Wednesday, August 08, 2007
2006 Kim Crawford Marlborough Unoaked Chardonnay
The theme for this month's WBW is Naked (i.e. Unoaked) Chardonnay. It is an interesting pendulum in the wine world that has swung from too much oak to none at all. Personally, I am not fussed by 'oaked' or 'unoaked' - these are simply terms like 'dry' and 'off dry' - words to help me determine the ultimate pairing for the wine and not any comment on the quality of the wine. Compare an oaky New World Chardonnay to a oaky Chablis and you will see that the presence or absence of oak is not the defining feature of the wine (although HOW it is used may be...)
But I digress. I like both, if they are well made, and tonight's wine is exactly what I like to see in an unoaked Chardonnay. The 2006 Kim Crawford Marlborough Unoaked Chardonnay aromatic, with lemon toast and pineapple, quite minerally, simple but pleasing. On the palate it was very flavourful, with the fruit expressing itself well, followed by a crisp, bitter, minerally aftertaste. Very well balanced, this is a wine to enjoy today, right now, in all of its naked glory.
Price: C$18.95 (SAQ)
I am certain that my selection tonight will be replicated many times over, for the simple reason that I COULDN'T FIND ANY OTHERS! This was truly the only Chardonnay marked unoaked in town. Sadly, a slight deviation from American Wine Month at Joe's.
Thanks, once again, to Lenn - father of WBW and the host of WBW #36. Cheers!