I was given a bottle of Rawnsley Estate Chardonnay 2005 as a gift for doing someone a favour. It wasn’t a big favour, and I wasn’t expecting a present for it, so a bottle of Australian Chardonnay was a kind thought.
It has a handy screwtop and is a rich yellow colour. I know I should call it golden, or straw, but it’s Watford FC yellow. It’s clean and fresh, but not overpowering, positively restrained for an Aussie Chardonnay.
It’s dry with good, balanced acidity, feeling full and rounded in the mouth. There’s a little bit of peach stone, but plenty of citrus fruit and some fresh apple. The flavour sticks around, and keeps developing. 12.5% alcohol, again shows great restraint.
My gift giver isn’t a wine geek, and this was an unexpected treat. It’s from McGuigan Simeon wines, a giant corporation that produces McGuigan, Tempus Two and a whole Lake Erie of supermarket brand wines.
Really, the favour didn’t deserve a gift, but thanks!