Gratifying as it is to recommend exciting little-known wines, it can be equally satisfying to find really good, well-priced examples of popular styles. Get ready to charge your glasses with Tanners' new own-label Chilean Chardonnay, which navigates perfectly the narrow divide between being a bit too tutti frutti and a bit too skeletal.
It's made by the family-owned Viña Sutil from their own vineyards in Peralillo, Colchagua (they also have holdings in Limarí and Maule) and is partly fermented in French oak barrels – just enough oak to give delicate creaminess to the pink grapefruit, mango and salted almond flavours.
It's not a white wine that demands food, but would happily partner roast chicken or cod; shellfish; creamy pasta, savoury tarts, fish or chicken dishes; and sweet roast/grilled vegetables such as pumpkin, carrots, sweetcorn, yellow and orange peppers. 13.5%
Tanners Chilean Chardonnay 2020, Colcahgua Valley, Chile