Santa Carolina Chardonnay Reserve 2008 - $11.85
I'm finding a certain hint of "skunk" in new world chardonnays, and it's quite pleasant. Also look for rich spice, oak, apple, and caramel aromas. The palate is round and smooth, with juicy apple flavours, a trace of caramel and a refreshing acidity. Fairly big with very good length, it's total new world classicism. Try with creamy cheeses, chicken Kiev or mushroom dishes. (LCBO 304022)
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Peninsula Ridge Inox Chardonnay VQA 2008 - $12.75
Inox refers to the fermentation tank: stainless steel and not a trace of oak. The nose shows a riot of funky aromas including garrigue, stone fruits, and whiffs of grass and tar. Crisp and clean with a rich spiciness, citrus/grapefruit flavour, and even a hint of woodiness. Very good body and length. This is yummy, classy stuff that would go well with pork, tempura, or cream sauces. (LCBO 594200)