In a nutshell: Vibrant, elegant and impressive, subtly oaked Western Australia Chardonnay
The lowdown: Think about peaches, apricots and pears, a touch of sweet citrus and silky touch of marzipan and vanilla and that's what you have here. Being aged for a bit in French oak gives it a creaminess that brings out the fruit character but doesn't dominate. And at a modest 12% it doesn't get too heavy either. Altogether, beautifully balanced and a little in the Burgundian mould. One that punches considerably above its modest price.
The Ad Hoc range comes from Larry Cherubino Wines one of Western Australia's foremost estates. Larry is one of the region's big winemaking personalities. After graduating from Roseworthy and gaining a wealth of experience at producers both locally and abroad he set up on his own account in 2005 on his home turf in Western Australia since when his expertise and energy has made him one of the most highly regarded winemakers in the state. In addition to being pretty hands on with his own wines he also consults for other big name producers, such is his reputation in the industry.
When to drink: Very versatile, great on its own or pair with all sorts of white meats, fish, shellfish or salads.