The Little Penguin Chardonnay (South Eastern Australia 2009)

First, let me say that I’m suspicious of Australian Chardonnays. Not that I’m married to California Chards. To the contrary, I like to try white wine from everywhere. But I just expect the southern latitudes to provide fantastic Sauvignon Blanc and Torrontes, rather than Chardonnay. It’s a ridiculous bias, I know this. Still, in the interest of wine-drinking Baptists everywhere (Hi Mom!) and also for the $5 price tag, I picked up this bottle.

Boy was I surprised! And happily so! Actual excerpt from my wine journal:

That’s how much I liked it!

In the glass, it’s a golden yellow, almost the same color as the label actually. And it smell like Juicy Fruit gum. (Don’t laugh. It’s true!) But it tasted heavenly – all floral and buttery with pineapple and mango, but light on the oak. It was just so good, I want to share it with everyone.

In fact, go out right now and buy some. HEB has it for $5, but I expect you’ll find it everywhere, even Walmart. If I were you, I’d serve it with the pasta you were planning for dinner. Or maybe shift gears and throw a piece of salmon in the grill. Either way, you can’t go wrong!

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