A while back I tasted this wine (albeit a much older vintage) at a New Zealand tasting event and was quite impressed with it. I quite enjoy chards. As whites go I find them more complex. This one is no exception. The color is on the lighter side of honey. The bouquet is quite mild. The flavor is dead on in the middle. There is some butteryness, some creamyness, some oak and some nice fruit. All in all this is a well balanced Chard, very well done. The finish on the wine is medium. Complexity and layers of flavors are well done for a white. A very nice wine. I would give this a 90 for sure. If you like French Chablis and hate Californian style Chards, skip this one.

From the LCBO Web site:
CLOUDY BAY CHARDONNAY 2006 VINTAGES 359513 | 750 mL bottle Price: $ 37.95 Wine, White Wine, 13.5% Alcohol/Vol. Sugar Content : D Made in: New Zealand, New Zealand By: Cloudy Bay Vineyards Release Date: Sep 27, 2008 Description Ranked #6 on Cuisine Magazine’s Top Ten New Zealand Chardonnays of 2006. (Issue 128, April 2008) Tasting Note Out from the shadow cast by the other varietals from this iconic winery, this Chardonnay won its place at the top table with its distinctive Old World scents and generous, rich, nutty palate – a Cloudy Bay Chard trademark. (Cuisine Magazine (New Zealand), April 2008)

Perhaps no other producer in New Zealand can lay claim to having put this country on the map for its Sauvignon Blanc and for good reason. This effort from Cloudy Bay is quite impressive and certainly evolves over time in the glass. It opens with green melon aromas combining with the fresh grass and bell pepper thatas so typical of the region. Myer lemon flavours appear on the palate which is softer in acidity than previous vintages giving a somewhat oily mouth feel. Medium in body and impressive in length this wine will not only be enjoyable today but also over the next few years. Try it with pan-seared halibut with fresh herbs. (MT) (304469) $33.95 Rating 4/5 from

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