Buy of the Week AU

Hoddles Creek Estate Chardonnay 2016, Yarra Valley, AUD $21

This wine deserves a little care and attention before drinking as it has more complexity than is normally seen in wines of this price, thus needs to be treated accordingly.

There are a lot of secondary characters in this wine, immediately evident on opening, though the fruit is a little subdued at first so decanting will help the wine to bloom. Attractive almond meal aromas introduce a delicately fruity palate that is fresh, taut and flavoursome. It has lemon, sugared-almond and fresh pear flavours. A savoury vein runs through the length of the wine giving balance to the sweet fruit. It is a well-crafted drop that is a steal at this price. 

Score: 92 ★★★★ – view Toni’s original tasting

Alcohol: 13.2%

Ageing: now to 2021

Food: Poached chicken salad with sesame quinoa

Stockists: Hoddles Creek Estate; Prince Wine Store – Vic (AU)

Ranked #9 of 75 2016 Chardonnay from Australia 

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