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McWilliam's Hanwood Estate Chardonnay

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The McWilliam’s Hanwood range constantly confounds us. We simply don’t know how they manage to make such a convincing bunch of wines for under $15. Yet McWilliam’s have always proved to be smart operators at both the premium and bargain end of the market. This Chardonnay in a previous vintage managed to blitz the opposition in the Chardonnay Du Monde and beat wines that were ten times the price to winning top gold. It’s complex with peach and melon as well as some butterscotch complexity, these flavours carry onto the palate with added vanilla as well as a clean acid finish.

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McWilliam's Hanwood Estate Chardonnay

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Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
A perennial bargain, layered with vibrant grapefruit and white peach with nuances of almond depth. It’s driven as much by primary fruit as it is by its zesty, tangy acid profile, which provides backbone to its well-rounded, primary white fruits.
Wine Taste Edition 102 2013
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Full straw-green; impeccable quality at the price, the cooler-grown components having more to say than those from the Riverland (and elsewhere); oak has been deliberately kept to a minimum.
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition 2013
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
Hanwood’s secret is a cascade of fruit from McWilliam’s extensive vineyard networks. A whopping 40% of cool climate fruit from top regions (Yarra, Tumbarumba, etc) ensures that this stone fruit-focused style remains fresh, zesty and citrusy
Wine Taste - Edition 31
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Bright straw-green; as is so often the case, is ridiculously good value; the varietal character is crystal clear, yet the wine has considerable complexity and texture, reflecting its multi-region (some first class) origins.
To 2014
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Nectarine and spice bouquet, with a little citrus providing lift; juicy and fine, with persistent varietal character playing across the palate; excellent quality for the price.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Very well made, middle of the road Chardonnay; melon and stone fruit with a whisk of oak. Gold medal, Rutherglen Wine Show '06 surprising. Value.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
As usual, over-delivers dramatically; fruit-driven with melon and citrus notes ex cool-climate components; the barest hint of oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Very classy wine at the price; excellent varietal stone fruit and melon on a smooth, long palate. Still fresh.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Medium yellow-green; already showing some development; the moderately intense and quite complex bouquet is driven by peachy fruit, and just a hint of oak in the background. The light to medium-bodied palate is well balanced, with some stone fruit and that hint of oak. How it won the trophy for Best Current Vintage White Wine of Show at the 2002 Royal Queensland Wine Show, is anyone's guess, but it's great value.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Smooth melon and nectarine fruit coupled with creamy, nutty nuances and a touch of oak, all adding depth and complexity. As ever, exceptional value.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002

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