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Five Chardonnays from Argentina October 21, 2015 at 11:48 am

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Viñalta Chardonnay 2014, Mendoza, Argentina (£8.00 Marks & Spencer)
A slightly disjointed style, with overrichness – creamy toffee, slightly confected pineapple and fig – set against underrichness -grapefruit pith. And doesn’t seem to settle down with time… C

Andeluna 1300 Chardonnay 2014, Mendoza, Argentina (~£11-12 Anglia Wines, Smoking Jacket, Strictly Wine, Alice News Ltd, Wined Up Here, Chez Vin, Flagship Wines, Harper Wells)
Crisp, confident style with lemon, melon and peach flavours, a stony bite, and some carbon dioxide to add further freshness. B

P15 Chardonnay 2013, Patagonia, Argentina (£10.99 Hispa Merchants)
Reminds me of an Aussie Chardonnay/Semillon, with the ripe peach and pineapple (fresh and tinned) of the former and the zesty edge of the latter. Maybe a bit simple, but a decent enough drink. B-

Tapiz Chardonnay 2013, Mendoza, Argentina (£11.99 Hispa Merchants, Mill Hill Wines, Champion Wines, Flagship Wines, Shenfield Wine Co, The Good Wine Shop (Chiswick))
Built a bit like the Andeluna, with crisp apple, citrus and melon alongside plusher peach, passionfruit and guava, but this also has a note of oatmeal and a creamy texture. Rather pleasant. S-

Doña Paula Chardonnay 2011, Mendoza, Argentina (£12-£15 Thedrinkshop.com, John Murray, Chez Vin)
The oldest here but this still feels as if its best is yet to come. Nutty oatmeal, lush texture with the peach, passionfruit and pineapple flavours reined in by citrus acidity, evolves in the glass and dances on your tongue. Me like. S(-)

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