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The Drinks Business: Best Chardonnays

Congratulations to Bird in Hand and Bouchard Finlayson, whose wines have appeared in The Drinks Business’ recent review of the World’s Best Chardonnays under £20. All wines were tasted blind by a panel of MWs and Master Sommeliers, with no indication of country or region.

Bird in Hand Chardonnay 2015: This entry-point Chardonnay from one of Australia’s most talented winemakers – Kym Milne MW – has crisp lemon and ripe pineapple fruit, along with flavours of smoke and toast due to barrel-ageing on its lees. It delivers plenty of interest for the price, it’s just slightly less weighty and persistent than this winery’s pricier expressions.

Bouchard Finlayson Missionvale Chardonnay 2014: Bouchard Finlayson, as one of South Africa’s most respected producers of Burgundy-style whites and reds, has crafted a great example of relatively affordable Chardonnay in a restrained style: expect peach flavours but also a firm apple-like bite, combined with a background toastiness from barrel-ageing. A first-rate Chardonnay at an attractive price.