With the weather picking up again (at last!), it was time to break out the whites again this time a classy Robert Oatley, Aussie Chardonnay from Margaret River.
Chardonnay still seems to get a bad press ( not with me I hasten to add) with a lot of bad overly oaked and flabby offerings but if you get a good one there’s nothing better and having picked this bottle up from my local Co op store for £9.99 I must say it was worth every penny. Usually I’m on the hunt for offers and deals but this bottle is one of the few I’d happily pay full price for again and if it’s ever on offer I will probably be clearing the shelf.
So what’s it like, well, as you may have gathered I liked this a lot, in the glass it’s a very light straw colour with pronounced aromas of Peach, pear and apples with a hint of wood.
Taste wise is where this really shines, I got a mouthful of ripe peaches along with a slight creaminess although still remaining bright and fresh. There was also a mild saline quality which i really liked. The oak was there but not over the top and it just seemed beautifully balanced.
Brilliant with food or equally as good on its own, this was yet another wine I was tempted to give that elusive 9/10 corks but just can’t bring myself to press that last number on my keyboard, so I’m still waiting for that special bottle but this came pretty damn close again.
Heaven knows what a 10/10 will taste like, if I ever get there but the 9/10 is getting closer, roll on the next wine.
My rating 8.5/10 corks
Co op £9.99