2007 Yalumba Winery Chardonnay "Wild Ferment"
Eden Valley, Barossa, South Australia
WB Rating: 87

Alcohol by volume: 13.5%
Price at time of purchase: $10.99 (Costco)
Type: Chardonnay
Principal varietal(s): Chardonnay

After drinking a lot of inexpensive, soft, tasty but simple Australian Shirazes, I expected this bargain Chardonnay to be sweet, soft, alcoholic, and oaky. Wrong! This wine is instead very French-like in texture - crisp, leesy, mineral-laden, great with food. Flavors highlighted by citrus and lemon curd along with roasted nuts and a strong wet-gravel-like mineral note. Very little sense of oak influence, though the wine is aged at least partially in oak; has the feel of a non-malolactic acid balance. Reminiscent of a nicely made French Macon, this is an excellent buy. - HK 2009-03-04


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