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Mountadam

Mountadam was founded by David Wynn (founder of the legendary Wynn's Estate in Coonawarra) in 1972 in the High Eden subregion of the Eden Valley in the Barossa Ranges of South Australia. Wynn was hugely instrumental in the Australian wine industry, the first to recognise the potential of elevated cool climate sites to produce wines with great elegance and structure. He was way ahead of his time and championed Chardonnay before it became popular. Wynn named the vineyard after his son, Adam. Mountadam's distinctive logo originated when Wynn asked his artist friend Tate Adams to design a label for his wines. Whilst looking over the newly acquired property, two eagles, nesting in a tree on the estate, were circling above and this was the inspiration for the eagle you will see depicted on every one of Mountadam's wines. In 2001 LVMH acquired Mountadam. In 2005 David and Jenni Brown purchased the estate from the luxury goods firm and remain the current owners. In 2015 the Brown's bought the second High Eden vineyard established by Wynn; the two sites being dissected by the High Eden Road. Mountadam's sustainably farmed vineyards are planted up to 550 metres above sea level. This is the highest estate in South Australia and can take up to a month later to harvest than other Eden Valley locations. They grow an array of grape varieties, featuring Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Pint Gris, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz, on a myriad of soils depending on the varied altitude and topography, but sandy loam, clay loam, ironstone gravels and quartz gravels are all present. They are passionate about the environment. All water used in the winery and vineyard is from rainwater collected on the property and solar power provides 50% of their annual consumption. Black Suffolk sheep graze the vineyard in late autumn and winter, reducing the need for labour and machinery and provides organic fertilizer. After pressing, the grape marc is fed to their Angus cattle. Mountadam are particularly known for their sublime Chardonnays, but their entire portfolio of wines display wonderful aromatic complexities, elegance and finesse. They are also terrific value for money!