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Yalumba Wild Ferment Chardonnay 2008
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  BN#283450
Category: White Wine
Varietal:Chardonnay
Region: Australia » South Australia » Eden Valley
Producer: Yalumba
Alcohol: 13.5%

Price:$18.99

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Yalumba

This chardonnay is sourced from the Eden Valley and features the use of indigenous vineyard yeast, or 'wild' yeast in the fermentation process, which are present on the on the grapes at time of harvest. The many individual yeast strains each participate in the fermentation process by building layers of complexity and finesse into the wine. Palate structure is further enhanced through extended lees contact and regular lees stirring after completion of fermentation. Approximately 40% of the blend was fermented and matured in new, one and two year-old fine-grained French barriques which provide additional, fragrance and texture to the wine. The colour of this wine is pale gold with green tints. The nose displays lifted citrus zest and fresh quince with subtle notes of white nougat and toasted almonds. Finely structured and seamless, the palate is all about texture. Creamy nougat, citrus and hints of white nectarine combine elegantly with the subtle nuances of French oak and a restrained citrus acidity for a lingering finish.

Wine Spectator

Tart and juicy, with pineapple, pear and citrus flavors that linger nicely. Drink now through 2013.

Score: 88. —Harvey Steiman, July 31, 2009.

Wine Enthusiast

The nose is a beguiling mélange of high tropical fruit aromas floating over lower tones of grapefruit, hay and wet gravel. The palate is more straightforward, evincing nuts and caramel tones that linger just a bit. Try with poached salmon. Drink now to 2011.

Score: 87. December 31, 2009.

Wine Advocate

The 2008 Wild Ferment Chardonnay was aged in a mix of oak and stainless steel. Medium straw-colored, it exhibits a nose of baking spices, baked apple, and a hint of tropical fruits. On the palate it is medium-bodied dry, and savory. This nicely priced Chardonnay will drink well over the next 1-2 years.

Score: 87. —Jay Miller, December 2009.

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