Chardonnays from Italy, France, Australia & South Africa

Tenutae Lageder Beta Delta Chardonnay/Pinot Grigio 2008, IGT Vigneti delle Dolomiti, Italy (£14.50 Bibendum)
Clean, clear and fresh, one of those wines that is as much about texture as flavour. So the pithy citrus, guava and underripe mango flavours are underpinned by a pleasing creamy nuttiness. Not showy but very moreish. S-

Simonnet-Febvre Chablis 2009, Burgundy, France (£13-14 Ann et Vin, Bablake Wines, Bottle and Basket, General Wine Company, Medina Wines, Handford Wines, ND John Winemerchants, William Mason Fine Wines, The Vineyard, Wimbledon Wine Cellars, Wine In Cornwall, The Wine Cellar,
Pure and fresh with the tang of citrus fruit, some mealy lanolin characters and the classic acid & mineral backbone. S(-)

Louis Latour Grand Ardèche Chardonnay 2008, Vin de Pays des Coteaux de l’Ardèche, Rhône, France (£8.50-£12 Majestic, Wine Rack, Bon Coeur, Bottle & Basket, Soho Wine Supply, Windermere Wine Stores, Bablake Wines, Forth Wines, T Wright, Stainton, Flourish & Prosper)
Rich, fleshy style, weighty and juicy with pineapple chunk and cling peach syrup character, but still retains some freshness, and your mouth is left entertained rather than overwhelmed. B

Larry Cherubino Ad Hoc Hen & Chicken Chardonnay 2009, Pemberton, Western Australia (£13.99 R Campbell & Sons, Universal Liquor Mart, Classic Wine Direct, Kevin O’Rourke Wines)
Smells as if it’s going to be quite rich, with notes of vanilla toffee and lemon jelly cubes, but it’s actually quite lean and limey, with subtle oak, a touch of oatmeal and a creamy yet precise finish. S(-)

Warwick Estate Chardonnay 2009, Stellenbosch, South Africa (£14-16 Flagship Wines, Fortnum & Mason, Hailsham Cellars, Handford Wines, Mill Hill Wines, Peckhams, Raeburn Fine Wines, Stainton Wines, Whole Foods Market, Wimbledon Wine Cellar,
Another one that manages to be rich but restrained, with flavours of plum, rhubarb and tinned fruit cocktail, some toasty nutty barrel influence, and hints of minerals. B(+)

McGuigan The Shortlist Chardonnay 2008, Adelaide Hills, Australia (£12.49 Majestic)
Just-ripe peach, and apricot with a touch of citrus, some creamy vanilla character but also tangy acidity, a touch simple, but still pleasant. B(-)

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