De Bortoli Windy Peak Yarra Valley Chardonnay

Introducing the finest sub-$15 chardonnay that’s hit the ground since Armchair Critic Under & Over Tumbarumba Chardonnay made its debut splash in Wine Taste Weekly eleven months ago. Varietal definition of white peach is framed in the taut, zesty structure of the cool 2011 vintage. With a whip crack of acidity and a chalky mineral finish, this is a budget Chablis stand-in, with the vivacity to kick off proceedings right away – and the stamina to cellar a few years, too. We all need a few bottles on standby. $11 at Wine List Australia, Nillumbik Cellars, Jim’s Cellars, Aussie Wines and No Frills Wine.