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Chardonnay, Fermented

Chardonnay, Barrel Fermented Wine Details
Price: $19.95 per bottle

Description: Barrel fermented in French oak, 1/3 of that new oak. The oak barrels were sourced from a combination of forests in Europe and North America, and from several cooperage houses. Aging in barrel for 7 months. Full bodied and multi-faceted with layers of tropical fruits, flinty mineral flavours off-set by notes of fresh cream and caramel and toast. Attractive now but will age for up to 10 years. Grilled salmon, crab and lobster. Wild fowl or turkey. Dishes with cream sauces or mild herb flavours.

Varietal Definition
Chardonnay is by far the most widely planted grape crop in California and dominates California’s cooler, coastal, quality wine regions. The natural varietal ‘taste and smell’ of Chardonnay is surprisingly unfamiliar to many wine drinkers, as its true character is often guised with dominating winemaking signatures. Chardonnay’s rather subdued primary fruit characteristics lean toward the crisp fruitiness of apples, pears and lemon, but the variety’s full body is capable of supporting a host of complementary characteristics, such as oak, butter and vanilla. Regardless of what is the appropriate style for Chardonnay, the varietal continues to dominate vineyard plantings in every corner of the world. Close attention to clonal selection has made this broad geographic and climactic range of Chardonnay viable in thoughtful viticultural hands.


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