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Brewery Hill Chardonnay Viognier 2008

Chardonnay is not one of my top 5 favourites of white wine so it was interesting to taste it mixed with Viognier, a wine I know little about. The combination was great, and not too over powering with flavour, even though the alcohol percentage was high for a white wine. I shared this wine with some friends over a Chilli followed by cheeses and as we chatted all felt this was a good smooth easy drinking wine which would withstand most kinds of food flavours. 7.5/10 from us!
Posted 03rd February 2010        
     

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Chardonnay is not one of my top 5 favourites of white wine so it was interesting to taste it mixed with Viognier, a wine I know little about. The combination was great, and not too over powering with flavour, even though the alcohol percentage was high for a white wine.

I shared this wine with some friends over a Chilli followed by cheeses and as we chatted all felt this was a good smooth easy drinking wine which would withstand most kinds of food flavours. 7.5/10 from us!

We did not put the wine in the fridge for too long as we did not want it over chilled so as to keep the subtle chardonnay peachy flavour. It has a crisp acidity and as the label says tropical fruit aromas and flavours of citrus and lime, delicate on the palate.

The label is simple but eye catching and it states the winery name. Brewery Hill Winery is in the McLaren Vale Wine Region of Australia, on the south coast not too far from Adelaide.

I have been inspired and will be putting some bottles of Viognier on my shopping list.

ABV: 13%
Retailer: Naked Wines
Price: £8.99 approx
Closure: Screw Top

     

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Julie & Neil Swift
We are both 51 years of age and have just had our first grandchild Zak. We live in the beautiful Peak District. Julie is the main wine taster as she was the daughter of a publican, learning to appreciate good wines from an early age. Neil has worked in the same place as a Lab Technician for the past 35 years, he was a football referee but now spends his Saturdays assessing referees. We are a very sociable couple who enjoy hosting and going to parties (most weekends!). My how time and taste buds have moved on from the Liebfraumilch days, although we believe it is making a comeback. Julie has collected menus and recipes from the 1970’s to the present day, the price of a bottle of Italian Pinot Grigio was £3.40 in 1978 in Topo Gigios restaurant in London.