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A 50 / 50 blend of Chardonnay, for supple texture and subtle tropical fruits on the nose; and Macabeo, for zingy acidity and citrus characteristics, this is a lively, refreshing dry white that celebrates simplicity and good, honest winemaking without the hindrance of cheap oak. Give it a go it’s delicious, and fantastic value.
Bodegas Esteban Martin is a family-owned business founded in 2003 by Miguel Antonio Esteban and Asunción Martin. From the very start, the winery has always believed in caring for the environment and has pioneered the use of different sustainable practices for growing grapes. The winery is located at the foot of the Sierra de Algairén mountains – part of the Iberian System Mountain range – in the province of Zaragoza and owns some 400 hectares of vineyards. In 1985, Miguel Antonio Esteban decided to purchase 150 hectares of vineyards on the best land in the Cariñena PDO region. He acquired new plots of land year after year, before deciding to build his own winery in 2003.
Based in New South Wales, the Mino & Co. Winery has been operating since 1997 and source the best fruit from across the region to produce outstanding wine on a boutique scale.
This Chardonnay is pale lemon in colour; fresh fruits on the nose with hints of nectarine, peach and orange blossom with rich vanilla oak and a touch of spice. The palate is generous, expressing flavours of stone fruit and a citrus nuance, balanced acidity and subtle oak.
Great with white meats or buttery pastry dishes.
The family owned and operated estate Hanewald-Schwerdt was founded in 1955 in Leistadt. Today cousins, Thomas Hanewald & Stephan Schwerdt look after the family buisness which was established by their grandfather. The secret of their handcrafted wines is a unique limestone reef which dominates all the sites arround Leistadt. The vines are old and surrounded by a protected natural resort in the shade of the Haardt mountains.
A fruity, elegant Chardonnay with citrus aromas and hints of melon and vanilla spice. Juicy with good structure and subtle acidity that makes it very refreshing and a great accompaniment to seafood dishes, especially brook trout Müllerin.
Absolutely fantastic Chardonnay from a brilliant producer. A must-try for any Burgundy lover, the clay-rich soils of Bernouil give this wine its freshness, minerality and fruit-forward flavours. This is a light, fruity, easy-drinking wine. Such good value for money!
A fresh Natural wine from a great winemaker in Gascony. Crisp apple and pear fruit aromas, which mingle with delicate floral notes. On the palate the wine is lifted by exotic notes of kiwi and pineapple, yet the overwhelming character is that of precision, linear minerality and elegance.
A versatile wine well suited to serving with grilled trout or other river fish, young sheep’s cheese or as an aperitif. Grapes are sourced from organic vineyards located in the southwest of Gascony.
Classic tones of delicately exotic fruit, but balanced with a salinity thanks to the fresh, well-integrated acidity that suggests immediate drinkability, but promises a pleasant evolution over the next five years. Think Chablis but better than anything from that region at this price. Unoaked.
Works beautifully with a classic Veal Piccata, vegetable or seafood tempura and fresh salads.
This is a 23 hectare family run domaine situated in the small village of Bernouil, close to Chablis. They currently only bottle 10% of production, but are expanding to meet demand. The wines are crisp and mineral and typical of the Chablis region.
The well-renowned Kimmeridgean soils of Chablis give this wine it’s complex minerality accompanied by flavours of citrus and white flower. A good accompaniment to fish, seafood, poultry and soft cheeses.
This is an intense and mineral driven Chablis at an amazing price.
A fantastic tasting and amazing value fizz from South Africa. Made in the traditional ‘Champagne’ method, this wine is quite fruit driven with peach and citrus at the forefront, some toasted nuts character complements the stone fruits and creamy biscuit flavours. A wine for all occasions!
Keermont Estate may well take the prize for most beautiful vineyards and views in all of South Africa. And yup, there’s some pretty stiff competition! Nestled in a natural amphitheatre between the Stellenbosch and Helderberg mountains, their ambition is to produce wines that reflect the natural wonders of this exquisite place.
61% Chenin Blanc, 13% Sauvignon Blanc, 23% Chardonnay and 3% Viognier, with the backbone of the Chenin blanc from a 40 year old, unirrigated vineyard called ‘Riverside’. One of the great things about Keermont is that they never rush to release their wines, so it’s developed some nicely waxy notes, pear tarte tatin, butterscotch and honeysuckle, macadamia nuts with a herbal, both sweet meadow and fresh green herb palate and long, tangy finish.
A crisp Chablis from a great producer. Minerally on the nose with citrus fruit and beautifully balanced acidity.
This is a family business handed down from three generations. Today, Guy and Olivier run the estate which is set over 13 hectares of vineyards in the heart of Chablis. These vineyards are worked with great care and yields are kept low to produce expressive wines with concentrated fruit.
