Road To Enlightenment Chardonnay 2018
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Australia's wine industry is a thriving part of the country's economy, contributing significantly to employment, production, export, and tourism. In fact, the industry is the fourth-largest wine exporter in the world, shipping out 760 million liters of wine to countries including France, Italy, Spain, and the UK. One of the key factors contributing to Australia's success as a "New World" wine producer is the formal export and marketing of its wines through Wine Australia.
Australia's wine regions are scattered across the south and southeast, with almost every state boasting its own vineyards. Victoria, for example, is home to an impressive 21 wine regions. Some of the most famous wine regions in Australia include Margaret River, Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Eden Valley, Clare Valley, Hunter Valley, Yarra Valley, and local regions to New South Wales such as Cowra, Southern Highlands, and Mudgee.
Australian winemakers are known for producing a diverse range of grape varieties, with Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Noir being among the most popular. They tend to focus on producing wines that are ripe, fruit-forward, and easy to drink, using modern winemaking techniques and equipment such as stainless steel tanks and temperature-controlled fermentation.
With its bold, fruit-driven flavors and reputation for quality and diversity, Australian wine has become a popular choice for wine lovers around the world. And with such a broad range of wine regions and grape varieties, there's something for every palate to enjoy.
If you like Australian wine, then you probably like South Australia wine. The rich reds produced there put Australia on the wine-making map of the world. With over 40% of the country's vineyards, South Australia can rightfully call itself the wine state.
Wines are produced in several regions throughout the state, though many are naturally grouped together, like Barossa and Eden Valleys, only 15 minutes apart. They include such regions as Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Eden Valley, Coonawarra, Adelaide Hills, Kangaroo Island, Langhorne Creek, The Limestone Coast, McLaren Vale and Wrattonbully to name but a few!
Barossa Valley boasts some of the oldest vines in Australia dating back to 1843 and produces some of the world's finest Shiraz, whilst the 'terra rossa' soils of Coonawarra is most suited to producing outstanding Cabernet Sauvignons. If you're a fan of Riesling, Clare Valley is a great place to explore and for a Maritime climate not dissimilar to parts of the Italian coastline, seek out the wines from McLaren Vale.
A subregion of the Limestone Coast wine-producing region of South Australia, Padthaway was earmarked for horticulture in the mid-20th century, thanks to its rich soil, underground water supply, and coastal-influenced Mediterranean climate. An area 62 kilometres long and 8 kilometres wide, it’s one of several areas in this region that has gained a reputation for producing excellent-quality wines. Some prominent Australian producers, including Seppelt, Lindemans, Wynns, and Hardys, were among the first to establish vineyards here. Key wine varieties are Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Chardonnay, with the two red varieties accounting for half of the region’s total plantings. Other substantial plantings include Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Traminer, Merlot, and Pinot Noir, and plantings of Pinot Gris and Viognier are on the rise.
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About the brand Road to Enlightenment
Through the years of winemaking experience and our overall enjoyment of wine it appears the journey many of us undertook seemed to take similar shape. The wines that were made and we enjoyed back then are not necessarily the same as what we get excited about today. Although many of the varieties are the same.
The wines crafted for the Road to Enlightenment are the direct result of our journey of discovery that simply helped us find the evocative, easy-to-like and often seductive wines we now choose to enjoy. And really, for many of us, it has arrived to us in the simple idea of better wines having better balance.
Road to Enlightenment is a range of classic, regional and varietally expressive wines seeking to be full flavoured, full of character and exceptionally drinkable. Wines of the past that were too overt in fruit, oak or weight is where we began, the balanced, fresh and vibrant wines of Road to Enlightenment is where we are headed.