Brokenwood Forest Edge Chardonnay, Orange 2014 $55
This is a delicate, restrained but intense, pared-back modern style of chardonnay. The aromas suggest minerals, grapefruit and nectarine; in the mouth it’s tight and reserved, its lightness adding to its exceptional drinkability. (Screw cap; 12.5 per cent alcohol.) Score 93 ★★★★½ – view on huonhooke.com
Ageing? Drink now to eight years.
Food idea: Free-range chicken poached in stock.
Stockists Armidale Cellars (Vic); Red Bottle, Pyrmont and Kemeny’s (NSW).
Ranked #2 of 18 2014 Chardonnay tasted from New South Wales