Paul Mas Estate Chardonnay 2011

There's some interest in this wine for $13 from the warm south of France, from the appellation formerly known as the Vin de Pays D'Oc.  Following recent EU law changes, the appellation is now known as Pays d'Oc Indication Géographique Protégée.  Sure, it's not a particularly amazing wine, but then there isn't too much going on at this price point with most wine in Australia.

A pale intensity lemon in colour, its aroma reminds of lemon citrus with muted notes of smoke and oak.  On the palate, the wine is dry, with medium body and acidity, medium-high alcohol and a low intensity expression of straw and lemons.  A little length is there, but not much.  In terms of overall quality, the wine is perfectly pleasant, if a bit plain.  That said, were I a local chardonnay producer competing at this price point, I would be a bit concerned, as it's identifiably chardonnay without the residual sugar or tinny sharp flavours that can punctuate this price bracket.  It is eminently suitable for non-critical drinking.  82-83 points (good)

Abv: 13.5%
Price: $13.60
Vendors: Dan Murphy's
Tasted: July 2012
Pays d'Oc IGP
July 28, 2012

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