This is an excellent AOP Chablis from Christian Moreau and the 2018 vintage, frankly resembling a premier cru in terms of quality. It has pleasingly typical Chablis aromas of stones and a yoghurty, lees character. The palate is dry, with attractive stone and flint notes, medium length and linear, high acidity. I would ordinarily suggest drinking an AOP Chablis in its youth, but the quality in the glass here suggests the wine may improve with cellaring of 3 to 5 years. Rating: Very Good. Price: $50s. Abv: Not recorded. Website: https://www.domainechristianmoreau.com/eng/wines.html. Reviewed: June 2020.
Liv Zak’s Yarra Valley chardonnay from the 2019 vintage is quite different in style to the wine just reviewed. It has a subtle, creamy lemon aroma. The palate is full bodied, the acidity high and the length medium. This is a subtle and sound wine. The alcohol is listed as a precise (overly?) 13.35%. Ready to drink now. Rating: Good. Abv: 13.35. Price: $35. Website: https://warramundaestate.com.au/. Source: Sample. Reviewed: May 2020.
Curly Flat are a benchmark cool climate southern VIctorian producer. Their 2018 chardonnay has aromas of stone fruit, ripe nectarine and restrained cedar. The palate is full bodied, the acidity high and the length pleasingly long. An excellent Chardonnay that is ready to drink now. Rating: Very Good. Abv: NA. Price: $45. Website: https://curlyflat.com. Source: Sample. Reviewed: May 2020.
From benchmark New Zealand producer Kumeu River, this chardonnay proved a little too sculptured for me, with the hand of the winemaker evident. It opens to aromas of flint and smoke. The palate has high acidity, the body is full and the wine finishes on acidity rather than fruit. It proved somewhat hard work. Rating: Acceptable. Abv: 13.0. Price: $20. Website: https://kumeuriver.co.nz/. Reviewed: May 2020.
This is a good quality chardonnay from Limoux in the south of France. It has aromas of nectarine, stone fruit and apricots. The palate is full bodied, savoury, balanced and has good length. Ready to drink now. Rating: Good. Abv: NA. Price: $18. Website: https://www.martinolles.com/en/the-wines/limoux-white/. Source: Sample. Reviewed: April 2020.
This is a well made sparkling wine from the classic varieties of chardonnay and pinot noir. The producer is Wills Domain in the Margaret River. In the glass, there are light aromas of citrus and yeast. The palate has between medium and firm acidity. Well priced and suitable for current drinking. Rating: Good. Abv: NA. Price: $39. Website: http://willsdomain.com.au. Source: Sample. Reviewed: January 2020.
A modest vintage of this wine from the Adelaide Hills and d’Arenberg. Soundly made, it has an aroma of meal and lentils. The palate has high acidity and is quite angular. Ready to drink now. Rating: Acceptable. Abv: 12.5%. Price: $25. Website: https://www.darenberg.com.au Source: Sample. Reviewed: February 2020.
Angullong in Orange continue to produce wines that over perform. This chardonnay has aromas of restrained lemon, minerals and refined oak. The palate has a lacy acidity, good length and a subtle minerality. Ready to drink now, its style is reminscent of a Bourgogne Blanc. Rating: Good. Abv: NR. Price: $26. Website: https://www.angullong.com.au/. Source: Sample. Reviewed: February 2020.
Curly Flat produce a benchmark chardonnay style in the Macedon Ranges in Victoria. This wine opens to a lovely aroma of white nectarines. The acidity on the palate is towards high, but fine boned and attractive. Oak is well integrated and the length is long on the finish. Rating: Very Good. Abv: 13%. Price: $46. Website: https://curlyflat.com. Source: Sample. Reviewed: February 2020.
I recall listening to a really interesting Guildsomm podcast with Rodolphe Péters of Pierre Péters Champagne and it wasn’t obvious what he didn’t know about Champagne. It’s worth a listen. His wine here proved to be very good indeed and was tasted blind. In the glass, it has firm acidity, good length and a restrained, citrus like cut through. The palate is minerally and steely with an attractive brioche character. Overall, this is a very good to outstanding wine that can be approached now or over the next decade. Rating: Very Good. Abv: n/a. Price: n/a. Website: https://www.champagne-peters.com/en/home. Tasted: December 2019.