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The Thurs­day Biff

Townsville Bulletin - - LIFESTYLE -

THERE are a mul­ti­tude of roast chicken recipes and ev­ery one de­serves a fan­tas­tic chardon­nay. Pour these be­side your favourite chicken din­ner with all the trim­mings and you’ll en­joy a loved- up mar­riage.

Lower Mur­ray/ Ade­laide Hills

Roast chicken and chorizo As a bar­gain base­ment chardon­nay you get more trop­i­cal notes here from its clever blend­ing of warmer cli­mate and cooler re­gional sources. The lat­ter adds lime zing for a lift to what oth­er­wise is an un­usual riper heady style. It’s more in a fruit salad mode than cit­rus driven, and is an ev­ery­day op­por­tu­nity. Coon­awarra

Sticky Can­tonese roast chicken A nice lit­tle chardon­nay that shines a light on the Coon­awarra’s ca­pac­ity to turn it on, here with del­i­cately sweet white stone fruits with a dash of trop­i­cal and flo­ral lift. In the­ory it should be richer with such ripe flavours but there’s a re­fresh­ing un­der­car­riage of nat­u­ral acid­ity that off­sets the palate and ex­presses a sweeter le­mon sher­bet note. Good drink­ing at this price, though ul­tra- se­ri­ous chardon­nay geeks may need con­vinc­ing. Fran­k­land River, WA

Roast chicken with or­ange and ginger The term “Old School” gives us some idea where this is headed — again with fuller fruits and a note of the toasty but­ter and hon­ey­caramel that can oc­cur af­ter oak mat­u­ra­tion if the grapes reach a cer­tain ripeness. Yet this is made com­pas­sion­ately with a no- frills kind of ap­proach, mak­ing it mouth­fill­ing and gen­er­ous.

BLEED­ING HEART 2014 / Chardon­nay Re­gion:

WEST CAPE HOWE “OLD SCHOOL” 2014 / Chardon­nay Re­gion: Best with:

— TONY LOVE

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