From big, oak infused, buttery, yellow wines to more austere, crisper and cleaner styled wines, Chardonnay covers it all. Due to the grape’s resilience and hardiness, chardonnay can grow all over the world; it can be grown in cooler climates or warmer climates. It reaches its mineral-laced pinnacle in Burgundy, ripens to tropical richness in California and Australia, and takes very well to new oak.
In the 1980s and 1990s, chardonnay became Australia’s ‘golden child’. Just as society back then was all about excess, so too was chardonnay. The bigger the style and the oakier the better. This style of Chardonnay was so wildly popular that it earned an alter ego, “kardonnay’, in the Australian satirical comedy series, “Kath and Kim’. However, with the turning of the century, trends began to change (for some!) and the desire for excessively oaky chardonnays began to decline. Consumers became more interested in more elegant and subtle chardonnays…still somewhat oaky, but more finely integrated.
Chardonnay typically has a wider-bodied and rich citrus taste compared to other white wines. Cool climate Chardonnay can result in notes of green apples, green pears, citrus, and vegetable notes such as cucumber; white stone fruit and melon may also be present in moderate climates; tropical fruit notes such as peach, banana, pineapple, mango, and even fig can be found in warmer climate Chardonnay.
It picks up buttery aromas from malolactic fermentation, and toasty or vanilla scents from aging in new barrels.
A common choice for food pairing for chardonnay is fish or poultry. It can even stand up to red meat – depending on how it is cooked and what sauces and flavours accompany it. It’s a good variety with which to start on your white wine journey.
Buy Emerging Chardonnay Wines Online
At BottlO´Briens we offer a delectable range of Chardonnays from New Zealand, United States and Europe, as well as some of the best Australian Chardonnay wines online and in store. Nick Spencer Tumbarumba Chardonnay from Tumbarumba- New South Wales, Australia is a vibrant chardonnay. Green apple and white peach aromas linger on the nose, with slight crushed rock notes. It´s a smashing drop. Dog Point Vineyard Chardonnay from Marlborough, New Zealand is a vibrant chardonnay displaying lively acidity. The palate is focused and restrained which unfurls on the finish and exposes the intense citrus core with underlying cashew and nutty flavours.
Local & Australia-Wide White Wine Delivery
At BottlO’Briens, we offer free Chardonnay wine delivery to Cronulla, Woolooware, Burraneer, Gymea, Miranda and Caringbah (for Orders over $100). All other Sydney postcodes $15 flat rate delivery fee for Chardonnay wine delivery. Next day delivery is available for orders placed before 11am.
BottlO´Briens delivers Australia wide (excluding Northern Territory).