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Chardonnay: it’s the most planted white grape in the world, as well as the most planted wine grape in the United States. And yet, Chardonnay seems to be the world’s most polarizing wine: you either love it or hate it.
Chardonnay is a green-skinned grape variety used in the production of white wine. The variety originated in the Burgundy wine region of eastern France, but is now grown wherever wine is produced, from England to New Zealand. For new and developing wine regions, growing Chardonnay is seen as a "rite of passage" and an easy entry into the international wine market.
The Chardonnay grape itself is very neutral, with many of the flavors commonly associated with the grape being derived from such influences as terroir and oak. It is vinified in many different styles, from the lean, crisply mineral wines of Chablis to New World wines with oak, and tropical fruit flavors. In cool climates (such as Chablis and the Carneros AVA of California), Chardonnay tends to be medium to light body with noticeable acidity and flavors of green plum, apple, and pear.
In warmer locations the flavors become more citrus, peach, and melon, while in very warm location more fig and tropical fruit notes such as banana and mango come out. Wines that have gone through malolactic fermentation tend to have softer acidity and fruit flavors with buttery mouthfeel and hazelnut notes.
Shows a brilliant yellow color with greenish reflexes. The medium-high aromatic intensity with very clean aromas. On the palate, it is fresh and lingering, acutely scented, with hints of tropical fruits, sharp apples, and peaches.
91+ pts - Robert Parker - 'The Wine Advocate' "
"The 2012 Chardonnay exudes lovely peach blossom & spiced apple notes with a pleasantly yeasty & toasty undercurrent plus nuances of cashews & honeysuckle. Medium-bodied with a great intensity of apple tart & spiced peach flavors, it finishes with a great persistence of yeasty & nutty flavor layers" - Robert Parker
The Thomas Block Chardonnay is a biodynamically produced organic wine that is vegan compliant. Past vintages have consistently all scored 90+ points from the recognised wine critics.
Golden straw with a slight green hue exhibiting bright tropical fruits with hints of olives, butter-scotch & zesty citrus notes
Lemon & characters with integrated French oak, a touch of marmalade, butterscotch & delicate minerality
A delicious Chardonnay from one of Australia's most respected wine growers - David Paxton. Paxton's organic wines are produced on Biodynamic principles without the use of synthetic fertilisers or pesticides with a focus on promoting healthy, living soils.
89pts - James Halliday
Certified Organic, the Battle of Bosworth Chardonnay is complex & delicious, full of flavour, yet delicate.
There is a hint of nut, stone fruit & some underlying citrus characters on both nose & palate.
Medium-bodied, full flavoured & quite delightful.
"Golden colour introduces a flint-flecked wine with strong flavours of ripe peach & toasty oak. This is full-bodied chardonnay with plenty of zing to the finish..." - James Halliday
This 100% Chardonnay produced on the hillsides of Saint Georges d’Orques has a light straw colour, a fresh bouquet of zesty yellow citrus fruit. Ripe and full flavoured with a rich and creamy texture, round and perfectly balanced by a fresh lemon acidity with a crisp, clean and long finish.