Aussie Whites: Gems For The Taking

By Robert Parker

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Here are some delicious white wines from Australia that are perfect for warm weather and taste much better than their prices would suggest. Most of them are best consumed within the next 12 months, but they're so good you'll probably finish them long before that.

Buckeley's 2005 Chardonnay

87 points.

This blend of 86% chardonnay and 14% sauvignon blanc has copious quantities of melon, honeysuckle, and orange rind characteristics along with terrific fruit intensity and medium body. $10

The Wishing Tree 2005 Chardonnay Unoaked

89 points.

Aging in stainless steel tanks instead of oak barrels allows for a purer and more fruit- focused character. This Mâconnais-like wine has loads of lemon butter sauce, oranges, and pears, crisp acidity, an exotic tropical fruit character, and a well-defined personality. $10

Yalumba Y Series 2005 Chardonnay Unwooded

87 points.

Plenty of lively pineapple, honeysuckle, and peach-like fruit flavors in this crisp wine. $11

Thorn-Clarke 2005 Riesling Terra Barossa Cuvée Barossa

89 points.

A medium-bodied, zesty effort revealing notes of apple butter, orange rind, and citrus oils. It is fresh and persistent with a surprisingly intense floral character as well as a hint of minerality. $13

Rolf Binder Wines 2005 Riesling Highness

91 points.

From one of Australia's finest winemakers, this blend of 85% Eden Valley and 15% Barossa fruit reveals gorgeous pithy green apple and pear-like notes with hints of citrus oil and crushed rocks. Fragrant and chalky, with a distinctive terroir element. This wine stands out brilliantly for its precision, richness, complexity, and ageworthiness. $14

Two Hands 2006 Moscato Brilliant Disguise (500ml)

91 points.

With 6.5% alcohol, a slight spritziness, and a touch of residual sugar, it is the ideal frothy aperitif wine. Beautiful aromas of tropical fruits and honeysuckle emerge from this crisp, refreshing, light-bodied white. However, these wines deteriorate quickly, so enjoy it over the next six to nine months. $15

D'Arenberg 2005 The Dry Dam Riesling

87 points.

Lime, lemon custard, and a hint of kiwi aromas jump from the glass of this riesling. Well-made, medium-bodied, and pleasant. $16

Redbank 2005 Pinot Gris Sunday Morning

88 points.

This is one of the finest Australian pinot gris I have yet tasted. A single vineyard effort, it possesses a lovely perfume of honeyed citrus and exotic tropical fruits. Medium-bodied, with a crisp acidity. $16

Nepenthe 2004 Sauvignon Blanc

90 points.

This gorgeous wine exhibits copious honeyed melon, lemongrass, and citrus (particularly lime) characteristics in its medium-bodied, zesty, fresh personality. $16

Wines rated from 96-100 are extraordinary; 90-95, excellent; 80-89, above average to very good. For more Parker picks, go to

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