Kim Crawford East Coast Unoaked Chardonnay 2012

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There are 7 user submitted reviews for this wine.

Andrew Bernardo Wine Journal rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review:

80 Percent malo, 7 months on the lees creates a beautiful richness in this wine. However, no oak means the purity of the fruit shines through. Spun sugar, green apple, and lemon curd come through in this Kiwi gem. Nice zip on the finish. 90 Points. (
Heather Wall CS; WSET Certified rated this wine as 93/100 with the following review:

I am anything but ABC. I love chardonnay. Oaked or unoaked. New world. Old world. So the biased is set. That said, this unoaked Chardonnay was a highlight at our group tasting. The brilliant yellow in the glass lead to ripe tropical fruit, caramel, vanilla, butter and sweet spice aromas. The palate gave me butterscotch sundae, citrus, banana bread. Mouthfeel was creamy and smooth with balanced acidity. A pleasure to drink. Very nice with the soft Quebec cheese. I'm thinking lobster!
Mark Cochrane Certified Sommelier rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review:

This unoaked chardonnay is one of the first wines produced by Kim Crawford vineyards. The grapes are sourced from the Marlborough and Hawkes Bay regions with their different climates blended together to make a unique wine. 80% of the chardonnay gets malolactic fermentation to give it a slightly creamy or soft texture. Lots of fruit flavours to enjoy like peach, lime and pineapple totally unobstructed by oak.
A nice medium to long smooth finish of tropical fruit.
Jane Staples Certified Sommelier rated this wine as 91/100 with the following review:

This Unoaked Chardonnay was a bit hit at the table. A creamy, butterscotch nose opens to a wonderful Kraft caramel palate , with hints of citrus. KC used grapes from different regions for this wine, to show the different flavour characteristics of both Marlborough and Hawke's Bay. 7 months sur lees enhanced the creamy butterscotch flavours, and without oak, the beautiful fruit expression is celebrated.
This "candy in a glass" could be a big hit for the parents at Hallowe'en!
Dan Carkner rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review:

Although this Chardonnay is unoaked, 80% malolactic conversion and 7 months sur lie leads to a creamy mouthfeel with notes of butterscotch and a wine that is somewhere between Chablis and California.
Green apple and apricot aromas are backed by chalky minerality, biscuit, and lactic notes of fresh cheese (ricotta, bocconcini). The palate is a balance between pithy citrus, fresh herbs, and orchard fruit, with lactic aspects providing richness.
Good value in a wine that Kim Crawford has had plenty of practice with.
Malcolm Lamont WSET Adv rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review:

One of the first wines Kim launched. He saw a market opportunity for a fresh and lively chard. The unoaked chardonnay was born, and he was one of the first to label it so.

Buttery almost to butterscotch aromas on the nose, and really expresses crisp citrus on the palate.

A lovely median between the cool climate crisp Chardonnay and a warm climate filling chardonnay.

Tasted October 2, 2013
Rachelle O'Connor rated this wine as 91/100 with the following review:

Well done Anthony! - great nose - clean, butterscotch and sweet fruit - bursts with flavor on the palate - very nice mouthfeel - crispy, acidic, that Marlborough fruit shines through - lots of lingering lemon.

Natalie's Review

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