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STYLISH CHARDONNAYS FROM AROUND THE WORLD FOR UNDER PS15 WITH its sun-kissed highlights, delightfully fragrant aromatics and appealing flavours of vanilla, butter and exotic citrusy fruits, a glass of chardonnay can make anyone feel like they're one step closer to summer.

Tempted? Here are some polished whites from the 2016 vintage with a refreshing mix of textures...

1 TASTE THE DIFFERENCE LIMOUX CHARDONNAY 2016 France (PS9, Sainsbury's) FROM the sunny Languedoc, Jean Claude Mas produces some of the region's most compelling wines and there's real value in this delicious version, with its inviting white flower aromas, beam of ripe peach and layers of apricot and tropical fruits. Full and rounded with toasty spice and vanilla from oak ageing, it maintains an energetic freshness on the finish. Best matched with fish cakes or a gourmet fish pie.

2 WESTEND ESTATE NO 1 CHARDONNAY 2016 Riverina, Australia (PS10.99, Laithwaites) CITED as their bestselling Aussie chard, it's easy to see how this extremely flavoursome, fresh, zippy style more than delivers, with its aromas of melon, peach and honeysuckle and tiers of creamy white peach, melon and lightly toasty oak, with a lick of vanilla and nutty creaminess on the mouth-watering finish. Great on its own, or with flaky fish or white meats, this wine really highlights the grape's versatility.

3 HILL-SMITH ESTATE EDEN VALLEY CHARDONNAY 2016 Australia (PS11.99, Waitrose) WITH an impressive balance of flavour and intensity, this chardonnay is brimming with a tropical fruit basket of pineapples, juicy pears and peach, which leads to a burst of nectarine and citrusy fruits overlaid with hints of vanilla. And while the fruit is very pure, textured and well ripened, the flavours are backed by fresh acidity on the finish. Serve with poached salmon or rotisserie chicken.

This is billed as 'wild ferment' - meaning the wine contains naturally occurring yeast from the grape skins, instead of cultivated yeast - a lot of winemakers champion it.

4 ERRAZURIZ WILD FERMENT CHARDONNAY 2016 Casablanca Valley, Chile (PS12.99, Majestic) A BRIGHT, snappy style (and another wild ferment) that reflects Chile's reputation for fresh, balanced wines: Along with apricot and peachy notes, there's a limey, citrusy element, so a broader range of flavours. Deliciously fruit forward, with tiers of tropical stone fruits, there's a lovely creaminess to the tingly, juicy fruit and toasty characters. Perfect with a Caesar salad.

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Publication:Chester Chronicle (Chester, England)
Date:May 31, 2018
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