At the end of a tasting of Hardy's Chardonnays, led by my friend Belinda Stone, last year, we were given a bottle of William Hardy Chardonnay 2013 to take home.
It had been my favourite everyday wine of the evening, even if the overall best was the £25 Eileen Hardy Chardonnay 2008 - still several years off being ready, let alone at a peak.
Priced at a more modest £8.99, this William Hardy Chardonnay is an adept, textbook entry-level European-style Chardonnay.
Sandy yellow with aromas of citrus and melonskin; ripe tropical citrus, freshness, buttery toasty oak and a touch of zestiness with a persistent finish. Very quaffable.
A versatile food wine, match with creamy pasta, roast chicken, coconut curry or meaty white fish.
Available from Tesco, priced at £59.94 for a case of six.
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