If writing tasting notes or trying to promote discussion and debate in wine has taught me anything, it’s that the idea of what constitutes ‘boring’ is even more subjective than individual tastes. Notes are dismissed by self-satisfied consultant sommeliers because apparently no one reads them – a position which shows a vast lack of awareness my audience let alone that of a juggernaut like The Wine Front. Debate seems to be theoretically encouraged but then duly marginalised…probably because it involves more effort than writing notes. Anyway, I won’t call this Xanadu Chardonnay boring. I’ll refer to it as ‘standard issue’.
A step up in volume of cashew, nougat oak over the Next of Kin reviewed below with an accompanying increase in creaminess. Same sort of fruit flavours – more intense and less overtly tropical though. Let’s say it’s in the brown pear, (rock?)melon and ruby grapefruit spectrum. A dash of spice, no more. Good carry. Gets the job done. 90
Region: Margaret River
Tasted: June 2014