Clear, pale gold appearance. Clean, medium intensity citrus-honey with an obvious wet grassy aroma. Just off-dry, with medium-plus acidity and medium body. Lime, mineral, and quite fruity; a little muted, though. Medium length. Overall good; I’m not sure though that the balance is right here: it seems a bit dull. $28.09 at Kitsilano Wine Cellar. See Alkoomi Wines.
See also my notes on the 2005.
Clear, medium lemon-gold appearance. Clean, light melon-banana along with sweet spice on the nose. Dry, medium-plus acidity, and a medium body. Ripe tropical fruit and earthy, almond-oak flavours in the mouth; tastefully oaked. Medium length. Overall good: a tasteful Chardonnay. This bottle was a gift from my father. See Kumeu River Wines.
Clear, pale lemon-gold in the glass. Clean, medium intensity lemon-floral nose. Dry, high acidity, and light bodied, dominated by strong citrus—lemon, lime, and grapefruit in abundance—along with an appealing minerality. Medium-plus length with a crisp finish. 13% acidity. Overall very good; recommended. $30 at Crosstown. See Mitchell Wines.
Clear, pale-plus lemon-gold in the glass. Clean, medium intensity ripe apricot, citrus, and floral aromas. Dry, high acidity, light body, dominated by lemon and tart apple. Medium-plus length. 12% alcohol. Overall good; recommended. $30 at Crosstown. See Pikes Wines—see also wine maker’s notes (PDF).
Clear, pale-plus lemon-gold appearance. Nose is clean, medium intensity lemon-floral and ripe fruit. Dry, high acidity and medium bodied, dominated by citrus and green apple; lots of wonderful mixed fruits, ripe and green. Medium length with lingering peach and lemon and a slight hint of residual sugar. 13.2% alcohol. Overall good; recommended. $27.65 at Crosstown. See Ex Nihilo and vintage details.