Potentially the least talked about wine in the Wynn’s gabled stable. I’m not sure why that is, perhaps Coonawarra just isn’t seen as a fashionable Chardonnay area. The SA Wine Grape Crush Survey, 2014 noted that 5% of that harvest was Chardonnay, the most of any white grape in Coonawarra. Yet it seems that Riesling seems to be thrust forward as the region’s marquee white. Regardless, under the very steady hand of Sue Hodder and the team, Wynns produce a restrained, solid expression.
Wynns Coonawarra Estate, Chardonnay, 2015
Maturation in stainless steel and new and used French oak. Heading towards the richer end of the Chardonnay spectrum with ripe brown pear fruit, creamy nut spread, soft peaches and grilled lime citrus. Pleasant Chardonnay drinking here with flavours of ripe stone fruit, little quartz rocks and some spice from just the right amount of oak. All this being driven along by an acid freshness that sneaks up from behind. Strikes the right balance between oak and fruit. Good drinking value.
RRP: $24.99 (but will be found much cheaper)