The participants: The Settler’s Liquor Store Tasting Collective (S.L.S.T.C), guided by Charlotte.
The mission: Chardonnay blind tasting
Time: Wednesday night
Place: Reputable Margaret River drinking establishment (upstairs)
Diversity. What in the hell is it? Well, I could be wrong, but I believe diversity is an old, old wooden ship that was used during the American Civil War era.
Actually, that was Ron Burgundy’s take.
An Australian take on diversity would be that it is like Alf Stewart’s Flamin’ Hot Sauce. The spice of life. Variety!
Speaking of diversity and variety and such, did you know that Alf AKA Ray Meagher – apart from his acting and hot sauce – has also branched out with his own unisex perfume called Raygrance Number 1? Triple threat. Stone the flamin’ crows!
The beauty of Chardonnay, some say, is in its diversity. It’s a veritable raft (or old, old wooden ship) of winemaking styles and techniques. It can produce so many wonderfully diverse and interesting drops, paradoxically all from just the one variety of wine grape. Stone the flamin’ crows, indeed! Now let’s sample the diverse delights from home and away. Hah!
2018 Zeppelin Big Bertha, Riverina $12.99
This was an ‘old fashioned’ Chardy with fruity melon on the nose, opening up to a creamy vanilla butterball on the palate. A sweet little quaffer.
2016 Deep Woods Estate Side by Side, Margaret River $14.99
This was quite shy on the nose, almost ghostly. But like Casper, a friendly ghost. An all-rounder with citrus, mainly grapefruit, on the palate. A little ripper at this price!
2017 Flametree, Margaret River $23.99
A subtle and elegant nose. And is it limey or is that Meyer Lemon (and is that also an old NY Jewish gangster)? A fleshy palate with nice oak. Our best seller at Settlers.
2016 William Fèvre Petit Chablis, France $29.99
This drop was all things to all people. Polished wood in the church with some floral wildflower tributes on the nose, and a rich and lovely diffused honey on the palate. The far left bank of French funk.
2017 Atticus Chardonnay, Margaret River $37.99
Pale, almost clear in colour, a nutty mineral nose with yummy oak and a tart citrus palate that really opened up.
2017 Arimia Estate, Margaret River $39.99
From the northern end of town. Stone fruits with pineapple and mango. Toasty and creamy seductiveness. Mmmm, how could you go wrong?
2017 Fraser Gallop Parterre, Margaret River $32.99
A most pleasant savoury nose, (no fruit bombs here!) Classic Margaret River Chardonnay. Very easy. Easy like Sunday mornin’.
2017 Cape Grace, Margaret River $38.99
Jasmine whiff on the nose and a delicate palate with a dollop of lemon curd. A lovely drink with or without tucker.
2016 Howard Park Icon Allingham, Margaret River $73.99
Strewth! A beauty on the nose. Pebbly mineral. Some pleasant struck match. A voluptuous palate with loooong length. Extremely well balanced and just plain luv’ly!
2016, Flametree SRS, Margaret River $62.99
Big and expressive with lime citrus and pheromones (!) on the nose. A distinctive palate with powerful fruit. Rich and sexy.
Ending on that note, time to spruce up with some Raygrance, head into Settler’s Liquor Store, grab one of these fine bottles of Chardy, and see where the night takes me.
“Strike me roan!”
John ‘Flamin’ Galah’ G. – Settler’s Product Imbiber & Director of In-Store Tasting Observation Studies