Wine review: McGuigan Shortlist Chardonnay, 2011, Adelaide Hills

Shortlist is a range of individually numbered and limited release wines from McGuigan.

The small print:

Adelaide Hills – 13% abv – Grape: chardonnay – Buy: Tesco online –  Price:  £15   – screwcap – 2011 – Tasted Feb 23 2014 – Drink in 5 years of vintage

Food matches

Creamy pasta, poultry dishes, shellfish, grilled beef, steamed mussels

What it says on the vin:

Fruit: Schuberts Vineyard Adelaide Hills
Fermentation: Natural yeast in oak
Oak: New French hogsheads
Maturation: Lees stirred once a week for 8 months
Analysis: 13.0% Alc/Vol

On McGuigan website … This award-winning Chardonnay benefits from the cool climate of Schubert’s Vineyard in the Adelaide Hills and wild-yeast fermentation in French oak barrels. It is superbly rich, elegant and complex wine with flavours of peach, melon, lemon and delicate oak and a refreshing zippy aftertaste.

McGuigan Shortlist Chardonnay wine 2011, Adelaide Hills
McGuigan Shortlist Chardonnay, 2011, Adelaide Hills

In my glass:

Subtle honeyed oak with grilled pineapple and vanilla pods. Loved it; a lively lasting taste of spritely acidity  with zippy lemon and more creamy vanilla.

Find out more about McGuigan wines on their website here 

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