Bard’s Drop Merry Wives Chardonnay 2007

This is not your typical Aussie fruit bomb. Despite the rather jovial label art, this Chardonnay presents as a serious wine with structure and acidity balanced with use of fine oak.

A pale yellow color is accentuates the  bright and shiny appearance.

On the nose this Chardonnay presents white peach, apple, apricot, lemon, grapefruit, with vanilla and coconut notes from New French Oak.  There are secondary melon and tropical fruit accents.

The palate presents a serious, complex Chardonnay. In a blind tasting, one might be hard pressed to whether this came from Australia or California.  The cool climate aspects of the Central Ranges come through and add a refreshing crisp acidity to balance out the fruit flavors.  Citrus, stone fruit and some tropical fruit notes are accented by the vanilla from New French Oak used in fermentation and maturation.

Overall, a great wine for the money- serious structure, restrained fruit, shows finesse in the winemaker’s skills.  Serve well chilled with seafood, chicken, light pork and veal dishes especially with cream sauces.  Great with a Grilled Salmon Caesar Salad, paella, seafood curry, pasta carbonara or linguine with white clam sauce. 89 points- might be a 90+ with the right food!

Published by thegrapelife

Professional fermented grape taster, Jonathan Mather, originally from Michigan, now hails from the other side of the world- Hong Kong. A sense of adventure and love of exploration has taken Jonathan on some great journeys. Through a love of travel enjoy the pleasure of meeting new and interesting people, and enjoy fine food, wine and music. All of the above; Together if possible! As a classically trained chef and hotelier Jonathan is still exploring life’s pleasures. Over the past two decades, Jonathan has worked in a variety of restaurants and hotels. Passion for great food and wine experiences led to catering and events for hotels. Jonathan’s excitement to explore; meet new people and eat what they eat has led him from street taco stands in Acapulco at 3am to the heights of fine Gastronomy. Always returning for a simple repast of peasant food and great wine- a NY strip rare with salt and pepper, wedge salad, shrimp cocktail, braised osso bucco and a great bottle of wine with some good friends!! While at Michigan State, Jonathan had the honor to run a student led gourmet dinner event for over 300 guests, Les Gourmets. Experience with Les Gourmets and other events sparked a passion for event planning and catering. After graduating from Michigan State’s Prestigious School of Hospitality Business in 1997, Jonathan worked in catering and events with InterContinental Chicago. In the early 2000's Jonathan was a partner in creating YLo Epicure in Denver a gourmet deli and catering company later sold and still one of Denver's top catering offerings. Later moving to Hong Kong, Jonathan has worked in the wine and spirits import and distribution market for over a decade. After a successful chapter with Macallan in sales and marketing, continued rising to General Manager Greater South China for ASC Fine Wines, a division of Suntory. Jonathan has been consulting on import, distribution and brand management for select clients in the region.

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