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Tolpud­dle Vine­yard, Chardon­nay, Coal River Val­ley, Tas­ma­nia, Aus­tralia 2016 95 £34.80-£45.99 Exel, Lib­erty Wines With this vin­tage, the Shaw & Smith-owned Chardon­nay, al­ways very good, is now top of the Tas­ma­nia class: flo­ral yet in­tense, ripe stone fruit on the palate, oak and acid­ity in per­fect bal­ance – every­thing is here. Drink 2018-2026 Alc 13%

Castello di Mon­santo, Il Pog­gio, Chi­anti Clas­sico Ris­erva, Tus­cany, Italy 2013 95 £47.50 (ib) Fine & Rare With the 1962 vin­tage from this 6ha vine­yard above the Elsa Val­ley, Fabrizio Bianchi cre­ated Chi­anti Clas­sico’s first ‘cru’. The el­e­gant 2013 shows off the now-old San­giovese vines to per­fec­tion, with just 5% in to­tal of Colorino and Canaiolo. Great struc­ture, with fi­nesse to come. Drink 2019-2030 Alc 14%

Storm Wines, Ridge, Pinot Noir, Hemel-en-Aarde, South Africa 2016 94 £38.50 Berry Bros & Rudd, WoodWin­ters From the win­ery’s high­est vine­yard site, and ben­e­fit­ing from the cool At­lantic in­flu­ence that pro­vides power and lively acid­ity – more Côte de Nuits to the Côte de Beaune of Storm’s Ig­nis vine­yard. Fine savoury com­plex­ity and a good fu­ture. Drink 2018-2026 Alc 14%

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