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Hoddles Creek Chardonnay 2011

Vintage: 2011

Style: Oaked whites

Country: Australia 

Region: Yarra Valley 

Overview: Australian Chardonnay is clawing way back from its shame days of being heavily oaked and taken to far in the malolactic fermentation (the result of which makes the wine buttery rather than creamy). The region trail blazing our resurgence with elegant, well balanced Chardonnay is the Yarra Valley. The cooler climate retains those refined citrus flavours and careful oaking has made way for our New Order of Chardonnay.

As I have said before, Chardonnay will never be as popular as it once was because it’s a food wine not a throw-down-your-gullet-on-a-hot-afternoon-wine and believe me that is a good thing.

As is typical of the Yarra this wine has a great minerality to it making it more delicate than Chardonnay from warmer climates like the Hunter and Margaret River. Some people may still like the punch-in-the-face style of Chardonnay but this wine will convert them. Trust me.

PS: I am aware that minerality is not a real word, it’s been made up by winos to describe characters like talc, flint and chalk. Why? Because we can. Gootely Verab all (wino speak for ‘happy drinking all’- well not really, I’m just making words up for the sake of it now, ‘cause I’m a wino.)

Tasting note: Aromas of citrus, brioche and soft oak tones on the nose. Flavours of grapefruit, white fleshed nectarine and talc. The oak is subtle, elegant and nicely integrated. The finish is flinty and clean.

Final Say: If you haven’t tried Chardonnay in a while or absolutely love Chardonnay like me give this classy drop a try. You’ll pick it up for $20 a bottle, great buy.

 

Score: 18.5 out of 20 (93/100)

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Jack Davis

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