Errazuriz Unoaked Chardonnay comes from the Escultura vineyard in Chile's Casablanca Valley, just 20 miles from the cooling influence of the Pacific Ocean.
Oaky Chardonnay went out of fashion a good decade or so ago and its revival as a popular wine style is perhaps still some way off yet as we all seem to have fallen in love with fruit-driven wines and lost interest in the more secondary elements and structural matters that oaking provides.
And whilst unoaked Chardonnay used to mean either steely, piercing Chablis or leesy unoaked Burgundies, these days you are more likely to encounter it in ripe, tropical New World form.
Greenish yellow in the glass, this 2010 Errazuriz has a nose of tropical and stone fruits.
The palate is fresh and crisp with zingy acidity and elegant apples-and-pears fruit. Medium bodied, the texture is creamy, leesy and rounded with a persistent finish.
Overall, it is a very enjoyable, well-made and balanced wine suitable either for quaffing or with creamy dishes, pasta or white meat.
£9.49 from Tesco, Wine Rack, slurp.co.uk, Matthew Clark, provided for review.
Errazuriz - http://www.errazuriz.com/errazuriz/
Tesco - http://www.tesco.com/wine/
slurp.co.uk - http://www.slurp.co.uk/
Matthew Clark - http://www.matthewclark.co.uk/