Chardonnay is A neutral white grape variety, originated in Burgundy, France and is now planted all over the world.
This grape produces an extraordinary range of styles, reflecting where it's grown and how it's made.
Generally, the wine can be Clear, bright, straw yellow to gold, medium to full bodied. Depending on region and terroir, Chardonnay can exhibit a wide range of aromas and flavours. Cooler climate Chardonnay has apple and pear, while warmer climate show more citrus and melon, and hot climate exhibit tropical fruits like banana, pineapple, and mango. Chardonnay is highly versatile and adaptable and takes on the flavours of its container, be it a steel cask (mineral tones, slate, wet rocks) or oak barrels (vanilla, coconut, toast, biscuit). Malolactic fermentation is an often-used technique with Chardonnay, which gives the wine smooth texture and creamy buttery flavours
The Bolder Oaked Chardonnay has scents of vanilla, coconut, and oddly – dill. The oak influence also tones down the acidity and produces a smooth, full mouthfeel. While The leaner, unoaked Chardonnay smells and tastes very “green” – green apple, green plum, pear, citrus. These wines are dry and crisp and have similarities to Pinot Gris/Grigio.