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Unoaked Chardonnay

Unoaked Chardonnay Wine Details

Description: This shows a good concentration of apple, white peach and pear aromas on the nose. It has a touch of sweetness on the palate, but the lively apple acidity contains it nicely. Selecting a menu for Canada day is going to be dependent on the weather. If the temperatures continue as they are, light and simplistic foods will be the order of the day. One of my favourite appetizers has always been a large bowl of steaming hot mussels with a glass of wine and a hot toasty baguette. PEI produces some of the finest examples of mussels in the world. They are relatively inexpensive, quick to prepare and very tasty. The unoaked chardonnay will work well as that touch of residual sugar will be off set by the cream in the sauce.

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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