13.2 per cent Lemon and grapefruit aromas and flavours on top of deeper nougat/ oatmealy notes, the palate beautifully fresh, tight, finely textured and balanced with a dry, lingering aftertaste. Lovely drinking and a silver medal winner at last week’s Tasmanian Wine Show. SANDALFORD 2011 Prendiville Reserve Chardonnay $ 32
Margaret River, WA
13.5 per cent More sweetly oaky than the Home Hill, less citrusy, more melon and stonefruit, with complex nutty, malty, buttery notes and a noticeable background thread of oak running from nose to finish and leaving a spicy, dry aftertaste. YARRALOCH 2012 Single Vineyard Chardonnay $ 32
Yarra Valley, Vic
12.5 per cent French- style, love ’ em or hate ’ em, burnt- match aromas plus earthy, yeasty, chalky and lemon- curd- like flavours on a palate that is intense, deeply complex and full of interest and character. A savoury, funky, left- field style needing a bit more time for everything to gel together. CHURCH ROAD 2012 Grand Reserve Chardonnay $ 39
Hawke’s Bay, NZ
13 per cent Faintly reminiscent of those ripe peaches and cream, buttery, toasty, oaky, Aussie styles of yesteryear, but not as over- the- top. Instead it is a smoothly textured, nicely balanced and flavoursome drop for those who hanker for the style.