WINE

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BILGAVIA ES­TATE 2012 CHARDON­NAY $ 30

Hunter Val­ley, NSW 12.5 per cent www.bil­gavi­aes­tate.com.au At­trac­tive green/ gold, the nose promis­ing more than the wine de­liv­ers with good grape­fruit/ stone­fruit aro­mas giv­ing way to fairly flat, broad oaky and dull phe­no­lic flavours. Time might help.

SWING­ING BRIDGE 2011 RE­SERVE CHARDON­NAY $ 32

Or­ange, NSW 13.2 per cent www.swing­ing­bridge.com.au A clean, fruit- driven style with sweet­ish peach aro­mas and an el­e­gantly bal­anced palate, with ripe stone­fruit top notes and sub­tle sec­ondary char­ac­ters start­ing to add depth and com­plex­ity. Nicely tex­tured and fin­ish­ing long and dry.

CHAPEL HILL 2012 CHARDON­NAY $ 16

McLaren Vale, SA 13 per cent www.chapel­hill­wine.com.au Very pale, al­most colour­less, the nose with faint flo­ral/ rock candy notes, juicier and more cit­rusy and melony in the mouth with a light ve­neer of oak mak­ing for an OK, slightly sweet quaf­fer.

LOWE 2012 TINJA CHARDON­NAY $ 20

Mudgee, NSW 12.5 per cent www.lowewine.com.au A golden straw colour with ripe nec­tarine aro­mas be­fore a full and softly rounded palate show­ing nutty, malty and but­tery notes, de­liv­er­ing plenty of flavour­some, good- value drink­ing.

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