Pale to golden in color with a mild nose of pear/apple. On the mid palate the wine displays pear/apple, some lovely fruit along with a hint of vanilla. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice tart acidity, it’s nice and dry. The trend is definitely moving away from heavily oaked chards and this one fits into that category. The winemakers notes say “Partially matured with French oak to produce a balanced, integrated wine”. I don’t think it spent much if any time on the lees. This wine is a bit of a conundrum. If you like unoaked chards (I don’t) it’s not a bad wine, and the mild oaking is hardly noticeable, but then again, if the unoaked fans were who Wolf Blass were targeting why bother with oak. For oaked chard fans (like me) the wine misses the mark. I would give it an 87-88 only because it’s not really my style of chard.
From the LCBO web site:
Wolf Blass Yellow Label Chardonnay — LCBO#: 226860
STYLE – Full-bodied & Rich Bright yellow gold; tropical fruit and citrus with toasty, buttery oak aromas; full-bodied with intense flavours; smooth, warm spice and a long finish.
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