Full Review
Kim Crawford

Kim Crawford
2015 Unoaked, Chardonnay, East Coast, New Zealand

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: New Zealand
Alcohol: 13%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$16.99
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Kim Crawford
2015 Unoaked, Chardonnay, East Coast, New Zealand

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: New Zealand
Alcohol: 13%
Golden straw color. Toasty, tropical, savory aromas and flavors of grilled and caramelized pineapple, pickled lemon rind and gherkin, and vanilla-coconut buttercream with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long green caramel apple and clementine finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A delicious, vivacious tropical chardonnay with great acidity and balance.
Tasting Info
Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively, Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Non-Oaky & Savory
Aroma Aroma: grilled and caramelized pineapple, pickled lemon rind and gherkin, and vanilla-coconut buttercream
Taste Flavor: green caramel apple and clementine
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: with food and on its own
Recipes Pairing: Chicken Gyros, Coconut Crusted Shrimp , Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A delicious, vivacious tropical chardonnay with great acidity and balance.
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Chardonnay
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Chardonnay is arguably the world’s most famous white variety, thanks to its success in France’s Burgundy region as well as throughout much of California. Chardonnay on its own has rather straightforward, pleasant aromas of apple and pear, but when aged (and sometimes fermented) in small oak barrels, the wines take on extra richness as well as notes of toasted almond, vanilla and yeast.

The most renowned examples of Chardonnay are from small villages and vineyards in Burgundy, such as Chassagne-Montrachet, Puligny-Montrachet and Meursault. These wines are very powerful with ample spicy notes and very good acidity; they age very well, sometimes as long as 20-25 years. Another part of Burgundy, Chablis, is home to more restrained style of Chardonnay. Certain areas of California, especially Russian River Valley in Sonoma and Santa Barbara County are also home to many distinguished examples of Chardonnay, with those from the latter region often displaying tropical fruit flavors.

Given that most Chardonnnays are aged in small oak barrels, there has been a movement as of late to give consumers a mored delicate style of Chardonnay, without all the spicy and toasty flavors. Thus there are now many producers that produce non-oak aged Chardonnays; this has been seen from many producers from Australia as well as a few in California as well.

Chardonnay, especially oak-aged versions, are quite rich and need seafood of equal richness at the dinner table. Thus lobster, halibut and swordfish are ideal food pairings.