Kumeu River Village 2008 Chardonnay

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.

Kumeu River Village 2008 Chardonnay

Rodney Strong 2009 Chalk Hill Chardonnay

Clear, pale lemon-gold. Clean, medium-plus intensity citrus-mineral with ripe fruit and obvious oak. Dry, medium acidity and body. Medium intensity tropical and green fruit, and vanilla oak. Nicely balanced, nothing too much to the fore. Nice lingering finish. 13.5% alcohol. This is exactly what I was looking for tonight; also nice to see that it’s a carbon-neutral, solar powered vineyard. Recommended. $30 at Crosstown. See Rodney Strong Vineyards and the winemaker’s notes.

Rodney Strong 2009 Chardonnay

Blasted Church Mixed Blessings 2009

This blend is 66% Pinot Blanc and 34% Chardonnay—see the winemaker’s notes (PDF file). Light lemon-silver appearance; straightforward apple-citrus nose with a hint of the Okanagan sage. Dry, with a nice light and well-balanced palate dominated by citrus and pineapple, and a nice finish of ripe fruit—as the winemaker suggests, a quality of pear. This is very nice; strikes me as a great summer wine in particular—perhaps it’s just the summer weather today in Vancouver. 13.5% alcohol. See Blasted Church Vineyards.

Dirty Laundry 2007 Chardonnay Unoaked

Like many people, I guess, I went through a Chardonnay kick a few years back. The excessive oaking eventually got to me. Now, it seems, there is a trend towards producing unoaked Chardonnays.

This one is pale clear silver, with a light citrus-pinapple grassy nose. Nice subtle palate of Okanagan fruit, apple-lemon, and a distinctive liquorice note on the nice long finish. Very nice! 13.4% alcohol. CAD$22.90 at Crosstown. See Dirty Laundy Vineyard, which is becoming one of my British Columbia favourites.