(2016) More waxy and mineral than the Clonakilla, with touches of lime leaf and absolutely bone dry acidity. The palate crunchingly, searingly dry in an impressive wine that might need a little time to soften.
(2016) Tumbarumba is a small region of New South Wales in the western foothills of the Snowy Mountains, and a relatively cool area. This Chardonnay, with very modest oak influence, shows suitably cool climate aromatics with a touch of flint and not too ripe orchard fruits with hints of hazelnut and fig. On the palate it is lean and racy, a fattish core of lemon and juicy peach is offset by the creamy oak and crisply defined acidity. Not showy, but très classy. Note that at time of review M&S online will also take 25% off a case of 12 bottles, bring the price down to a very appealing £9 per bottle.
(2015) >From the Hunter Valley, home of those amazing Semillons with just 11% or 12% alcohol but flavour-packed and capable of long ageing, in many ways this is in a similar vein: only 12% abv and explosively fruity on the nose, with a spike of citrus and gooseberry, greengage and fig, there's a lot going on. In the mouth it is just abundantly fruity and lip-smackingly vibrant (much more so than the McWilliams version above) with really punchy fruit, a vital core of acidity and a long, flavour-packed finish.