Luis Felipe Edwards (Chile) Chardonnay Gran Reserva 2007
If you are in last-minute shopping mode for Christmas dinner, then the Co-op and Luis Felipe Edwards may just have come to your rescue with this Chardonnay and its sister Shiraz 2006, each on offer until December 30th at £3.99 down from £7.99. As with all BOGOFs and half-price offers I am as sceptical about the reduction as I am about the 'Gran Reserva' designation. Nevertheless, here is a nice Chardonnay, very modestly oaked as only 15% spent time in wood, and with very juicy, fat, lemon and nectarine fruited nose that is really quite elegant, with just a subtle, creamy support from the oak. In the mouth there is plenty of orange and grapefruit acidity to offset the sweet, tropical fruit, with a certain lusciouness counter-balanced by a freshness. The Shiraz is bold and fruity, but 30% ageing in French oak has given some spice and toast richness. At £3.99 it is difficult to fault these wines. £3.99, the Co-op, on offer until December 30th 2007.