Region: Kangaroo Island
This wine variety most often gets criticised as a bad headache. Well, maybe if you drink a poor one. I therefore have decided to put myself in the unknown here with this wine, as I was having a green chicken curry at the time and decided that a Chardonnay would go well with my food. I pulled out this bottle, a gift, hence the unknown price. Also, what am I getting myself into, a delicious wine, or a headache?
Chardonnay so often gets a negative reputation here in Australia, and more so from the younger ladies rather then men. Mature women tend to love Chardonnay, and well done to them I say. I like to think of Chardonnay as the Chanel No 5 of wine. A true classic that’ll never die. In wine terms though, Chardonnay is the Shiraz of the white wine world; and like Shiraz, there are bottles of this wine, not so much here, but in France that will command over a $1500 price tag. But, back to Australia, and the younger ladies out there. There are some absolutely goddamn awful chardonnay wines made here. But for every bad one, there is an awesome one waiting in mix and you may have not found a good one as of yet. Also unlike any other wine on the market, you get exactly what you pay for! Don’t go expecting any hidden gems.
So this wine, what have I got myself into?
Upon opening the bottle, I got smells of honeysuckle and peach nectar. This is a good thing, typical smells of Chardonnay, from something I have no idea on the history or terrior.
Pouring it into the glass, and I got a nice golden colour. Also good; as this is a display of a Chardonnay grape. I had a sniff of the wine yet again and, nothing much had change. It was time to get some of this wine into my mouth.
In the mouth, you find the taste of peach with a nice acid balance. It works into a nice dry finish, with hints of apricot working through on the end. All-in-all, quite a nice little wine. Nothing spectacular, but it displays all things Chardonnay. However, it doesn’t display some of those characters of those epic Chardonnay’s, where you start to find great nutty smells, like cashews and that buttery vibe of nice rich grape. However, this wine is unmistakably a Chardonnay throughout.
I would happily depart with $30.00 of my hard earned for this wine.
Drinking well now, and probably over the next couple of years also. A nice little gift for something I did not have to pay for.
It scores a 86/100
The SA wine Guy