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2010 Kim Crawford Marlborough Un-Oaked Chardonnay
March 30, 2012 - Norman Bentley
Delightful and refreshing are the first thoughts which come to mind after sampling the 2010 Kim Crawford Un-Oaked Chardonnay from Marlborough, New Zealand. Although New Zealand is best known for Sauvignon Blanc, there are also some very good Chardonnays, especially from the Marlborough area. This is a clean and crisp, fruit forward Chardonnay, with none of the more heavy characteristics of an oak finished Chardonnay.
The nose has a lush fragrance of flowers, fruit, and a touch of butterscotch. The big fruit taste contains the essence of pineapple with a supporting cast of apples and melon, and that hint of butterscotch continues to develop on your palate. The finish with the absence of oak, is clean and inviting. The wine did undergo malolactic fermentation which serves to enhance the big fruit flavors.
We enjoyed this one with "Shrimp on the Barbie", but it would also pair well with any seafood or fowl dish, especially Shrimp and Pasta Primavera. Norm's score is 86.
Price: $14 - $18
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