Rich opulent oaked whites under £10/bottle

I need to go wine shopping, tells me Justin.
Oh yeah? What are you looking for?
Whites, any oaked whites with some floral complexity… Must be under £10 a bottle!

Having tasted amazing Chardonnays from California & Oregon on Thursday night at Roberson Wines USA tasting from Sandhi (£42), Mount Eden Vineyards (£25), Bergström (£21.25), my immediate reaction was — under £10, impossible!

But is it impossible? Obviously not going to be Burgundy but New World, not to keep but drink now, not new oak fermented, maybe oak chips/larger casks, etc. But who cares as long as it goes with his chicken dishes.

So I decided to do some research on WineSociety, Majestic, Tesco, Waitrose — my 4 places for everyday drinking wines.

Here is my Top7 based on ratings, research and knowledge.

Part 1: Chardonnays from the New World

  1. Kumeu Village Hand-Harvested Chardonnay 2012, £9.95, Wine Society [vivino 3.7]
Toasty lemon and apple aromas, tight tangy lemon core and a long crisp finish. A French-inspired Kiwi gem.

2. Boschendal Chardonnay, Waitrose, £9.99 [vivino 3.9]

From the beautiful Boschendal Estate, this wine has a long nutty finish to round off the lush tropical fruit flavours. Wonderful partnered with chicken in a creamy white wine sauce.

3. Wither Hills Marlborough Chardonnay 2013, Wine Society, £8.50

How Wither Hills can produce such a top-class chardonnay at this price is all but impossible to fathom. Year on year it offers a confit of apples and lime zest, wrapped in layers of creamy-textured vanilla oakiness.

4. Bleasdale Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2015, Wine Society, £9.50

Adelaide Hills offers some of South Australia’s best cool-climate sites, perfect for poised chardonnay. This modern Aussie chardonnay is gently whole-bunch pressed into French oak barrels and undergoes wild ferment producing a wine that has well-integrated vanilla richness balanced by tart green-apple and lemon notes. Exceptional value.

Part 2: Other white grapes

5. Rioja Blanco 2014 López de Haro, £9.99, Majestic

Ripe fruit flavors with notes of date and banana results in a mouth filling finish and pleasant aftertaste. Oaked.

6. Tania & Vincent Careme ‘Terre Brulee’, Swartland 2013, Wine Society, £10.95

“Rich, smoky, dry Chenin with elegant, refreshing fruit and a mineral flavour that gives the illusion of coming directly from the granitic soils the 40-year-old vines are grown in. Vincent Carême is married to a South African but knows a thing or two about Chenin Blanc from his Vouvray homeland. 90/100

7. Domaine Sainte Rose Roussanne, Waitrose, £11.99

This full-bodied, creamy wine is an exotic mix of fruit and spice, with flavours of melon, notes of vanilla and a smoky richness from barrel aging.

Conclusion: for rich, creamy, structured, complex whites you need to spend more than a tenner

The best cheapest I had:

Chardonnay Tete de Cuvee Domaine du Tariquet, Wine Society, £13.95

Ivo Varbanov Chardonnay, BBR, £14.95

Rustenberg Chardonnay, Waitrose, £13.50

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