Cherubino – Chardonnay – Ad Hoc – Hen and Chicken – 2014 (17.5 – 18). Complex, yet harmonious nose. Grapefruit, peach and pineapple spring to mind, with a touch of Jasmine. Relatively tight and modern, the underlying ripe fruit builds with air. The acid balance here is excellent, and the creamy texture a highlight. Oak a touch noticeable, but this settles back with air. Excellent value. (RRP $22).
Frankland Estate – Chardonnay – Isolation Ridge – 2013 (17.6). (RRP $27). The pineapple-like fruit is more obvious here with flinty notes adding interest. Though rich and round, there is a degree of polish that elevates this above average. The quality oak adds texture and depth to close. Excellent current drinking.
Topper’s Mountain – Chardonnay Blend – Bricolage – 2013 (17.5). A nice wine this. On the nose, the relatively muted fruit touches on the tropical spectrum. With air, this opens to show stone fruit, hints of spice and rose water perfume. The palate is savoury and textured, with excellent length, persistence and mouth-feel. A smart wine that is a treat to drink and should partner Asian food very well. Did I mention the excellent packaging?
Bella Riva – Pinot Grigio – King Valley – 2013 (17). In a true Grigio style, where the savoury textural notes are emphasised and the fruit muted. Fresh and light bodied, this would be perfect with a caesar salad. Value! (RRP $16).
Shottesbrooke – Chardonnay – 1337 – NV (16.8). The mousse is quite foamy initially. There is a lovely clean, fresh nose. The palate is light and fresh, with fresh lemon-like acidity. I like the mouth-feel, even if there is not great depth to the fruit. The finish feels quite dry, making for a good value summer’s afternoon drink. Must be applauded for using a crown seal (beer cap) closure. (RRP $20).