A Likeable, Versatile White At A Knockdown Price

MARY DOWEY has found a great WHITE to keep in the WINE RACK: its REFRESHING taste goes with a VARIETY of dishes, and it won’t break the BUDGET either…  


The Accomplice Chardonnay, South-East Australia, De Bortoli 2015.

Fashion designers, top chefs and other taste-makers often mention their habit of keeping a bottle of champagne in the fridge at all times. A nice enough idea if you have the funds (this month of all months) – and the will-power not to pop the cork every night of the week. For the rest of us, an all-round white wine is a decent substitute in the bottle rack. This one is just the ticket – and it comes at an unbeatable price.

With gentle notes of lemon, peach and a hint of pineapple, The Accomplice has a slightly creamy texture and an attractively refreshing core. What all these elements add up to is a well judged white wine with all-round appeal. While it slips down easily by itself, it also goes perfectly with a surprisingly wide range of foods. Most dishes based on fish or shellfish, poultry, pork, vegetables or cheese will taste all the better in its company, suggesting that The Accomplice might as well be called The Accompanist.

The Accomplice Chardonnay, South-East Australia, De Bortoli 2015

Just in case anybody out there might think that Australian Chardonnay isn’t quite smart or subtle enough for their sophisticated taste buds… please knock this wildly out-of-date idea right out of your head. For well over a decade now, the Aussies have shown the rest of the world that they’ve mastered the art of making deliciously elegant Chardonnays at every price level.

This one comes from De Bortoli, a family company held (deservedly) in very high regard. At under a tenner it’s a true bargain.

Alcohol: 13%

From Molloys outlets; Kellys, Dublin 3; Drinkstore, Dublin 7; Deveneys, Dublin 14; Cheers, Swords; Jus de Vine, Portmarnock; Wine Well, Dunboyne; O’Keefes, Kilcock; Coopers, Cahir; 1601, Kinsale, usually €9.99.

Mary Dowey @MaryDowey

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