Say Aussie Chardie and I think of big, blockbuster, oaky "sunshine in a glass"; these two are nowhere near that.
Dalrymple Cave Block Chardonnay 2012 (£22.99) Tasmania is cool-climate central for Australia; pale in the glass, this chardie is zippy and zesty-limey, yet also incredibly pure and rounded underneath it. Precise, focused and concentrated.
Good and will improve with age.
Think Chablis or Sancerre and match with goat's cheese, oysters or shellfish.
Vasse Felix Chardonnay 2013 (£21.99) there's oak on the nose, but it's very tastefully done; ripe citrus fruits, fresh acidity, lime flowers and layers of creamy, nutty oatmeal. As deft and assured as David Beckham in a Savile Row suit. Very Good.
A versatile food wine, match with any white meat - roast chicken, pork terrine or mushroom risotto.
Provided for review.
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