Stella Bella Serie Luminosa Chardonnay 2013, Margaret River, AUD $65
This subtle, beautifully balanced chardonnay has a touch of matchstick in its bouquet, mingled with restrained fruit that registers on the palate in grapefruit, lemon, cashew and subtle spice flavours. The aftertaste is long and harmonious. A smashing chardonnay of real finesse. (12.5 per cent alcohol; screw-cap)
Score: 96 ★★★★★ – view on HuonHooke.com
Ageing: Drink now to eight years.
Food: Grilled Western Australian marron.
Stockists: Stella Bella Wines; Twisted Vine, Preston (Vic.); Jim’s Cellars Waitara & Crows Nest (NSW)
Ranked #3 of 71 2013 Chardonnay tasted from Margaret River
Price Benchmark: AUD $69.17 Avg 96pt 2013 Chardonnay tasted from Australia