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James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge - the result & best value

James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge - the result & best value | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

The results are out for Mr Halliday's Chardonnay challenge and there seem to be a couple of value choices in the winners.

 

$22 will grab you a bottle of Eden Road 'The Long' Road Chardonnay 2011. With a score of 96 it's bound to tickle your tastebuds.

http://www.unitedcellars.com.au/products/eden-road-the-long-road-chardonnay-2011

 

Potentially even better, $21 can get you a bottle of 2011 Fraser Gallop Estate Parterre Chardonnay. At 97 points and described as being "more Chablis like", this one sounds very intersting.

http://www.winesale.com.au/epages/shop.sf/en_AU/?ObjectPath=/Shops/winesale/Products/32841

 

Got over $100 burning a hole in your pocket? Then you can splash out on a bottle of the winner, Penfold's 2008 Yattarna Chardonnay. Maybe they're achieving their goal of producing a white wine to sit alongside Grange. If you're buying a couple of bottles then don't forget to invite me to the opening!

 

Links for UK purchases (not necessarily the same vintage, so beware):

http://www.winedirect.co.uk/fraser-gallop-wilyabrup-aka-parterre-chardonnay-2010

 

I can't find these in the USA at the moment.

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Bubbling up in Otago?

Rudi Bauer, wine maker at Quartz Reef, says that more producers are following his trailblazing sparkling wine production.

 

Central Otago is best know for its savoury Pinot Noirs. Will they really get a higher premium price for sparkling wines, or will this just be a niche product? I'm not sure.

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