When I was younger, I remember reading Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and thinking how misunderstood that poor beast of a man was. Cobbled together from spare parts, Frankenstein’s monster didn’t know it was a monster until someone told him so. The same could be said for this week’s wine.
The 2006 X&Y Margaret River Chardonnay is a prime example of how winemakers tinker with nature by adding and subtracting elements in and out of the wine making process. The end result is often a disjointed wine that has all the right elements but lacks that intangible force that pulls the whole package together. To put it in familiar terms, this “mad scientist” wine might have human DNA, but the bolts in its neck and it jerky movements gives away the monster within. The X&Y Chardonnay has typical flavours of citrus, vanilla, and oak and would go well with chicken or salmon. As for cheese, I would recommend trying it with a Brie or mild Gouda.
At $17.95, this isn’t a horrible wine. I just think there is nothing terribly special about the way it was put together. I would take a pass…but that’s just my opinion. Let me know what you think.