CHOICE wine picks

CHOICE's wine experts serve their verdict on the best wines to buy for the festive season.
 
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04.Chardonnay

Although chardonnay is the most widely planted white grape variety in Australia, its popularity has waned in recent years because of the swell of sauvignon blancs – especially those from New Zealand. Our judges unanimously declared that price generally reflects the quality of chardonnays, although one of our winners, the Goundrey Homestead Unwooded 2009, is a relative bargain at $17. Conversely, the Krinklewood 2008 costs $30 a bottle but fared worse than the Lindemans Bin 65 2009 and Hardys R&R 2009, both of which cost $10 or less. “The top five chardonnays really deliver wines you’d love to drink,” said Gregory. “They offer great  balance of fruit and acidity with good flavours, mouthfeel, finish, length and complexity.”

 

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The judges use the following scoring system: 18.5 and above: Gold. 17-18.4: Silver. 15.5-16.9: Bronze 14-15.4: Pleasant but undistinguished. 13.9-12.5: Ordinary; dull.

Table notes
*CHOICE member-nominated wines. Prices are based on our price survey carried out in Sydney

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