For a vintage that has been somewhat maligned, 2016 has produced some stunning chardonnays.
Where to start? Best Australian wines? Best imports? Best current release wines? Best value for money wines? There are simply too many ways to tackle the question.
As 2017 draws to a close, it is time to reflect on some of the top wines I have tasted over the year.
In my recent tastings of Rhône whites, these three stood out like beacons.
My latest chardonnay tasting of 118 wines yielded 17 wines scoring gold-ribbon or above; another 19 scoring 93 to 94 points.
In my recent tasting of 110 shirazes, seven of the top 10 were from southern Victoria or Canberra.
My latest pinot noir tasting of 94 wines revealed many stunners.