Hoddles Creek Estate Chardonnay, Yarra Valley 2014 $19.95
This is a reliable, good-value chardonnay that always delivers. Grapefruit aromas, lightly handled oak, and whiff of reduction giving a smoked-chicken note. The palate is tight, dry and savoury, with tingling acidity and a long, cleansing aftertaste. (Screw cap; 13.2 per cent alcohol.) Score 89 ★★★½ – view on huonhooke.com
Ageing? Drink now to six years.
Food idea: Caramellised onion tartlet with goat’s curd.
Stockists: Bonds Corner, Northbridge and C’ellar Vie, Turramurra (NSW); Bottega Tasca and Prince Wine Store (Vic.)
Ranked #10 of 25 2014 Chardonnay tasted from Yarra Valley
Price Benchmark: $26.13 Avg 89pt 2014 Chardonnay tasted from Australia