First Drop ~ Mere et Fils Chardonnay 2013

First Drop ~ Mere et Fils Chardonnay 2013
£16.75 / bottle£190.95 / case (12 bottles)

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Country: Australia
Grapes: Chardonnay
Wine Types: White Wines
Region: Adelaide Hills
Style: Rich Creamy Whites
Wine Types: Vegan Wine
Drink: Now to 2020
ABV: 12.5%

Tasting Notes

The story 

Don't be put off by the reputation that Australia has had in the past for mass-produced, one-dimensional Chardonnay; this really is something else!

The wine

This is an elegant, cool climate wine full of personality. You would be forgiven for thinking that it hails from Burgundy as it has the complexity and structure that is expected from that region. Yet it manages to be quite light and refreshing at the same time. Its appearance and scent are quite delicate - paler than you might expect with apples, pears, hints of nectarine, white peach and almond on the nose.  The texture is very smooth and the wine full of the complexity and flavours of white Burgundy - apples, pears, almond and freshly baked biscuits. This is quite an elegant wine which will match a wide range of foods.

Update August 2017: I had forgotten just how light and elegant this wine is. It is surprising given that it is also full of flavours. It slips down far too easily.

Food Pairing

Like many Chardonnays this wine will work well with richer dishes such as foie gras, chicken, ham, pork or veal in creamy sauces, parmesan cheese, mushrooms and truffles. But it is light enough not to overpower lighter dishes such as fish, seafood and chicken

Producer's Notes

"Colour: Mid straw  
Bouquet: Apples and pears, smoky oak, cashew, cordite, oeuf, complex
Palate: Tarte aux pommes with hints of almond, biscuit & marzipan on a tight, textured palate"


95 points    James Halliday    Aug 2015
"Whole bunch-pressed, wild yeast-fermented in Francois Freres oak, lees stirred/contacted for 6 months. Bright straw-green, it is an elegant and restrained style, with excellent balance between grapefruit/white peach fruit, oak and crisp acidity on the finish."

Beautiful Australian Chardonnay from award-winning winery; Burgundian style in its flavours and texture but amazingly light and fresh wine. Great value considering its 95 points from James Halliday

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