The fruit is sourced from two high altitude Tumbarumba blocks: Steve Morrison’s ‘Revee Estate’ vineyard, at 730 metres above sea level and Heather and Rob Johansen’s block at 700 metres.
There is the distinctive Tumbarumba grapefruit signature framed by those complex barrel ferment and lees derived nuances that are hard to describe (“funk” is the description de jour). I’m really happy with this. The lip-smacking acid in particular has me reaching for the second (and third) glass.
13.0 % Alc/Vol
A fine and flinty rendition that shows a lot of restraint, not a lot of fruit. A whisper of citrus,
some white nectarines with a sprinkling of spice, and oak influence, totally integrated, though it just adds another layer. Tightly coiled and needs more time to unfurl but so compelling.
James Halliday Wine Companion
Clonakilla sources its chardonnay grapes from two growers in neighbouring Tumbarumba, 130 km from the winery to the south-west as the drone flies (220 km around two mountain ranges by car). These cooler growing sites suit the chardonnay grape, which gives
intense, citrusy varietal flavour
and high natural acidity. Barrel fermentation and maturation builds the mid palate, adds to the taut structure and gives subtle nutty nuances that complement the delicious fruit flavour. The growers: Steve Morrison (Revee Estate); Heather and Rob Johansen.
Light straw-yellow hue. The aromas are restrained, youthful and recall fig and peach, quite intense, while the palate is full and soft, rounded and relatively up-front. It's a fresh, tight, straightforward but promising wine which has good length and focused flavour.
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