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.