Crow’s Landing Chardonnay 2010

We have opened our first bottle a bit later than usual this evening as
Posted 01st June 2012        

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We have opened our first bottle a bit later than usual this evening as my daughter decided it would be a good idea to cut my hair and then proceed to dye it red. I did wonder if the purple tips were going a bit too far but, as it happens, they didn’t take anyway which is probably a blessing. However, she’s done a pretty good job and I’m rather pleased with the results.

After all that beautification I am now going to sit down and enjoy this week’s chosen bottle with my other half. As I promised to give Chardonnay a fair trial, especially after hearing what bad press it seems to be getting at present, I have opted for a Crow’s Landing 2010 Chardonnay from California.

This wine is a delicate pale, yellowy gold, it’s actually very pretty but I am really hoping that its lack of colour isn’t reflected in a lack of flavour. Let’s find out…

Wow, this is just lush; the two flavours which immediately jump out at me are elderflower, but more prominently, grapefruit. I just love grapefruit: it’s such a clean tasting, refreshing fruit and that’s exactly how this wine comes across – cleansing, uplifting and totally moreish.

This Chardonnay would make a fab addition to a celebration breakfast; I could just imagine sipping a glass of this whilst enjoying a fancy continental spread or smoked salmon and creamy scrambled eggs. I say imagine because, firstly, the likelihood of me ever having a celebration breakfast is about as probable as me joining a church choir (it’s never going to happen), and, secondly, I’m one of those people that just can’t handle their drink during the day, just one glass of wine and I have to spend the next two hours sleeping off the effects. Luckily this isn’t the case by night when, for some reason, I seem able to consume gallons of the stuff. Weird.

Anyway, back to the wine which really is delicious – so cool, crisp and citrusy; I wonder if a glass of this stuff would count as one of my five-a-day? It reminds me of something but I can’t quite put my finger on it, all I know is that every mouthful leaves me wanting more. It’s a good job I bought several bottles.

This wine really does want for nothing, it is absolutely perfect the way it is; I can’t think of anything it’s missing and I would certainly purchase this white again without quibble.

I’m quite surprised that I have never noticed before how good Chardonnay is – or perhaps it’s just that, in my mindless fug, I tend to opt for other varieties as I wander, semi-comatose, through the supermarket.

I remember now what this wine reminds me of: it’s Opal Fruits and I’m sure Wrigley’s bought out a special edition tangy flavour pack which included pink grapefruit. This wine is just like a pink grapefruit flavoured Opal Fruit (or should I say Starburst) and, just like the Opal Fruits jingle, this white is also ‘made to make your mouth water’.

Well, I now officially consider myself a Chardonnay convert and a proud one at that. I know I keep saying it but this wine really is lush and, if all Chardonnay tastes as good as this, I am definitely going to have to change my wine buying habits.

As usual I picked this one up in Co-op and, again, as usual, I bought it at the special offer price of £4.29; usual price £5.29.


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Kirsty Wilson works as a freelance writer and lives with her two nightmare children and biker husband in the village of Malborough in 'sunny' Devon. She discovered her love of writing from an early age and vowed that, one day, she would earn a living doing what she loved the most. Kirsty’s second love, apart from the nightmare kids and hubby, is wine, be it red, white or rosé, and Kirsty loves the challenge of being able to unearth a good wine for as little cost as possible. Now Kirsty has the best of both worlds as writing wine reviews for and allows her to combine the two things she is most passionate about.