Onannon Chardonnay 2017

I’ve been getting a bit of heat from one of Australia’s most prominent Chardonnay fanciers about dragging the chain posting reviews on his favourite grape. Well, I get pressure on so many fronts, so it’s good to have a new one to add to my list. I’m all about diversity.

This is smoking Chardonnay, and a little smoky with it too. The struck match, almond, nectarine and citrus leads the way, then into a palate that’s singing in clear voice. Flinty, bright, juicy, almond and stuck match – finesse and power – crunch of green pear and grapefruit to close. Oak lends some spice and structural scaffolding, but feels a minor player. Magnificent. It’s one of those “Am I 95 or 96 points here?” wines, and while I used to be indecisive, I still don’t much like putting numbers on bottles.

Tasted : Jul18
Alcohol : 13.5%
Price : $37
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2018 - 2027
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