Mantra Chardonnay, Margaret River 2014 $25
The colour is light yellow, the bouquet suggests toast, malt and butterscotch while the taste is intense and medium bodied with a soft, smooth texture, a clean dry finish and a touch of well-judged grip firming the finish. (Screw cap; 13.5 per cent alcohol.) Score 90 ★★★★ – view on huonhooke.com
Ageing? Drink now to five years.
Food idea: Marron tails grilled with plenty of butter.
Stockists: Carwyn Cellars, Thornbury (Vic); The Oak Barrel (NSW).
Ranked #5 of 15 2014 Chardonnay tasted from Margaret River
Price Benchmark: $24.50 Avg 90pt 2014 Chardonnay tasted from Australia