Pepperilly Chardonnay 2012 (Geographe, WA)
12.8%, Screwcap, $28
Still, underneath this is a cool, early-picked, melon and grapefruit driven Chardonnay with a nicely balanced, almost milky finely leesy palate. Texturally very attractive and certainly fresh and lively, suggesting early picked fruit and careful use of oak and limited malolactic fermentation.
Good, fresh Chardonnay needing just a little more intensity required for greatness.
Score: 17.5/20, 91/100
Would I buy it? Not quite, but close.