Coldstream Hills Chardonnay, Yarra Valley 2013 $35 Value: good Honeydew melon, pear and a light patina of nuttiness from barrel fermentation. It’s delicate but has intensity, focus and length. A refined, lightly oaked chardonnay that will take some age well. Now to seven years. 13
Fraser Gallop Estate Parterre Chardonnay, Margaret River 2012 $32 This is a bright, fruit-driven chardonnay with some green-herb aromas, building roast hazelnut and creamy lees characters. There is subtle underlying complexity while the wine is overall fresh, youthful and restrained, with zesty tautness, energy and
Rocland Estate Duck Duck Goose Shiraz, Barossa Valley 2012 $18 Both the cabernet and shiraz under this snappy label are great buys. Deep colour, clean fresh blackberry and spice aromas with hints of pepper and nutmeg. It’s a medium-bodied wine with soft tannins, moderate length
Greywacke Chardonnay, Marlborough 2010 $38 The bouquet is dominated by smoky matchstick sulfides, underneath which there’s rich, ripe grapefruit flavour. The fruit wins, especially on palate. It’s full in the mouth yet retains tightness of structure, backbone and elegance. A generous wine that holds its balance well. Now to 2017.