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.