2011 McWilliam’s Hanwood Estate Chardonnay

88.jpgThis very moderately priced Aussie Chardonnay walks the line between round buttery wines slathered in oak and linear bright wines from stainless steel. Crisp, with soft edges and vanilla that stays in the background, judicious use of the wood does great service to good fruit. Red apple flavors give way to peach, with just a touch of pie crust in the background. The price makes a good wine a great bargain. Buy it by the case and enjoy it year round. Drink with fried chicken. Recommended. 88 points.

WHO: McWilliam’s Estate
WHAT: Chardonnay
WHERE:  South Eastern Australia
DESIGNATION: Hanwood Estate
WHEN: 2011