Capel Vale (Australia) Mountain Duck Semillon Chardonnay 2005
Capel Vale's 'Mountain Duck' range is made to be expressively fruity, with little or no oak influence. This humdinger Chenin/Chardonnay blend, in a screwcapped bottle, has vivid lychee, pineapple and tropical fruit brightness, but also a big honeyed core that is luscious and alluring. There's a little leafy aspect too, with a hint of gooseberry and elderflower. On the palate this is bold, fruity and delicious, and it is brimming with the same luscious but bright and exotic fruit cocktail of flavours. The acidity is really nice here, with a soft edge to lemon and lime, but it stays nicely focused and crisp with its modest 13.5% alcohol. A lovely summery wine, and Thresher's 'three for two' policy means the bottle price falls to £5.32 if you buy a trio. £7.99, Thresher.