17 Jun The Versatile Chardonnay Grape
Chardonnay is arguably the world’s most famous white variety.
Used exclusively in the production of White Burgundy and Chablis, many of the great white wines of the world are made from Chardonnay.
Chardonnay is a versatile grape and can be grown successfully in a wide range of climates. It is the only white variety used in the production of Champagne. Chardonnay became a very fashionable variety in the USA during the 1980’s and was successfully exported from Australia in large volumes during that time. These wines tended to be heavily wooded and over time, this style of wine fell out of favour.
This lead to the ABC (anything but chardonnay) club which became popular in the 1990’s. Over time, the style of chardonnay evolved and tended toward lighter oak influence and definitely more integrated and balanced oak styles.
Chardonnay grape juice itself is very neutral
The flavour of the wine is developed during the fermentation process when the flavour pre-cursers and released.
Alvi’s Drift Signature Chardonnay is made in a lightly oaked, fruity style. The colour is an attractive pale straw. The aromas on the nose are primarily peaches and spanspek with hints of vanilla and freshly baked bread crust. The wine is aged on the yeast lees, giving it a creamy and slightly viscous mouth feel with subtle flavour of roasted nuts apparent on the finish. Serve chilled with blue cheese, fish, prawns, crayfish, oysters, chicken and Asian dishes.