Eden Road "Long Road" Chardonnay
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Eden Road "Long Road" Chardonnay - 2017

Item # 33656 750mL
$24.96/ Single Bottle
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$299.52 $269.57/ Case of 12
Grape Variety

Tasting Notes

Restrained Chardonnay from New South Wales, Australia reminiscent of the Burgundian style. White spices are well-integrated with pear and apple flavors. Barrel fermented and aged for twelve months in 15% new French oak.

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Staff Pick Notes

Why I dig this wine: It offers all of the things I love about Chardonnay and none of the things I dislike about it. Classic flavors of lemon and smoke, bright acidity that is persistent, but not overbearing, and about 15% new French oak - just enough to accentuate the wine without masking its natural beauty. The fruit comes from mountainous Tumbarumba in New South Wales. Where is this exactly? Southwest and inland from Sydney in Australia’s high country. Higher altitudes and eroded mountain tops mean ancient soils and cooler sites. The vineyard was planted on clay and granite soils in the mid-1990s and the vines are really coming into their own. Chardonnay - even with all of its international acclaim and popularity - remains a grape that’s hit or miss for me, but Eden Road slam dunks winemaking with this expression!


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