Chardonnay-sayers rethinking west
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.