Latest report from the Chardonnay trail comes from New Zealand. Waiheke Island, to be precise, near Auckland. Like the label design, by the way.
Cable Bay Chardonnay 2004 Waiheke Island, New ZealandHmmm, this is a new world style wine, but it's quite fresh and bright, with high acidity. Taut and a bit minerally with flavours of white peach, citrus and a touch of vanilla. Almost structured, with a bit of phenolic bite on the palate. Hasn't really developed much interest yet, and while it's a nice enough drink it doesn't quite work for me. Very good+ 88/100 (was £14.99 from Unwins, before they went bust; screwcapped, tin liner)