WINE

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - TASTE - Graeme Phillips

PLAN­TA­GENET 2012 CHARDON­NAY $ 30

Mt Barker, WA

13.7 per cent

A crowd pleaser with melon and stone­fruit aro­mas and plenty of nutty, peach and crème brulee fl avours on a soft, rounded and nicely bal­anced palate with a lick of acid­ity cleansing and fresh­en­ing the fi nish.

FR­EYCINET 2012 CHARDON­NAY $ 38

Bicheno, Tas

13.0 per cent

A won­der­fully el­e­gant style show­ing ripe peach and grape­fruit notes on both the nose and palate on top of sub­tle bar­rel char­ac­ters and a but­tery/ creamy rich­ness, tightly struc­tured and with a de­li­ciously long acid back­bone and fi nish. A wine of great fi nesse pro­vid­ing beau­ti­ful drink­ing now and ex­cel­lent age­ing po­ten­tial.

BROWN BROTHERS 2009 PA­TRI­CIA CHARDON­NAY $ 40 Multi- re­gional, Vic

13 per cent

Pale golden colour, a malty, oat­mealy nose fol­lowed by a soft and rounded palate show­ing the honey nougat and mac­a­roon fl avours of ma­tu­rity, still with some years of pleas­ant drink­ing ahead of it but with its youth­ful in­ten­sity and vi­tal­ity now mel­lowed.

MOSS WOOD 2011 CHARDON­NAY $ 65 Mar­garet River, WA

14.0 per cent

A sur­pris­ingly un­der­stated nose be­fore a fleshier, richer and oakier palate than any of the pre­vi­ous three with its cit­rusy, nutty notes play­ing sec­ond fi ddle to sweet­ish vanil­lan oak, the palate smoothly tex­tured, full- flavoured and long.

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