltops and Tumbarumba. Sam’s vision for Hungerford Hill is to have a much greater focus on the Hunter Valley. To further this goal in 2016 he purchased the renowned Sweetwater vineyard and property near Belford, and the former Wyndham Estate property including the vineyard and winery buildings at Dalwood. The historic Dalwood house is located on the property and is owned by the National Trust.
Hungerford Hill’s winery is a landmark of the Hunter Valley region, with its unique barrel-shaped tasting room and underground working cellar. The much-acclaimed Muse Restaurant offers some of the finest food in the Valley amidst spectacular views across the vineyards to the Brokenback Ranges.