A post-France resolution is to post wine reviews more quickly. This pair are new release chardonnays from Patina from the Orange region. The first wine sees little oak, the reserve substantially more. Both are low in alcohol.
Patina Little Wood Chardonnay Orange 2011
Fermented in stainless steel and briefly matured in French oak. This release has aromatics of lemon, butterscotch and stone. The palate is dry and reminds of lemon and lemon rind. The mid palate has an earthy and nutty expression, and the finish is toasty. Pleasant.
Rating: Good, Abv: 12.1%, Price: $25
Patina Reserve Orange 2010
Fermented and aged for 12 months in new French oak, this wine has aromatics of oak, cedar and butter. The palate is more expressive, with cedar driven longish length, and flavours opening to expressions of nectarine, nectar and honey. The oak seems a little over-generous, cloaking its charms.
Rating: Good, Abv: 12%, Price: $45
Source: sample, Vendors and website: http://www.patinawines.com.au, Tasted: 2015