Wine with Bob Campbell: 2018 Church Road Chardonnay

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Sat, 30 May 2020, 11:59AM
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Wine with Bob Campbell: 2018 Church Road Chardonnay

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Sat, 30 May 2020, 11:59AM

2018 Church Road Chardonnay $19.99

Why I chose it:

  • Classic “house wine” crowd-pleaser. 1000 people, most would like it. Marion likes big and buttery, I like sleek and crisp, both like Church Road.
  • Entry level wine. If pay more, you get more. McDonald ($26), Grand Reserve ($40), Tom ($150). Church Road is a great Chardonnay maker.
  • 2018 was a pretty good vintage in HB (2019 and 2020 promise to be even better)

What does it taste like?

  • Quite rich, smooth-textured, peach and citrus with a smidgen of spicy oak. Deliciously easy-to-drink Chardonnay.

Why it’s a bargain:

  • It simply delivers a lot for a very modest price. Church Road is part of the French-owned Pernod-Ricard group and is one of this country’s largest wine producers which gives them economies of scale allowing them to make “price-friendly” wines.

Where you can buy it?

  • New World $14.99 (on special)
  • Whisky and More (Waikato) $15.50,
  • The Good Wine Co $16.99

Food match?

  • Very versatile: white meat – chicken, pork and seafood are all good matches. Good with many vegetarian dishes and lightly spiced curries.

Will it keep?

  • It will offer tasty drinking for another three to four years but probably won’t get much better than it is right now.