Showing posts with label Chardonnay. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Chardonnay. Show all posts

Thursday, June 9, 2016

2015 Hoddles Creek Chardonnay

Winemaker Franco D'Anna has been producing great value Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in the Yarra Valley for several years now, and the release of these wines has become greatly anticipated by many, including myself, seeking to get top quality wines at a great price.

Fruit for the Chardonnay under the Hoddle's Creek range comes from the home estate, where it  is all hand picked and fermented on site.

Great fresh and clean chardonnay aromatics of apricot, white peach, and grapefruit. A touch of struck match. Delicate with a bit of slatey minerality. Great line of acidity. Delicious stuff.

Price: $22
Varietal: Chardonnay
Would I Buy It?: Absolutely. Great value for money.
Website: www.hoddlescreekestate.com


Wednesday, January 6, 2016

2013 Kooyong Clonale Chardonnay

This is the entry level Chardonnay from Kooyong range of Port Phillip Estate, in the Mornington Peninsula.

Lemon, lime, and wet stone aromas. A chalky, fine, and tightly wound palate which rounds out with bright cleansing acidity.

Nice clean chardonnay at a fair price.

Price:      $30
Source:   Chalk and Cheese, West End
Varietal:  Chardonnay
Tasted:    December 2015
Rating:    92
Website: www.portphillipestate.com.au

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

2014 The Lane 'Block 3' Chardonnay

Coming from the coldest site at The Lane vineyard in the Adelaide Hills, this is a very clean, modern style of Chardonnay. A great Chardonnay for those that lean away from oakier Chardonnays.

Tropical fruit nose develops more towards orange peel and grapefruit aromas in the glass. Nice clean bright acidity with just a touch of malolactic fermentation. A very clean refreshing wine, sure to pair well with Asian foods.

Price:      $25
Source:   Cellar Door
Varietal:  Chardonnay
Tasted:    May 2015
Rating:    92
Website:  www.thelane.com.au

Saturday, May 23, 2015

2014 Miles From Nowhere Chardonnay

A good reminder of just how versatile and responsive to wine making technique the  Chardonnay grape can be. You'd be forgiven mistaking this for Sauvignon Blanc the way it is drinking currently.

Some fresh cut grass and green apple aromas sit alongside wet stone and herbaceous notes. A clean palate with mid-level acidity. A touch astringent, I found this much better with food. A good wine considering it's price.

Price:      RRP $18
Source:   VinoMofo 
Varietal:  Chardonnay
Tasted:    May 2015
Rating:    90
Website:  http://www.milesfromnowhere.com.au/

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

2012 Glenlofty Single-Vineyard Pyrenees Chardonnay

Glenlofty hails from the the foothills of the Pyrenees region in central Victoria. In previous vintages their wines were blended to make premium wines for larger wineries such as Penfolds, Seppelts and Rosemount. However, in 2013 Glenlofty opted to bottle these wines under their own label and are offering many of the wines as single vineyard releases. 

An inviting nose with aromas of white peach , tropical fruit and some toasty brioche. A soft mildly complex palate offering more peach and creaminess. Finishes clean with a nice acid kick. 

Price:     RRP $20
Source:  Vinomofo
Varietal: Chardonnay
Tasted:  January 2015
Rating:   91
Website: www.glenloftywines.com.au

2013 Vasse Felix Chardonnay

Recently Vasse Felix have ben producing some of the best Chardonnays from the Margaret River region, and in all of Australia for that matter . This wine is their mid-level offering falling in between the Filius and Heytesbury and offers fantastic bang for buck.

Delicate white peach, mineral and cashew aromas with some complex brioche like nuances. Seamlessly integrated palate offering some more peach flavors and finishing with a touch a citrus. A very clean and elegant chardonnay, with subtle oak influences.

I tasted this alongside several Chardonnays that were at least twice its price and was blown away by how well this wine stood up.

Excellent value at this price.

Price:     $33
Source:  Wine Emporium
Varietal: Chardonnay
Tasted:  January 2015
Rating:   96

Sunday, November 16, 2014

2012 Hayshed Hill 'Block 6' Chardonnay

Coming from the Willyabrup Valley in the Margaret River, this Chardonnay was dry grown, resulting in lower yields of grapes with greater fruit flavor and intensity. Only the free run portion of the juice was used and fermentation took place in both old and new french oak barriques.

