Chardonnay is a green-skinned grape variety used to make white wine. It originated in the Burgundy wine region of eastern France but is now grown wherever wine is produced, from England to New Zealand.
In general, Chardonnay produces wines, which are dry to medium dry with pear, apple, tropical or citrus fruit flavors. When little to no oak aging occurs, Chardonnay tends to be more crisp and fresh. With extensive oak aging, they become creamy and buttery with vanilla, spice, and oak flavors. Chardonnay is the world’s most popular white wine grape and it is grown in virtually every wine-producing region. Chardonnay thrives as the white grape of Burgundy and it produces extraordinary wines in the Russian River Valley and Carneros region in California.
Chardonnay is a marvelously flexible variety, performing well almost everywhere it is grown. Here in Australia, Adelaide Hills, Margaret River, Mornington Peninsula and Yarra Valley produce some of the best Chardonnays.
Selecting a chardonnay is a fundamental challenge for any white wine drinker. We all know chardonnay, the undisputed champion of white wines. However, many of us would like to know a little bit more about the qualities and characteristics of chardonnay that would help us buy Chardonnay wine online. Listed below are a few elements of chardonnay that will help in the selection and enjoyment process.
It is important to determine the flavours you prefer in your chardonnay. Younger wines tend to be less complex than older varieties. It seems to take time for all the complexities of the flavours to unfold. Flavours such as pineapple, melon, lemon, and pear can all be detected in varying amounts in chardonnay. When we speak of a “balanced” wine, we are referring to the ratio of oak and wood flavours to fruit flavours. To determine which flavours you prefer, try a blind taste test. Simply select 3 different chardonnays and apply a blindfold. Make sure that each bottle is the same temperature. Taste each wine, making sure to cleanse your palate after each taste. Voila! you can now select your preference!
There are a variety of Chardonnay White Wines in Australia that can be purchased online or from wine stores and vary in prices. Some of these are:
- Gioiello Estate Chardonnay ($17)
- Picket Fence Chardonnay ($18)
- Rochford Latitude Chardonnay ($20)
- Lake Breeze Reserve Chardonnay ($24)
- Xanadu Reserve Chardonnay ($90)
Chardonnays can be served with a variety of foods. The more balanced Chardonnays go beautifully with shellfish or pasta. Fruitier varieties are fabulous with chicken and fish. Hopefully, these tips will help you when buying Chardonnay White Wine online or at a bottle shop.
Chardonnay white wine should be served COLD! Chardonnay served at room temperature while palatable, is far too bold. The intense flavours, at room temperature tend to overwhelm us, and any food we might be consuming. As it decreases in temperature, the flavours are toned down, and the flavours are more easily differentiated. So the colder the chardonnay, the better.