Chardonnay

Chardonnay

"Since its beginnings in Burgundy, Chardonnay has travelled across the globe, taking root in every old and new world location and ranging from the inexpensive, everyday to the super premium. In Australia, Chardonnay performs best in the cooler climates."

Since its beginnings in Burgundy, Chardonnay has traveled across the globe, taking root in every old and new world location and ranging from the inexpensive, everyday to the super premium. In Australia, Chardonnay performs best in the cooler climates. The most notable of which is Western Australia’s Margaret River region where the cooling, co... read moreastal wines provide crisp acidity and great freshness. The use of quality oak in fermentation and aging is common in Margaret River and the high levels of sunshine provide optimum ripeness often showing intense citrus and stone fruit qualities. All these factors combine to make Margaret River one of the worlds most premium regions for producing Chardonnay that rivals the best of Burgundy. Chardonnay was a late bloomer in the already, comparatively young Margaret River so the potentials have only recently been recognized and Chardonnay is becoming a staple of most producer's portfolios with incredible examples being produced from such names as Flowstone, Nocturne and Domaine Naturaliste. Head east and you can find it in the cool climate Victoria where you can get great examples from the Yarra Valley from Hoddles Creek and Soumah. One of the most exciting regions in Australia at the moment is Tasmania which is much cooler than most of the mainland and Chardonnay is grown here for both high quality sparkling and still wines.

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JC's Own Freestyler 2020

JC's Own Freestyler 2020

Barossa Valley, Australia

£22.95 per bottle

Stuart McCloskey “By far one of my favourite annual releases, as I am fascinated by the wacky blend (Old Vine Chenin Blanc and Crouchen, Angaston; Sauvignon Blanc, Adelaide Hills; Chardonnay, Krondorf; Pinot Gris, Adelaide Hills) and the textural feel too, the wine provides glass after glass of uncompromised satisfaction. The grapes are lovingly... read more

Stuart McCloskey “By far one of my favourite annual releases, as I am fascinated by the wacky blend (Old Vine Chenin Blanc and Crouchen, Angaston; Sauvignon Blanc, Adelaide Hills; Chardonnay, Krondorf; Pinot Gris, Adelaide Hills) and the textural feel too, the wine provides glass after glass of uncompromised satisfaction. The grapes are lovingly hand harvested, foot treaded and left on stalks and skins for 24 hours. JC ages the wine on the lees for 11 months and bottles unfined and unfiltered, hence a little cloudiness. Bring everything together and you are presented with a textural beauty which will gain complexity over the coming 3-5 years, but there is no harm in drinking this wine now as it’s so irresistible. I adore texture and I love wines that do not conform – The caveat being that I am not a fan of daft / wacky wines which are created to disrupt. More often than not, they are produced for social media and rarely succeed. For me, JC is a brilliant winemaker with his natural skill for white wines being his ultimate gift. This man can produce bloody amazing wines which are thrilling, sensuous and just outright delicious. The nose is a riot – I actually find myself unable to put the glass down. There’s a touch of oxidation (perfectly acceptable) along with a savoury mélange of hay, wild grass, a milky chalkiness, perhaps a little bruised apple and sweet spice. The palate feel gets my juices flowing – waxy and grippy - my cheeks puckering a little. Savoury, with that fresh grassy character. This is stunningly explosive on the palate. A riot of… Actually, I am struggling to be succinct as there is so much going on. In short, and following a very long tasting note, this is simply a must have. It’s a joy and will be the only wine to serve in the garden this year. Drink now to 2025. Served using Zalto Universal glassware.”

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Domaine Naturaliste Artus Chardonnay 2019

Domaine Naturaliste Artus Chardonnay 2019

Margaret River, Australia

£31.50 per bottle

97+ - 98 Points - Stuart McCloskey “This is a serious step up from Floris, as you would expect. I will be truthful and declare that all three bottles (since arriving in the UK last week) have been significantly more enjoyable than our sample bottle pre-Christmas 2020 (I will add that we purchased 360 bottles from our first sample!) At first, the... read more

97+ - 98 Points - Stuart McCloskey “This is a serious step up from Floris, as you would expect. I will be truthful and declare that all three bottles (since arriving in the UK last week) have been significantly more enjoyable than our sample bottle pre-Christmas 2020 (I will add that we purchased 360 bottles from our first sample!) At first, the bouquet provides a nostalgic twist of popcorn which dissipates with a little aeration. We move onto a nutty savouriness - toasty, a touch tropical (more caramelised). Savoury transitions to Yuzu and sea spray which in turn moves onto a delicate floral character. I detect a little bitter orange peel on the finish – I could be wrong? The flavours are built around perfect structure with everything being aligned and unforced. The fruit sides with citrus – lemon, Yuzu and lime with delicate oak spices providing a point of difference. The palate feel is luxurious, ripe but far from being overripe. There’s an honest purity to the feel and flavours. Citrus clean acidity and minerally fruit. Ambitious, but keeping one hand on the Margaret River style. That said, I am pleased to see a move away from some of the more ‘slender’ examples. Wonderfully bright, balanced and dances on the palate with mouth-watering acidity and a dusting of spices… Extremely long and will provide ten years of cellaring. This will be fascinating in five (note to keep a few cases back). Decant for 20-30 minutes. Do not overchill. Served using Zalto Bordeaux glassware.”

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