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Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - TASTE - Graeme Phillips

DO­MAINE CHAN­DON

2013 Chardon­nay $ 23

Yarra Val­ley, Vic

12.5 per cent

A PALE straw colour with at­trac­tive nutty, yeasty and creamy flavours sur­round­ing a core of ripe nec­tarine- like fruit, the palate smooth, nicely bal­anced and per­sis­tent and of­fer­ing flavour­some, good- value drink­ing.

CHURCH ROAD

2013 Chardon­nay $ 26

Hawkes Bay, NZ

13.5 per cent

A RICHER and oakier style than the Chan­don with the oak at this stage a lit­tle too overt on the nose, palate and fin­ish for my lik­ing. But there’s also a sub­tle hint of fruit sweet­ness which should add to its pop­u­lar ap­peal.

BRO­KEN­WOOD

2013 Chardon­nay $ 28

Cowra/ Beech­worth, NSW/ Vic

13 per cent

DIS­TINCT cit­rus and marzi­pan aro­mas and flavours in good bal­ance on a fairly sim­ple, ripe fruit and tangy palate of­fer­ing an easy, drink- now style to glug down with­out too much thought or fuss.

HOLM OAK

2012 Chardon­nay $ 30

Ta­mar Val­ley, Tas

12.5 per cent

THIS is a fairly main­stream chardon­nay with lit­tle sug­ges­tion of the funky com­plex­i­ties one might ex­pect from its all- nat­u­ral fer­men­ta­tion, 20 per cent of it tak­ing place and sit­ting for eight months in a 600- litre con­crete egg. Nev­er­the­less, with good apri­cot fruit, fleshy, smooth tex­ture and cool- cli­mate fresh­ness, it’s a pleas­ing drop.

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