Chardonnay doesn’t have to be ‘complex’ or need to have ‘layers’ to be a good one. There are quite a few these days that are made true to the variety to simply be enjoyed with food or not. This one fits the latter category but, with maybe a little time, may push the boundary into the former category.
Now, I’m not saying it should make a lot of difference but, the fruit was hand picked. Yep, that labour intensive way of getting the grapes off the vines and you’ll understand why I’m saying this when you see the price.
It’s young so there’s nothing surprising about the colour.
It was a tad subdued on the nose but with a good swirl of the glass, it was Chardy, no doubt about it. Smells fresh with plenty of white skinned fruit about the place.
It didn’t move away from these aromas when tasting it. There’s definitely peaches (they always seem to show up at a Chardy party), pears are there with some turning up with their skins on. There is some nice acidity too but it’s not like the grapefruity type it’s more citrusy but scaled back (gee I hope you know what I mean). Nothing is out of whack either.
It’s quite a generous wine offering plenty and very satisfying. It’s all up front to start with, certainly comfortable on the mid palate then picks it up on the back palate just enough to say its farewells before fading away. Check the price. You’ll have a second look I reckon.
Region: Adelaide Hills, SA Price: $22 Source: Online purchase