Flinty and fruity

Isabel Wild Barrique Chardonnay 2016, Marlborough, AUD $40

This is about as flinty as they come: the smell of fireworks is an accurate description. It has lots of struck-flint as well as intense fruit flavour. There’s excellent concentration, but it’s about much more than fruit. Rich but refined, satisfying – and never boring, right to the last drop. (Screwcap)

Score: 95 ★★★★★ – view Huon’s original tasting

Alcohol: 13.5%

Ageing: drink now to eight years

Food: Gozleme with spinach and feta

Stockists: Dan Murphy’s stores (from May 1). Australia only

Ranked: #6 of 48 2016 Chardonnay from Marlborough

Awarded: Top Rank

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