WINE REVIEWS: Chardonnay

I heard on the grapevine the other day that chardonnay is about to make a comeback after falling from fashion in favour of pinot gris and sauvignon blanc. This is good news as good chardonnay is delicious.

 

BEST UNDER $20

Spade Oak Heart of Gold Gisborne Chardonnay 2011

$15

Three and a half stars (out of five)

Good value

A soft, creamy chardonnay with hints of nuts and peaches, a bright crisp finish and rich aftertaste.

www.spadeoak.co.nz

 

 

Richmond Plains Nelson Chardonnay 2011

$20

Three and a half stars

Good value

An attractive, easy wine hinting of sweet ripe peaches, creamy, toasted nuts and finishing with a crisp, lingering aftertaste.

www.organicwines.co.nz

 

 

Gibbston Highgate Estate Heartbreaker Chardonnay 2011

$25

Three and a half stars

Below average value

A stylish wine with hints of golden kiwi and carrot juice, light toasty, nutty, buttery undertones and suggestions of stone fruit. It is textural and well structured, but when I tasted it the following day the vegetal, mineral undertones had become stronger than when first opened.

www.gibbstonhighgate.co.nz

 

Ryan Nelsen Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2011

$26

Three and a half stars

Below average value

There's lots of flavour here - stone fruit, very ripe apples, pineapple and grapefruit, with a buttery, nutty undertone. It is mouth-filling with a crisp, but rather lean finish.

www.rnwines.com

 

 

Te Mania Reserve Nelson Chardonnay 2011

$28

Four stars

Average value

Lively hints of citrus and stone fruit, with a smoky hint of mineral, nutty, buttery undertones, texture and length, and a bright, fresh finish. A stylish, understated wine.

www.temaniawines.co.nz

 

 

Wooing Tree Central Otago Chardonnay 2011

$30

Four stars

Average value

Peach, nectarine, and hints of tropical fruit with firm underpinnings of creamy, nutty oak, a savoury nuance and an intense, crisp finish. This is a young wine and bottle age will allow it to develop.

www.wooingtree.co.nz