jamie goode's wine blog: Two brilliant new world Chardonnays

Monday, December 07, 2009

Two brilliant new world Chardonnays

New world Chardonnay is a relatively uncool category for wine geeks. But styles and fashions are changing, and there are some that I really like. Here are two very good, equivalently priced Chardonnays that I really enjoyed. They're both from the 2006 vintage and are ageing beautifully, with good balance.

Clos du Val Chardonnay 2006 Carneros, Napa Valley
13.5% alcohol. Very fresh aromatic nose with subtle toasty notes, bright lemon and melon fruit, as well a subtle creaminess. The palate has a lovely savoury toasty streak to the lively lemon and just-ripe peach and white plum fruit. Complex with a hint of spice on the finish. Fresh, broad and focused, this is a lovely wine with great balance. 92/100 (18.99 Hennings Wines, 16.50 Caviste)

Penfolds Bin 311 Tumbarumba Chardonnay 2006 Australia
13.5% alcohol. Lovely bright fresh fruit-driven nose with lemon oil, grapefruit, white peach and pineapple notes. The palate is fresh but rounded with focused bright fruit and subtle toasty, spicy warmth. Fresh, bright and developing in a lovely restrained style with good complexity and very little obvious oak influence. 93/100 (17.99 Waitrose, Tesco.com)

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At 8:56 PM, Anonymous Simon said...

Wasn't a fan of the Clos du Val - just found it too blobby and confected (more here - http://is.gd/5fgYf)

At 8:55 AM, Anonymous Ralph said...

If you like these, you should try the Shaw & Smith M3 Vineyard Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2006. Brilliant stuff.

At 4:49 AM, Blogger Vinogirl said...

Only drink the Clos du Val Zinfandel (Primitivo), not usually available to the US market but a employee/friend gets it for me for $5 a bottle...hard to beat!


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