Alissa Jenkins and the Australian Traveller magazine team once again have put their palates on the line for wine. Here’s a range of very different Australian chardonnays.
2011 Omran Chardonnay, Great Southern, WA
With a lovely honeysuckle and citrus nose, this unoaked chardonnay displays slight minerality on the palate with a zesty tang. Crisp and refreshing, it has the easy-drinking qualities of a sauvignon, and an easy price to match. $19. plantagenetwines.com
2011 Hoddels Creek 1ER Chardonnay, Yarra Valley, Vic
A classic example of old-school chardonnays,this has a bold, woody, almost cured-meat aroma,enlivened by a hint of grapefruit. Equally woody flavours follow, while cashew nut and melon characters also come through. Best enjoyed with a rich and creamy poultry dish. $40. hoddlescreekestate.com.au
2010 Cullen Kevin John Chardonnay, Margaret River, WA
Brilliant pale straw in colour, this has a complex perfume made up of fresh citrus notes, buttered toast and even a tinge of wasabi. Roast almonds, creamy butter and citrus flavours fill the mouth, creating a well-balanced and lingering finish. Magic. $105. cullenwines.com.au