Five Chardonnays from Australia, New Zealand & France

The last of the catch-up-on-tasting-notes posts (see intro HERE if that doesn’t make sense)

Blind Spot Chard-001Blind Spot Chardonnay 2014, Yarra Valley, Australia (£7.95 The Wine Society)
Dry, crisp, tangy young wine, lots of taut apple and lemon flavours balanced by leesy richness, pure and clean, but not lacking depth, brilliant value. S-


De Bort Chard-001De Bortoli Estate Grown Chardonnay 2013, Yarra Valley, Australia (£15.55 The Bottleneck)
Young, quite tense style, just a hint of the spent match (rather than the unsubtle dollop that some Aussie Chardonnays seem to think implies complexity) alongside the nutty floral citrus and apple flavours, and a taut, stony finish. Good now, but its best is still to come. S


Craggy Chard-001Craggy Range Kidnappers Vineyard Chardonnay 2012, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand (£19.95 The New Zealand Cellar, Oz Wines, The Square Wine Company, Hailsham Cellar, Harvey Nichols)
I like this more with time. It’s a lot about winemaking, with that spent match leanness to the fore, but it does it very well, and there’s this lightly nutty citrus fruit to keep you entertained beyond the reduction. Maybe lacks the ability to mix curves in with the svelteness, but this is a wine I hogged at my end of the table throughout a meal. S


Domaine Cornin Pouilly Fuissé 2011, Burgundy, France (contact Sip & Learn)
A bit oaky, and quite plump in style, with its pineapple chunk intensity, alongside the ripe red apple and orange flavours. Does calm down a little with time, but maybe lacks the poise of a really good wine. B(+)


Tribut-001Laurent Tribut Chablis 2011, Burgundy, France (£20.99 Lea & Sandeman)
There’s almost a saline edge to the floral/herby aromas here, then the classic Chablis mix of rich flavours – honey-tinged citrus and ripe green apple – and lean structure, with a pronounced mineral tang, and a lovely mouthwatering finish. S(+)

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