Smart Yarra chardonnay

Balgownie Estate Chardonnay, Yarra Valley 2014 AUD$45

The colour is light to medium straw and the bouquet contains nutty and almond meal nuances. It’s very intense and concentrated in the mouth with a core of ripe fruit sweetness and a long, long finish. A very smart chardonnay. (Screw cap; 13.5 per cent alcohol.)

Score: 93 ★★★★½ – view on huonhooke.com

Ageing: Drink now to eight years.

Food idea: Scallops with a buttery sauce.

Stockists: Cambridge Cellars, Caulfield North (Vic.); IGA O’Connor (ACT)

Ranked #10 of 69 2014 Chardonnay tasted from Victoria

Price Benchmark: $42.69 Avg 93pt 2014 Chardonnay tasted from Australia

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