Good Booze – A Tasty White –
With a great price, Yellow Tail’s Chardonnay is a pleasant surprise. Not a big, full flavored Chard, but well made and easy to drink with some character. We tried this one three different ways and one was clearly the best. This is a perfect wine for deck, patio, game time and crowds. At this price you can be a generous host.
Yellow Tail Chardonnay
Price Paid – $5.39
Date Reviewed – 2/1/18
Where Purchased – Safeway SF Bay Area
Varietal or Type – Chardonnay
Vintage Year – 2016 (Australia*)
Appellation – Australia
Winery/Brand – Yellow Tail – Casella Family Brands
Bottle Size –750 ML
Alcohol – 13%
Cork? – Screwcap
Pour it and taste* – (Very Cold) Green apple aroma, hint of the Burgundy nose. Hint of butter and modest oak flavors and rich in the mouth. Smooth finish with a bare hint of citrus.
5 Minutes in the Glass – Hint of an apple aroma. Modest oak and some apple flavors and a bare suggestion of butter. Soft finish with lingering hints of, warm oak.
From the bottle after 15 minutes on the counter- Traces of subtle oak in the nose. Balanced apple, pears, and pleasing, small, oak flavors. Easy, nice finish.
Overall – A pleasant white wine with some Chardonnay character. The best method was after 15 minutes on the counter. This resulted in very balanced wine. Nice game time, party or deck wine.
*Australia’s location in the Southern Hemisphere results in a harvest six months ahead of the US, Latin America or Europe. This means the wine is “Six months older” an added bonus of aging in this price range.
** We use a red wine (but not a large Cabernet) glass for Chardonnays with some oak. Much better results.
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