Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Usher Tinkler Reserve Chardonnay 2015

I popped in to Usher's new cellar and salumi on McDonald's Road recently. It's one of those must visit places in the Hunter Valley - there is certainly nothing like it. My only problem at the time was we arrived at 4:45pm just before close. Yep, that long lunch went on and on but Ebony, Usher's wife, was only but too kind to quickly put together a take home kit of Chardonnay, Shiraz and some cured meats for us. Do yourself a favour and take some time and hang out there though - very cool and oozes comfort and style.

To the wine... I know nothing about the history, vineyard or making of this wine - only from what I experienced when tasting, rather, drinking it by the fire later that evening.

Smart presentation - wax seal, super heavy bottle, trendy label too. This spent a little too much time in the freezer as we tried to chill it down quickly. It certainly needs to be served at the right temperature. We were just thirsty.

Minerally with an oak hit, white peach runs through the core. Not overly deep nor rich but there is a persistent and long finish. There is a moreish factor about it. The longer it sat in the glass the more it grew on me.

I enjoyed a couple of glasses but there are other $50 Chards I'd lean to given the choice.

Will cellar for eight top ten years.

Very good.

Region: Hunter Valley
RRP: $50
Source: Cellar Door purchase

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