Ranelagh, Tas

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - TASTE - 2012 Kelly’s Re­serve Chardon­nay $ 32

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.

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