Apples, fig, and a touch of toast show on the nose. On the palate, pears and figs lead on the attack. Moderate oak use (36% new French) adds depth and a deft touch of vanilla without overpowering fruit. Apples join on the mid-palate. There is a lingering smoke over apple and pear on the finish. This is a nice bottle of wine, avoiding overpowering oak, but adding enough to provide softness and depth. Drink with roast chicken. Recommended. DH

WHO: Penley Estate
WHAT: Chardonnay
WHERE: Coonawarra, SA (South Australia state), Australia
WHEN: 2010
HOW MUCH: $21 (media sample)

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David Honig