McGuigan Signature Reserve Wild Ferment Chardonnay

By | July 19, 2007

Hurrah! Barloworld won another stage. I’m stretching reality a little far claiming a British victory, but the team is registered in the UK. Barloworld are doing absurdly well, and you have to love them for that, it’s like Coventry winning the FA Cup 10 years ago, so improbable that you have to be happy for them.

Robbie Hunter is the first South African to win a Tour stage, and in an unforgiveable oversight, given how few people from major wine producing countries have been winning lately, I don’t have a South African wine in the queue. Stretching my rules again I’m opting for a Hunter Valley wine in his honour, a McGuigan Signature Reserve Wild Ferment Chardonnay 2006.

It’s lemon-gold and has plenty of melony fruit and toasty oak on the nose. Maybe it’s the suggestion of wild yeast but it does have a biscuity yeast aroma too. It’s dry and crisp with citrus and peach adding to the mix. 13% alcohol s very civilised for an Australian Chardonnay. It’s not cheap, but at £7 from Majestic, it’s good value and offers something slightly different in the world of Chardonnay.