14 Jun 2013

A fresh look at Chardonnay

A fresh look at Chardonnay

If we had a dollar for each time someone told us they did not drink Chardonnay…

Chardonnay is one of those grapes that responds very well to the terroir and the goals of the winemaker. This means that Chardonnay comes in a wide variety of styles, from the heavily oaked style to the crisper Chablis style. Wooded Chardonnay has been so popularized in California that some people think all Chardonnay is heavily wooded, and therefore they don’t like any Chardonnay. If you are one of these people, please continue reading. The Chablis style of Chardonnay is crisp and minerally, and unwooded Chardonnays are becoming more popular. We have found a lightly wooded version that we absolutely love…
Not only is the Margaret River region renown for producing exceptional Cabernet it also produces stunning Chardonnays. The only problem is that most of the Chardonnays from this area can be pretty pricey. We have found one that is fairly inexpensive and it is quite good. The 2012 Robert Oatley Chardonnay is not only reasonably priced it also showcases the high quality that one expects from this region. The Oatley family is one of Australia’s premier wine families and their portfolio sources and produces a vast range of wines from Australia’s finer wine producing regions. This just released 2012 Margaret River Chardonnay is a real beauty.

It has exceptional fruit purity and minimum oak treatment, around 20% new, as well as no malo-lactic fermentation. The goal was to create a wine that is lightly oaked with brighter, delicate citrus and stone fruit flavors that are backed with a fine line of acidity that helps to keep the wine fresh and vibrant. With the warmer months upon us we could not think of a better Chardonnay option than this, a 90 pt Wine Spectator review acknowledges what we already know, this is good and most importantly, it is a great value. We are offering this for $14.99 a bottle and $13.49 when you purchase 6 bottles or more.

Posted by Libby 00:00:00

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