Friday, January 23, 2009

2006 Kilda Chardonnay

I've mentioned my general dislike of chardonnay several times in the past. There is that occasional unoaked chard that will wow me, but usually I'm a red drinker anyway. So, I certainly don't go out of my way for chardonnay.

After last evening, this might have to change. We went out for happy hour at a cute little joint called The Herb Box. It was a lovely evening -in the low 70's (unseasonably warm, even for Phoenix,) and I wasn't wowed by the limited selection of reds on the wine list, so I decided to try a white. Seeing that the Kilda chardonnay was from Southeastern Australia, I guessed there wouldn't be a lot of oak. It was a good guess. The flavor was clean, with a nice amount of green apple and citrus that wasn't masked with oak, like many of the California chards. It had a little of the creaminess typical for chardonnay, but in a light way. It was perfectly refreshing for a pre-dinner apertif on the patio. In fact, I couldn't stop talking about how great it was.

I can't say I've ever seen this on the shelf at our local wine shops, but then again, I don't go down to chardonnay aisles to often. I'm definately going to be on the lookout now, because I think this will make a great everyday white once spring hits. Googling it, I found it should retail for $10-$12 a bottle.


  1. Like you, I'm not a Chard fan...but I do like unoaked from time to time. I'll have to keep that one in mind, & the price is just perfect!

  2. I'm in the same boat. Just not in favor of oaky Chard. However, I have had some unoaked Chards that I've enjoyed. Thanks for a recommendation for a good one!

  3. Not a huge fan of Chard either but I'm willing to try anything!