17.06.16

McWilliam’s Brings Tumbarumba’s Coolness To M&S

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McWilliam’s Brings Tumbarumba’s Coolness To M&S

Set among the foothills of the Snowy Mountains at up to 842 metres altitude, Tumbarumba is the coolest climate wine region in Australia’s New South Wales and, with the first vineyards planted in 1982, a relative newcomer on the country’s viticultural scene.

Founded in Corowa in 1877, McWilliam’s is a long-time champion of regionality in New South Wales and was one of the first pioneers of cooler climate areas such as Tumbarumba, finding that with careful site selection and vineyard management, the terroir was ideal for aromatic, crisp and laser-sharp Chardonnay.

Marks & Spencer Tumbarumba Chardonnay 2014, McWilliam’s                 

RRP £12.00, M&S

ABV 12.5%

Fruit was hand-picked and a combination of whole bunches and individual berries were pressed.  Some settling was used with a mix of natural indigenous yeast and inoculated yeast.  All vineyard blocks were kept separate and barrel fermented in French oak barriques and hogsheads, with 20% in new oak and the balance in two to four year old oak.

Post-fermentation stirring was used to build texture and length, and then maturation was completed on the lees in barrel for nine months.  No malolactic fermentation was used in order to retain the fantastic crisp acidity that is typical of Tumbarumba Chardonnay.  Barrels were selected individually for the blend, and the wine was stabilised, gently fined and filtered before bottling.

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Date of issue:                    11 January 2016

Further information - emma wellings pr:  t 020 8996 5168  e alison@ew-pr.co.uk