I find it both interesting and funny the perceptions of Chardonnay. Over the last couple of weeks I have had three people provide different views about the variety, all of which were fair but, dare I say, closed. They were, “all chardonnay is the same isn’t it?”, “there are no better chardys than those made in Margaret River or Yarra Valley” and, the piece de resistance, “I don’t like Chardonnay because it’s so common.” I have to say, I had quite the discussion with each of these friends, yes friends, about their views. Now, don’t get me wrong, I appreciate the fact everyone is entitled to their opinion but, goodness me, people don’t need to wear blinkers when it comes to wine anymore. It’s a totally different wine world these days and there is no better example than this Chardonnay.
It has quite a lovely nose. Aromas of cashews and hazelnuts and fruit salad like, but mainly pears but not dominating, if that makes sense. The palate is so interesting and intriguing and complex and moreish. Plenty of flavour for sure. Juicy peaches and pears, it’s smooth and creamy texture is very nicely complemented by some delicate and fine acidity while finishing long and persistent. This wine sits between the ‘I want people to try this wine’ and ‘I don’t want to share this wine with anyone’. I compromised and shared it with my wife. A delicious wine indeed!
Region: Beechworth, Vic Price: $42 Source: Wine Swap
In my book, ABC = Always Buy Chardonnay 👍
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