We begin our mini-series focussing on Chardonnays with this Chardonnay from Villa Maria on the East Coast of New Zealand.
The colour of the wine is a nice hay colour with a hint of green.
On the nose, the scent is typical for a chardonnay.
It has a great peach scent with a touch of marzipan and a buttery undertone.
The wine has a great mouthfeel, with an exceptionally smooth silky feel to it.
This is a genuinely nice example of a chardonnay.
Many people went off chardonnays as they became too heavily oaked, but chardonnay is now going through a little renaissance and if you are one of those people that used the expression ABC (“Anything But Chardonnay”) this may well surprise you It is well worth taking a chance on especially as it only retails at between £8.50 and £10 in the UK.
We would pair this with fish or John L felt it would really pair with a fish pie.
For white wine, it has a reasonable length without being too cloyey – it is extremely well balanced. John M was very well impressed with this wine and gave it a well-deserved score of 85.
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