Chardon­nay-say­ers re­think­ing west

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Wine -

clearly its finest to date and be­lieve that this month’s re­lease of the 2016 vin­tage is a new high point.

But the value here is the young $26.50 (18.2 pts) Es­tate chardon­nay which is also round, bal­anced, true to style and a mar­vel­lous ex­am­ple of the va­ri­ety at the price.

Just won­der­ful. Add the Xanadu Black La­bel Chardon­nay 2015 (18.5 pts and $38) and there are plenty of price points to choose from. Mad Fish Chardon­nay

WA’S wine world is chang­ing and im­prov­ing rapidly and Howard Park is in the thick of it. Its caber­nets are be­com­ing softer and juicier, its pinots are both de­li­cious and great value at each price point and its sparkling wines have just won a ma­jor in­ter­na­tional award. And then there are the chardon­nays and this is the best value of all the chardon­nays, and of all of their wines.

The Mad Fish 2016 chardon­nay was in the top three of our two re­cent sig­nif­i­cant masked chardon­nay line ups where, on un­mask­ing, it turned out to be the most rea­son­ably priced wine. Fra­grant, lightly her­bal, el­e­gant, classy and fine with lin­ger­ing fruit flavours that build. Tasted masked twice with sim­i­lar points. 18.4 points, $18 – but avail­able at less on spe­cial.

Flame­tree chief wine­maker Cliff Royle.

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