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February 19th, 2015

Once again this week, in celebration of the return of the Vancouver International Wine Festival (which starts tomorrow!), we shine the spotlight on Australia, the fest's theme country. These two Aussie chardonnays bang the drum for brilliant whites made with just the right amount of oak. A salmon filet, an Aussie meat pie, or aged cheese is all you need to show respect for one of the world's truly great wine styles.

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Devil's Lair The Hidden Cave Chardonnay 2013


Australia +93096

Two stars are behind this wine. One is Devil's Lair's charming, boyish Oliver Crawford, a winemaker who knows how to couple chardonnay with a feather-light touch of spicy oak. The other is the unique region of Margaret River: Maritime cool, which keeps acids sharp, but sunny enough to ripen this wine to melon-y, white peach-y heights. (Many of Australia's stunning chardonnays have found their voice in the breezy air of this western pocket.) Intense with zingy acidity layered upon toasted hazelnuts and lime curd, this Hidden Cave oozes finesse and confidence.










Coldstream Hills Chardonnay 2011


Australia +406355*

*available in private wine stores  

Upon opening its doors in 1985, Coldstream Hills quickly became an international standard for excellent cool-climate Australian wine, helping to put foggy Yarra Valley on the map in the process. Citrus dominates this streamlined chardonnay, with subtle flavours of crème brûlée and lime leaf. It's aged in used French oak barrels and has Chablis-like acidity. And with just 12.5 percent alcohol, it's as lean and lithe as a racehorse.







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