wine education > Loved Up On Chardonnay
Chardonnay is such a fantastically versatile grape.
It can be made in a number of styles from lean, unoaked citrus styles through to the voluptuous, rich and buttery ones.
Over the past 10 years, people became cautious of the over oaked, flabby Chardonnay’s that Australia was known for producing (and favouring) in the 80’s but these days Chardonnay has seen a reinvigoration partially due to the increase in more restrained, fruit driven styles. It is an expressive variety which strongly reflects the place it was grown, and it responds to different winemaking techniques which influence the style and texture of the finished wine.
Chardy as we often affectionately call it is also a really versatile food wine, here are our top picks for you to compare and enjoy.
Jacob’s Creek Reserve Chardonnay
Produced from grapes grown in the Adelaide hills this wine is a typical cool climate wine where the lower temperatures of the Hills allow the grapes to retain their crisp acidity. This wine is full of fresh stone fruit and citrus aromas with undertones of spicy cedar oak. It is a well balanced wine with great length.
Jacob’s Creek Barossa Signature Chardonnay
Designed to express the unique character of the Barossa and to pay homage to the home of Jacob’s Creek since 1847 this wine is offers honeydew melon, stone fruit and citrus aromas.
By combining parcels from both the lower lying vineyards of the Barossa Valley which add rich, ripe fruit and the higher altitude vineyards of the Eden Valley, which produce delicate flavours, natural acidity and vibrant green apple and citrus flavours this produces a layered Chardonnay with luscious stone fruit and fresh citrus flavour. Enjoy with risotto of smoked trout, capers and wild mushrooms
Cool Harvest Unoaked Chardonnay
Harvested in the cool of the night when the temperature is at its coolest allows us to lock in the delicate & fresh flavours. The nose offers a complex and intriguing mix of honeydew melon, pineapple and lemon citrus. This is a classic unoaked Chardonnay, with fresh zesty lemon flavours that showcase the value of harvesting at cool temperatures.
Reserve Adelaide Hills Chardonnay
Ideal accompaniment to cream-based pasta dishes or roasted chicken.See more about this wine