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.