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.