Mountadam Marble Hill Chardonnay 2015 (3 x 750mL), Eden Valley, SA.

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RRP $85

$59.99 per Bottle
$179.97 per case

Overview

The story of Marble Hill began in the 1860s when South Australian landowner and parliamentarian Sir Samuel Davenport was given a cutting of “chardonuet” by a French horticulturist. Somehow, and history is not clear on the sequence of events that led to this, the cutting came to be grown in the South Australian Governor’s summer residence, a property known as Marble Hill in the Adelaide Hills. The vines eventually came to the attention of renowned wine industry pioneer David Wynn, who took a cutting and propagated further vines at a nursery in Adelaide.

He planted them out on a beautiful elevated site on his Mountadam vineyard in 1972, making these the oldest cool climate chardonnay vines in Australia. It is believed that this clone, which he called Marble Hill, no longer exists anywhere else in the world - the Marble Hill property was eventually destroyed by fire and in France, from where the clone originated, the vineyards were wiped out by phylloxera.

Region:
SA - Eden Valley
State:
South Australia
Country:
Australia

Winery Tasting Notes

On release the wine is straw in colour with a green hue. Ripe peach, meyer lemons and quince fruits. Lifted aromas of hazelnut, cinnamon and cream. The wine also has an underlying aroma of white truffle. The palate has well balanced flavours of peach, meyer lemon, toasted almond, hazelnut and cinnamon. The wine has a tight acid line and integrated oak tannins which provide structure and length. The wine has excellent length and long persistence. The palate is left with meyer lemon and hazelnut flavours long after the wine has left the mouth.

The wine will continue to reward careful cellaring for up to and possibly beyond 2026.

Vintage
2015
Region
SA - Eden Valley
Grape Style
Chardonnay
Closure Type
Screwcap closure
Alcohol
14%

Winery Profile

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Established in 1972 as one of Australia's pioneer Chardonnay producers, Mountadam was founded by the late David Wynn, without question one of the most significant contributors to the Australian wine industry and an important part of the Mountadam story.

Amongst his many achievements, David Wynn is credited with the invention of the wine cask; he founded Wynn's Coonawarra Estate and transformed Coonawarra reds during the 1960s and '70s; he was the first to establish a contour planted vineyard (Modbury, SA), the first to plant Riesling in Coonawarra, and was a passionate advocate of regionality.

In selecting the land for the Mountadam vineyard, Wynn was the first to recognise the potential of a cool, elevated site to produce wines of great elegance and structure, and chose an area high above the Eden Valley, which he named High Eden. At 550m above sea level, Mountadam is in fact the most elevated vineyard in South Australia.

He was awarded the prestigious Maurice O’Shea trophy in 1993.

David’s son Adam, after whom Mountadam was named, took over as winemaker in 1984, and subsequently sold the business (2002) in its entirety to French luxury goods giant, LVMH.

Mountadam returned to private ownership in 2006, with the acquisition by South Australian farmer and accountant David Brown, who has made significant investment in vineyard improvement and expansion.

Winemaking is managed by Con Moshos, who has a distinguished 23-year career making fine wines at Petaluma.

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