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Sunday, 2 June 2013

Grant Burge Summers Chardonnay 2011‏, Australia

This Grant Burge Summers Chardonnay from Australia is a muscle car of a wine; there's lots of everything here - except elegance. But I rather like it.

 Pale straw gold in the glass, there are aromas of musky oak and ripe, tropical citrus fruit.

More ripe fruit on the palate, with toasty oak, sweet vanilla and some leesiness. So far, so textbook; more interesting is the lime zest and green apple flavours with a touch of white peach sharpness to the acidity that gives a more cool-climate edge.

Good length with a pleasant, balanced finish.

Perhaps a better analogy is the Austrian sportsman, actor and now politician Arnold Schwarzenegger - pumped up and likeably populist for sure, but not without a degree of ambition, intelligence or sophistication.

Match with roast chicken, pork or monkfish.

£15.99 from Eagle Wines, Le Canon Wines, Partridges of Sloane Street, North & South Wines, Field & Fawcett; provided for review.

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Grant Burge Wines - website, twitter

Image credits: Muscle Car, Arnie

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