50 Star Buys of 2015

Decanter - January 2016
by Peter Richards MW, Sarah Jane Evans MW and Xavier Rousset MS

From the thousands of wines tasted and rated by Decanter's expert judges and writers over the past 12 months, we have picked out 50 of the highest-scoring bottles available in the UK. And with 14 of them under 20 pounds, there's a host of affordable treats on the following pages to kickstart your seasonal festivities.

Vasse Felix, Heytesbury Chardonnay, Margaret River, Western Australia 2013
Christopher Piper, Laithwaite's, Fine& Rare, Hawkshead, Hedonism, Slurp, St Andrews Wine Co, Vin Cognito
Wonerfully complex aroma of fresh dough, roasted nuts and butter. Ripe fruit palate with a rich lemon curd note, along with well-integrated oak and balanced sweetness and acidity. Racy and elegant, a stunning and refined modern Chardonnay. Drink 2016-2022 Alc 13.5%

Xanadu, Reserve Chardonnay, Margaret River, Western Australia 2012
Bibendum PLB, Exel Wines

Fresh green fruit, herbs and hint of wood smoke on the nose. This follows on to honey, beeswax and very pleasant nutty flavours with greengage and lime to compliment. Focused, long and refreshing with a creamy texture. Drink 2016-2020 Alc 13%

Fraser Gallop, Parterre Chardonnay, Margaret River, Western Australia 2013
Bibendum PLB, Exel Wines, Hawkshead Wines, Slurp

Richly fruited nose with hints of honey and cedar. Lively palate of white stone fruits, nutmeg and sweet spices with a creamy texture and a long, concentrated finish. Complex and inviting. Dink 2016-2020 Alc 13.5%

Leeuwin Estate, Art Series Chardonnay, Margaret River, Western Australia 2012
Bottle Apostle, D Byrne, Domain Direct, Fortnum & Mason, Hailsham, Harvey Nichols, Hedonism, L'Assemblage, Jeroboams, Richard Kihl, The Secret Cellar, Slurp, The Wine Tasting Shop, Woodwinters, Yorkshire Vintner

Honeyed melon and butter aromas. Big and bold with refined acidity and a creamy texture. Voluptuous, complex, pure. Drink 2016-2019 Alc 14%

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