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Chardonnay Wines

Gone is the season of the ABC (Anything but Chardonnay) white wine drinker – Chardonnay wine has seen a resurgence of late and Chardon-nay-sayers are starting to come around to this versatile and rewarding variety. Winemakers love it too, as it provides so many options that can yield wildly different results... Oak, or no oak, full or partial malolactic fermentation or indeed, stop the ferment before malo starts... Depending on what the winemaker chooses to do, you can see incredibly bright and acidic options that are crisp and refreshing or woody and creamy versions that seem as though they may have been strained through a lumberjacks jockstrap... either way, Chardonnay white wine is back baby, and we love it!

Is Chardonnay dry or sweet?

Most Chardonnay is fermented dry.

Is Chardonnay sparkling?

Like any variety, it can be made still or sparkling. Chardonnay has a special affinity for both options here, making some of the most expensive dry white wines and sparkling wines in the world. It’s planted very widely too, so whilst you could drop 10k on a bottle, you can also pick up an excellent Chardonnay for twenty bucks. What a sh!t show Chardonnay!

Can you drink old Chardonnay?

Yep, you can drink old anything! If you want to try old Chardy, the trick is to buy a case and drink a bottle a year. When it is tasting awesome, drink the rest of the case fairly quickly. Riesling and Semillon make the most age worthy dry white wines but good Chardy will improve too, generally not for as long though.

Is Chardonnay served chilled or room temp?

Somewhere in between – the colder you serve a wine the less aromatic it is... which means your olfactories have less information to work with when telling your brain what it is tasting. Grab a bottle, chill it hard, open and drink it over a few hours... you’ll likely find it tight and steely, perhaps even hard to begin with. As it opens, the wine will relax, aromas and flavours will become more obvious, the palate less hard. You’ll pretty quickly dial in on the right temp for you!

What is unoaked Chardonnay?

Unoaked Chardonnay is generally fermented in stainless steel and then bottled. Oaked Chardonnay may be fermented in steel or oak and is then aged for a period in oak to build structure and flavour. While in oak the wine may be ‘lees stirred’ whereby the yeast cells that collect on the bottom of the barrel are pushed back through the wine, perhaps once a fortnight or a month. This has a preservative effect and increases richness. Over time this imparts bready, cheesy and biscuity notes to the wine. Most high quality Chardonnay is oak aged. The wines of Chablis form a notable exception – many are made without oak influence because the fruit carries enough tingly acidity, minerality and chalkiness to have power and personality without the inclusion of oak.

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  1. Curtis Heritage Chardonnay 2021
    Special Price $18.00 Regular Price $30.00
  2. Eight at the Gate Family Selection Chardonnay 2017
    Special Price $35.00 Regular Price $38.00
  3. Eight at the Gate Family Selection Chardonnay 2019
    Special Price $35.00 Regular Price $38.00
  4. First Creek 'Botanica' Chardonnay 2018
    Special Price $18.00 Regular Price $25.00
  5. First Creek 'Hunter Valley' Chardonnay 2019
    Special Price $24.00 Regular Price $30.00
  6. Heirloom Vineyards Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2018
    Special Price $25.00 Regular Price $30.00
  7. Howard Vineyard Adelaide Hills Amos Chardonnay 2020
    Special Price $45.00 Regular Price $50.00
  8. Nuthouse Chardonnay 2020
    Special Price $15.00 Regular Price $25.00
  9. Sans + Pareil Estate 100 million % Chardonnay 2019
    Special Price $15.00 Regular Price $20.00
  10. Tomich Icons of Woodside Q96 Chardonnay 2018
    Special Price $50.00 Regular Price $60.00

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