New Zealand Chardonnay

*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from Kim Crawford Wines.

Along with the Small Parcel Sauvignon Blanc, I also got the chance to taste a bottle of Kim Crawford Small Parcel Chardonnay.  We tried the 2006 Kim Crawford Small Parcel Gisborne Chardonnay after dinner the other night.  The wine had a screw cap closure, clocked in at 13% alcohol by volume, and retails for about $23.  Thanks to John of Anything Wine, I learned that Gisborne is the self-proclaimed Chardonnay capital of New Zealand and that over half the vineyard acerage is devoted to Chardonnay. I guess John learned a lot studying for his Certified Wine Specialist exam!

On the nose I found pear, apple, lemon, butter, oak, spice, pineapple, and smoke.  In the mouth I found the wine to be a lot crisper than I expected from the nose.  The butter was non existent and the oak nicely integrated and not overpowering.  I got flavors of citrus, lemon, pear, ginger, spple, and spice.  In the mouth the wine had nice spicy notes that made it interesting and distinguished it from other Chardonays I’ve had recently.