Sunday, July 26, 2009


 - Eden Valley, SA
 - $16-$23
 - Screwcap
 - 13.5%alc

I personally believed the elegantly refined, tight and mineral 2007 Wild Ferment Chardonnay (93pts) was one of the real bargains of 2008/09. As 2008 provided some excellent results for Eden Valley whites (riesling most notably), its follow up should also be a success, right?

Like Yalumba's recent chardonnays, the 2008 Wild Ferment is tightly restrained in aroma, showing refined, lemon scented tones of grapefruit and yeast with a hint of vanilla. The forward palate is creamier and bolder than anticipated, offering riper chardonnay fruit flavours of white nectarine and melon with a mineral/herbal thread. It does finish a little loose, lacking the cut and polish of the cleanly driven 2007 wine.

O A bit of a disappointment considering the quality of some Eden Valley 2008 whites, and the brilliance of its precursor. If Yalumba's lucky this young chardonnay will integrate further with a touch more bottle age, becoming fuller, softer and more harmonious. Drink to 2012.
88 points

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