Callia Alta Chardonnay 2006
Valle de Tulum, San Juan
Clear pale straw.
Subdued. Some rock melon and pineapple, with hints of white pepper and black tea.
Light-medium body for a Chardonnay. Restrained tropical fruits, pleasant acidity of fresh pineapple and ample citrus (white grapefruit) notes. Spicy white pepper, and good length.
Callia's entry level Chardonnay is a very pleasant, if atypical drop. It's restrained on the nose, even more so on the oak and malolactic fermentation flavours. You won't find butterscotch and caramel cream, and while there are underlying tropical flavours the dominant impression is of spice and pleasant fresh citric acidity. In fact, if this had been labelled Viognier it would almost have been a credible claim. But it's well balanced, pleasant drinking at a very good price.