This is the enttry-level chardonnay from Mornington Peninsula pioneer Stonier and my good goodness it is drinking well. If you are looking for a serious "drink now" chardonnay that offers terrific value for money then you won't go wrong here. The 2017 Stonier Chardonnay was fermented in a mix of French oak barriques and puncheons (15% new), for a total of 10 months. Several batches from cooler vineyards were allowed to undergo the acid-softening malo-lactic fermentation with the rest retaining their bright acidity. There are peach and citrus notes here, nuts and nougat, along with vibrant acidity and lots of length. If you share my palate this a real winner. $25. www.stonier.com.au.
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Langhorne Creek is one of the least appreciated quality wine regions of Australia; producing impressively nuanced fruit that is widely sought-after by the big boys of the industry. The Follett family from Lake Breeze are among the best producers in the region; and their wines always offer good value. This is an impressive Bordeaux-style blend of cabernet sauvignon, petit verdot and malbec that is right in the zone, although it will comfortably cellar for several more years. Produced in tiny amounts, matured for 20 months in new French oak, this is shining example of Langhorne Creek quality. Stylish enough to take to dinner at the boss's place.$45. www.lakebreeze.com.au.
Wednesday, January 9, 2019
I left it several weeks before getting to my sample of the new Pikes riesling - because I knew exactly what I would be tasting. You simply cannot beat this Clare Valley classic for consistency and value for money. As 2018 was an outstanding riesling vintage, I expected this to be vibrant, zesty and delicious with lime/lime bite to the fore. I was right, of course. This is one of those wines where it is hard to go wrong. Pair it with barbecued prawns. $26. www.pikeswines.com.au.