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
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.