A fine and refrained nose, the oak balances nicely with grapefruit, pear and flinty aromas. Has a lively freshness and crisp acidity, likely resulting from minimal malolactic fermentation. An elegant chardonnay worthy of consideration.

Being a somewhat restrained Chardonnay I wouldn't recommend eating this with strongly flavored foods. Paired well with roast chicken and I can imagine it doing well with scallops in a thyme butter sauce.

Price:     $40
Source: Gift
Varietal: Chardonnay
Tasted:  November 2014
Rating:   93
Website: http://www.hayshedhill.com.au/

Saturday, November 15, 2014

2013 Vinomofo 'Arcadia Bohemia' Chardonnay

Another collaboration wine from Vinomofo, this one was made by Brendon Keys from BK Wines in Adelaide Hills. BK wines are producing a lot of really interesting wines, and this barrel fermented Chardonnay offers good value.

It balances the line of ripeness quite well, offering both some tropical fruit elements alongside some citrus fruit. Nice buttery and soft with decent length on the palate.

A good quality chardonnay at a very  fair price point. I would buy this again. Paired well with barbecued chicken.  

Price:     $15
Source: Vinomofo
Varietal: Chardonnay
Tasted:  November 2014
Rating:   90
Website: www.vinomofo.com

Monday, September 22, 2014

2011 Mayfield 'Icely Road' Chardonnay

Icely Rd Chardonnay 2011Mayfield is located in the Orange region of New South Wales and produces a selection of wines suited to this cooler climate. One of the wonderful things about chardonnay is that it offers a lot variation within the context of one type of grape. Hence, offering an opportunity for wine makers to express themselves and represent the fruit in distinct ways.

This was a rather delicate chardonnay with some melon and vanilla on the nose. Very moderate use of oak has left it quite fresh, displaying the fruit well. Limited malolactic fermentation has resulted in good acid balance without the buttery notes present in many other chardonnays. Rather on the lean side for my taste in chardonnay.  Nonetheless, a crisp, clean, elegant chardonnay and it was just fine with goat cheese spread across baguette, on a sunny afternoon.

 Price:     $20
Varietal: Chardonnay
Tasted: September 2014
Rating:   90 
Website: www.mayfieldvineyard.com   

Thursday, September 11, 2014

2013 BK Wines Skin and Bones White

This is a super cool wine.  I had this a while back at a monthly tasting I attend here in Brisbane called Swirl, Sniff, and Spit.  I wanted to show my office mates something different and interesting and this turned out to be the perfect pick.

Holy aromatic!  My boss smelled it walking by and busted us wine tasting on a Friday afternoon, so I had to pour an extra glass.  The time spent on skin and in contact with the stems gives it a very unique nose for a white wine, reminiscent of a pinot that has had some whole bunches left in during fermentation.  There are also some floral notes that make it very pretty, as well as interesting. Great tasting wine, with nice acidity and citrus flavors.  I love what these guys have done.  A wine that's both novel and beautiful.

Price:     $30 
Varietal: Savagnin (80%), Chardonnay (20%)
Tasted: September 2014
Rating:   95
Website: http://bkwines.com.au/

Sunday, August 17, 2014

2011 Picardy Chardonnay

This offering from Picardy is definitely one of the best Australian Chardonnays I've had yet.  The winery takes it's name from a region slightly above Paris and the influence of France's Burgundy region is very evident in this wine.  The vines at Picardy are unirrigated cane pruned and hand picked.  Resulting in lower yields of wonderfully high quality fruit with great intensity. 

I could sit and smell this wine all day long.  I get peach pear and buttered toast.  It has nice  fresh acidity and is well balanced and precise.  I had a second bottle recently from my case,  but hope to resist the temptation of drinking the rest this summer, so I can see how this wine develops. 

Price: $40
Varietal: Chardonnay
Tasted: August 2014
Rating: 96
Website: http://www.picardy.com.au/