Winemaker Thierry Haberer has been making wines around the world for over a decade. He has spent time working in Bordeaux and Napa Valley in the USA before settling at the Holden Manz Wine Estate in Franschhoek Valley, one of South Africa’s premiere winemaking regions. The estate boasts 22 hectares of exclusively red grape varieties; Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Syrah.
The grapes for this white blend (40% Viognier, 40% Chardonnay and 20% Chenin Blanc) were hand selected from a variety of locations in Somerset West, Stellenbosch, Wellington and Paarl. They combine magnificently to produce a beautifully rounded, full bodied and well balanced wine. A bright, flinty nose with lime, green apples, tangerine and honeysuckle. The wine has had 12 month’s lees contact, adding creaminess and complexity. Absolutely sublime.
We love this wine with seared tuna steaks, tempura prawns with sweet chilli dipping sauce and mushroom wellington.
Located in the rolling hills of Ancona in the Marche, on the eastern coast of Italy, La Calcinara is headed up by the high-spirited and talented Berluti siblings, Paolo and Eleonora.
So named Clochard, meaning vagrant in French for being produced from verdicchio vines that lie outside the Verdicchio Castelli DOC boundary. Never underestimate the outsider! This is really very smart- lime zest, spring hawthorn and apple blossom, with a fine, chalky element and touch of cardamon too. The palate is zippy and bursting with life – lime juice, a gentle bitter and creamy almond note, and briney freshness too, finishing long and with long, yellow-pepper accented tang.
Established in 1982 by Richard and Jill McIntyre, Moorooduc Estate is a small, family run wine business that has developed an enviable reputation for complex and food friendly wines. Their wines are fermented using only wild yeasts (found on the skin of the grape and in the air) and minimal intervention to allow them to express the character of the individual vineyard sites.
This is a serious but seriously fun Chardonnay; Elegant and powerful with lemon and citrus aromas with notes of spice and cedar before a subtle balance of white peach, nectarine and lemon on the palate with an utterly satifying touch of brioche popping up at the finish from delicate French oak ageing. Wowsers.
Pairs beautifully with white meats, delicately spiced Asian dishes and pan fried salmon.
Coming from 50 year old vines, this wine has a delicate nose of stone fruit and white flowers. The palate is pure and linear, with wonderful tension, leading to a pleasant round fullness with hints of white pears. The very mineral, almost saline finish is very typical of the limestone terroirs of the Mâconnais area. This is a very pure and expressive wine. We love it!
Claude Maréchal makes his wines as naturally as possible, pure and sleek with vibrant fruit and great potential to age. Rich and creamy with a crisp freshness underpinning this fantastic wine.
Coming from the estate’s 35-year-old vines which are planted on the region’s revered Kimmeridgian soils, this imparts the wine with a driving mineral backbone which lifts the fruit and lingers ever so cleanly.
Floral notes of blossom and hawthorn, are joined by white fruits and a delicate minerality. A well-rounded, fresh, and enveloping palate with good concentration and length.
The selection for this blend is just three select barrels, one new French oak barrel (made from the Tronçais forest, matched to the characteristics of the vineyard) and two neutral French oak barrels, giving weight and balance to the blend. 75 cases produced. Some of the highest quality Chardonnay in Oregon.
Husband and wife team Gilles and Nathalie Fevre represent the fourth generation of the Fevre family growing grapes and making wine in and around the village of Fontenay-pres-Chablis.
Today they own some 50 hectares of vines, from which all their grapes are sourced, throughout the appellation.
All their vines are planted on the famous kimmeridgian limestone soils – essential in providing the unique character of classic, fine, steely, pure, minerally Chablis, so appreciated throughout the world.
The second release of Pieter’s first ever Chardonnay. The name comes from the barrel it was aged in: the first ever new barrel that Pieter bought. Luuks roughly translates from Afrikaans to ‘lux’ or ‘luxury’ in English and it became a bit of a nickname for this wine aged in their fancy new barrel.
There’s an opulence here – clotted cream, white flowers and buttered toast too. Honey cakes and a lush creaminess with hint of ginger. So well-balanced, and with a long future ahead of it.
From unirrigated vineyards on the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge, and this is just her third release! Crisp acidity and lean minerality underpin notes of melon and tangerine fruit and accents of lime blossom. A triumphant expression of terroir, this medium-bodied, cool climate wine is both silky and fresh and boasts a long, elegant finish.
The 2021 SRS Chardonnay was made with fruit sourced from a single site within the Wallcliffe area, long regarded as home to the finest Chardonnay wines of Margaret River.
Wild fermentation and maturation in large format oak for 10 months has resulted in a complex and refined Chardonnay. The wine displays underlying fruit power supported by savoury, mineral nuances and subtle French oak. This modern style ultimately complements many Australian food flavours, particularly seafood.
Drinking well now or cellar 5-10 years