Sunday, December 5, 2010


- Various, AUS
- $4-$11
- Screwcap
- 13.5%alc

Like its slightly more expensive sister label, Hanwood, McWilliam's Inheritance range offers pretty decent drinking for its recommended retail price of $8. However, having just said that, I usually find chardonnay to be one of the trickier varieties to get right around that price range.

The nose of McWilliam's 2009 Inheritance Chardonnay states something of a pleasant surprise; it's simple yet clean and gently scented with a fragrance of white peach fuzz backed by a lighter note of grilled nuts - no complaints here. On entry to the palate a zippy acidity buzzes in, before forming a lithe, stringy structure around its soft melon and stonefruit flavours, which finish intriguingly bittersweet yet agreeably soft. Cumulatively, these factors provide a relatively fun, clean drinking experience, that despite its simplicity would be hard to fault were it not for a hint of alcohol rearing its head towards the climax.

ü+ For even less than $8 at the major discount chains, McWilliam's 2009 Inheritance Chardonnay makes a great each-way bet as a Monday night cooking/drinking wine. Some for you, some for me... Drink to 2012.
87 points


  1. The 2010 is even better.......

  2. BTW I completely agree with 100% of the words you said, above, about the 2009.

  3. Thanks. It's rare someone agrees with me 100%. we must have similarly tuned palates... :)

    For around $5, I'll be picking up a bottle of the 2010 soon then...

    Chris P