I really enjoyed the bottle of The Crossings Chardonnay that I was sent to sample. It’s light with a crisp peach flavor when it first hits your tongue and ends with a good balance of citrus. Since this chardonnay is unoaked — fermented in steel tanks instead of oak barrels — the fruit flavors are front and center, which I really like.
A quick search online for prices on this New Zealand chardonnay shows a range of $10 to $12 a bottle. For that price range, this is a very nice, sustainable wine. I could definitely see this being the chardonnay choice for summer entertaining, especially in very hot weather.
The Crossings is part of Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand, a group founded by growers from all the grape-growing regions. The program ensures that a minimum use of chemicals occurs during the growing and making of the wines. Instead of relying on chemicals to help the vines along, The Crossings concentrates on placing the right vines in the right place so they can thrive without the use of chemicals.
I’m adding this to my list of summer white wines to sip on the back deck (or the front porch) that are also affordable enough to serve to a crowd.
Wine, beer and spirits disclaimer: I am not paid by any producer of wine, beer or spirits to write about their product, although the company may provide me with a sample of the product. I am not a professional reviewer of wine, beer or spirits. I’ll write about the product if it’s something that I like and if I think the producer is working toward making the product in an environmentally friendlier fashion.