2008 Evans & Tate Chardonnay

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Vintage: 2008
Producer: Evans & Tate
Variety: Chardonnay
Designation: N/A
Region: Australia
Sub-region: Western Australia, Margaret River
ABV: 14.0%
Price: $20 (BC LDB), $20 (EWine)

He says: I’m glad that the New World producers have begun the migration away from heavily-oaked Chardonnays into lean, Chablis-style sippers. Hopefully this kills the need for the ‘unoaked’ designation that was so symptomatic of the sins of the last decade. This wine is racy, lean, and extremely focused. At $20, it’s hard to find a better value and even creeps up to a 4-star rating for me.

She says: A fresh and balanced wine at a great price. It was richer on the palate with a stronger oak influence than I would have guessed from the nose. Even with the oak, it is an easy drinking wine that would pair well with richer salads or roast chicken. Whilst it was not in the same league as the Rodney Strong Chalk Hill (recently reviewed), it completely over-shadowed the more expensive Mâconnais.

Tasting note

Looks like: Clear, med- lemon, water white rim
Smells like: Clean, med intensity, youthful, citrus, mineral, hint of vegetal/grassy and oak
Tastes like: Dry, med+ acidity, med body, med+ intensity, citrus, green fruit, mineral, touch of oak, med alcohol, med finish
Summary: Good, Ready to drink but could keep

4 comments to 2008 Evans & Tate Chardonnay

  • You two are too cute for words. Thanks for the tip :)

  • Spartacuswines

    Hey great work,
    several wines you have tasted are available on the island. I am going shopping!

    thanks,
    Sparty

    • WCVR

      We love the “geek wines” as much as the next person, but our goal is to review a percentage of wine available to the ‘everyman’. As much as we dislike the BC LDB practices, we try to review wines available there since the system allows those outside the city to get wine delivered in.

      Thinking of you, Sparty.

  • Sparty

    Did you check out the penfolds tasting at everything wine yesterday?

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