HUMBUG REACH 2011 CHARDONNAY $ 32
13.0 per cent Lots of fairly straightforward stone fruit aromas and flavours with subtle background suggestions of toasted nuts and honey, providing a little depth and a complexity to a palate that is smoothly textured and nicely balanced.
MARIONS 2011 RESERVE CHARDONNAY $ 35
12.2 per cent Ripe stone fruit and toasty oak on both the nose and palate plus nougat and oatmeal flavours as it warms in the glass, all a little disjointed at this stage, but there’s plenty of flavour there for a little more time to work its magic.
DELAMERE 2011 CHARDONNAY $ 40
13.0 per cent A complex citrusy, nutty and earthy nose followed by similar grapefruit and roasted hazelnut flavours on a nicely concentrated, harmonious and smoothly textured palate, underscored by suggestions of a Pandora’s box of intriguing, funky complexities still to come. Give it air and time.
MOORILLA 2011 MUSE CHARDONNAY $ 45
13.3 per cent Fairly restrained aromas but much more expressive in the mouth with citrusy/ peachy flavours at the core and plenty of buttery and nutty richness around a long spine of fine, minerally acid in a combination of power, weight and finesse. Just made for crayfish.