Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Wines of the Week

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Wines of the Week

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Byline: ANDREW NEATHER

THE pictures of charred houses and melted cars in Australia are disturbing enough but for wine lovers there is an extra poignancy: the fires have destroyed some of the country's most beautiful vineyards. The Yarra Valley, just outside Melbourne, produces arguably Australia's finest coolclimate wines: the area caught the brunt of the devastation. Wine areas further inland in Victoria such as Bendigo are ravaged too -- all after a drought that had already played havoc with the 2009 vintage. So lift a glass of one of these local wines and wish the Aussies luck in rebuilding -- and in making great wine again soon..

Yering Frog Chardonnay 2006, Yarra Valley (Majestic, [pounds sterling]7.99) Yering, Victoria's oldest vineyard, is estimated to have lost 10 per cent of its vines in the fires.

This bottle should change the minds of those who think all chardonnay from Oz is overpowered and over-oaked. There are ripe tropical fruits here, and some buttery oak flavour, but with a fine acidity and definition too: well-balanced and elegant. …

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