If you have ever found yourself muttering “anything but chardonnay”, expecting another over-weight, over-oaked specimen, think again. Here on this northerly Adriatic peninsula, where Alpine and Mediterranean climates meet in harmony, Vina Laguna suggests chardonnay can be cool again: cool climate, cool fermentation, and not a trace of oak. A great summer meant ripe grapes and full fruit flavours but with a freshness that most New World chardonnays can only dream about. Serve it cool at 10-12oC with a seafood pasta and discover the lightness of being Istria.