What is Chardonnay?What foods does it go well with? What are some interesting brands?
The Chardonnay grape is thought to have originated in Lebanon. Winemakers love Chardonnay because the vines are easy to grow, and have a high yield. Wine drinkers love Chardonnay because of the wide variety of flavours it can take on. Depending on where it's grown and how it's fermented, Chardonnay can taste semi-sweet or sour, heady or light. Typical flavours are apple, tangerine, lemon, lime, melon, and oak. Also, Chardonnay is not a "rich man's drink". A surprisingly good chardonnay can cost under $10. Chardonnay is usually dry, and goes best with poultry or seafood, like lobster or scallops. It can even go well with a light red meat dish. Good cheeses for Chardonnay include Gruyere, Provolone, and Brie. Cool-climate Chardonnays get longer growing times, and end up with subtle overtones. Warm-climate Chardonnays, on the other hand, become more flavourful and full tasting. Chardonnay should be served at 9C. Most chardonnays are meant to be drunk immediately, but some can age for 5-10 years or more. Australian Chardonnay is experiencing a new and exciting phase. Our premium wines stand proud alongside the great wines of Burgundy and California. The ageing potential of our wines is increasing, as it the overall quality and balance. Exports are ever increasing, which indicates that it is not only Australians, but also the world, that is drinking and enjoying Australian Chardonnay.