Tyrrell’s Hunter Valley Chardonnay 2014
A little brother to Vat 47 according to the label. Matured in a mix of new and old oak, just like its more expensive brother.
Part of the appeal here is a great Hunter Chardonnay vintage. You can smell the perfect ripeness from first whiff, with banana oak and yeast characters over a surprisingly taut palate.
It’s not particularly complex, and there’s a little warmth on the finish, but otherwise it’s just a lovely Chard for anyone into the more medium bodied, mod-Hunter style.
For $20 this is Goldilocks Chardonnay.
Details: 13.5%, Screwcap, $20
Tasted: March 2015, Sample
Best drinking: 2015-2019
Score: 17.7/20, 92/100
Would I buy it? Yes. This would be a shining star on an pub wine list.
Buy online: Australian Wine Centre