Yalumba Chardonnay Barossa Valley Y Series Unwooded 2009

Winemaker's Notes:

The unwooded chardonnay style is captured by picking the grapes when the flavours are fresh and lively, and the vineyards chosen for making this wine are those possessing lifted tropical flavours. For 2007 grapes were again picked early in the ripeness spectrum to create a crisp and “food-friendly” wine. Cool processing and fermentation were used to retain the freshness of the grapes, and the wine was allowed some time on its yeast lees after blending to build some richness of flavour. The Yalumba Y Series Unwooded Chardonnay displays tropical aromas of white peach, fresh melon, pineapple and lifted lemon zest. On the palate lingering melon and peach flavours are complemented by a rich creamy texture, some slatey grapefruit tartness and a mouth-watering long finish.

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The Yalumba Wine Company:
Yalumba was founded in 1849 by Samuel Smith, British migrant and English brewer, who had brought his family to Angaston seeking a new life. After purchasing a 30-acre parcel of land just beyond the southern-eastern boundary of Angaston, Smith and his son began planting the first vines by moonlight. Samuel named his patch "Yalumba" – aboriginal for "all the land around&qu... Read more
Yalumba was founded in 1849 by Samuel Smith, British migrant and English brewer, who had brought his family to Angaston seeking a new life. After purchasing a 30-acre parcel of land just beyond the southern-eastern boundary of Angaston, Smith and his son began planting the first vines by moonlight. Samuel named his patch "Yalumba" – aboriginal for "all the land around". Six generations and more than 150 years later Yalumba, Australia's oldest family owned winery, has grown in size and stature, embodying all that has made the Australian wine success story the envy of winemakers the world over. Yalumba wines have a style all of their own and each have been influenced by a diverse range of elements. Elements Yalumba likes to call 'the controllables', such as the Yalumba Vine Nursery and on-site cooperage – as well as other factors that cannot be emulated by any other winery. Yalumba’s history and tradition combined with a reputation for innovation. Yalumba Announced Winestate Magazine Wine Company of the Year 2007 “Tradition, Loyalty and the spirit of Progress” Click here to download presenter. 'Our driving emotion is a responsibility to leave a legacy and a desire to make a difference' ROBERT HILL SMITH - Fifth generation Yalumba proprietor 'The Hill Smith family has always had a good eye for an exceptional vineyard site' ROBIN NETTELBECK - Viticulturist 'At Yalumba, no aspect of winegrowing or winemaking is left to chance' ALAN HOEY - Winemaker 'A winemaker's challenge is to add an individual element to each wine. We hope to provide enjoyable, multi-dimensional wines' BRIAN WALSH - Winemaker 'Articulating which wine style Yalumba does best is almost as difficult as asking a parent to name a favourite child' SAM HILL SMITH - Joint proprietor, gallery owner 'The journey of 'Rare & Fine' has been one of trial, error and learning and certainly a rewarding one' ROBERT HILL SMITH 'I am proud to be the 7th master cooper at Yalumba; it's a longstanding tradition and unique amongst today's winemakers' ANDREW BROAD - Master Cooper 'Admiration not imitation - this is undoubtedly the catch-cry of the Yalumba winemaker' ROBERT HILL SMITH 'Our work with Viognier is testament to our willingness and confidence to look to the future' LOUISA ROSE - Winemaker 'We are committed to minimising environmental impact for a sustainable, successful future' CECIL CAMILLERI - Environmental Manager 'Our goal is to be the finest independent Australian Winemaker and Wine Ambassador' ROBERT HILL SMITH Read less

Member Reviews for Yalumba Chardonnay Barossa Valley Y Series Unwooded

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Snooth User: joseph120
13002216
2.00 5
01/17/2011

Fruit not very forward in this unoaked chard.


Snooth User: JKBKwine
56812210
2.50 5
09/01/2010

Typically not a fan of Chardonnay or more to the point over-oaked Chardonnay most common to California wine-making I found this inexpensive little South Australian gem by mere chance in one of my local wine haunts. Craving something bright and crisp to go with the ceasar salad I was making for dinner with pan seared scallops and grilled shrimp spiced with pimente d'Esplette, this was the perfect accompaniment to the dish. Produced by the oldest wine making family in Australia, this unwooded 2009 Y Series Chardonnay is also not too minerally in taste which is often a by-product of whites that spend their aging period in steel rather than wood. It is subtle and inflected with hints of grapefruit and pineapple as stated on the label which is what I typically like and find in Sauvignon Blancs of the Marlborough Region and choose for this very reason, so this was a welcome surprise and what I had hoped I would find from an un-oaked, unwooded wine from Australia...it did not disappoint. So in a nutshell, if this is what you prefer as well, this wine would be a satisfying second choice from Yalumba wine producers who are perhaps best known for their amazing dessert wines. I believe I paid $11.99 for the bottle and I probably would have paid as much as $20.00 for it based on my experience. Try it for yourself and enjoy. JKBKwine


Snooth User: Debbie Dobbins
107383120,103
3.00 5
01/18/2013

Three glasses


External Reviews for Yalumba Chardonnay Barossa Valley Y Series Unwooded

External Review
Source: Astor Wines & Spirits
01/23/2011

This crisp Chardonnay from Australia’s oldest winery blends floral and ripe apple notes with freshness on the palate. Try with Thai chicken salad or grilled prawns.


External Review
04/04/2011

Pale straw with light green hues, the Yalumba Y Series Unwooded Chardonnay displays aromas of honeydew melon and nashi pear, with hints of grapefruit and pineapple. The palate is silky with flavours of ripe nectarines, guava and grapefruit with a fresh acid finish. Serve with Thai chicken salad or gnocchi with sauteed prawns and a burnt butter sauce.



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The unwooded chardonnay style is captured by picking the grapes when the flavours are fresh and lively, and the vineyards chosen for making this wine are those possessing lifted tropical flavours. For 2007 grapes were again picked early in the ripeness spectrum to create a crisp and “food-friendly” wine. Cool processing and fermentation were used to retain the freshness of the grapes, and the wine was allowed some time on its yeast lees after blending to build some richness of flavour. The Yalumba Y Series Unwooded Chardonnay displays tropical aromas of white peach, fresh melon, pineapple and lifted lemon zest. On the palate lingering melon and peach flavours are complemented by a rich creamy texture, some slatey grapefruit tartness and a mouth-watering long finish.

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