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Some reasons to love Chardonnay September 23, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Drinks & Beverages.
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Chardonnay has endured a bad rap over the years, considered by many as so aggressively oaky and lacking in style that it could never be considered a serious choice for the sophisticated drinker.

It’s been labeled ‘naff’, adopted by ‘foxy ladies’ Kath and Kim (‘get us a glass of cardonnay’) and dismissed by the younger set as deeply suburban in short it’s been a tough few decades for the Chardonnay grape. The Chardonnays of today are of a different breed, here are my reasons for considering it to be such a fantastic wine variety.

It’s a fantastic food wine, as our culinary expertise has developed we are more comfortable eating and cooking more complex dishes and flavours. Chardonnay is an adaptable food wine able to stand up to rich flavours without the threat of being overwhelmed. There are plenty of more delicate styles for those dishes that require a lighter touch, but on the whole I consider it to be one of the most versatile wines available.

Value for money is readily available, you can get some great value Chardonnays in the $12 – $15 bracket and if you are prepared to spend even a few dollars more you can often move up to the next tier of wines for something a little extra special.

Depth, flavour and complexity, in my opinion no wine offers greater depth of flavour and more beguiling complexity than a good Chardonnay, it can be elegant and restrained or a lush blockbuster. The Chardonnay grape is amazingly adaptable to so many styles of winemaking that there’s practically a style for every mood you are in, a one trick pony this variety is not.

Oak is good, many people have been put off Chardonnay in the past because they have come across many that have been too heavily oaked. Most producers these days have got the message to pull back and now use oak more discriminately to craft some very deft wines indeed.

However, if you’ve been scarred for life or are just not a fan of oaky wines, there are plenty of lightly oaked and unoaked Chardonnays now available that still offer varietal charm without being over-powering.

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1. winewithdinner - September 27, 2007

I agree for the most part, but I still say that Riesling is the king of the white grapes.


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