10/07/05 – Scotchmans Hill (Australia) Chardonnay 2003

Scotchmans Hill (Australia) Chardonnay 2003
Big, buttery, generously oaked and abundantly fruity Australian Chardonnay is about as ‘out’ as its possibly to be in some wine-loving circles, but I have to say that a nicely chilled bottle of this warmth and sunshine in a glass is still something I love – when it is as well made and well balanced as this example from the Geelong vineyards of Scotchmans Hill. 100% French oak barrel fermented and aged (for one year, in a mix of new and three-year-old barrels) this has a gloriously decadent nose, overflowing with butter, candied yam and pineapple and a creamy background of cashew nut and toast. On the palate it manages a fine balance between that ripe, juicy, unctuously sweet and limpid fruit and taut mineral acidity with some lemony fruit character adding to the sense of poise and freshness. Just a delicious wine of its style. £9.99 Oddbins.