Chardonnay

Chardonnay is planted in almost every region in the world and makes a wide variety of wine styles from light-bodied, crisp and unoaked through to full-bodied, complex barrel matured versions. Chardonnay is an adaptable variety and can be grown in cool regions as well as warm areas. It is a productive, early budding and early ripening variety.
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  1. Online Tasting Pack - 2Nd Of July American Tasting
    • Brand Online Wine Tastings
    Online Tasting Pack - 2Nd Of July American Tasting
    $273.99 per ticket
    This pack contains a bottle of 4 different wines (2 half bottles and 2 full bottles) to be opened during an online tasting held on the 2nd of July 2020. During the COVID-19 lockdown, we will be running a series of online, interactive tastings so you can still get to try wines while keeping safe, healthy and at home. Join us for this online Independence Day tasting (well almost, the 4th is 2 days later!), which will showcase the variety of styles and grapes that come from the United States of America. This tasting will be held by the United Cellars team, alongside Pierre Pattieu, a Master Sommelier student and Specialist in USA wines. We'll taste 4 different varieties across a multitude of regions to learn more about the wines of the United States. This tasting will be done completely online, and questions are definitely encouraged. You can use your phone or laptop, you do not need a camera or microphone to take part.
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  2. Online Tasting Pack - Meet the Maker: Ricky Ponting May 19th, 6:30pm AEST
    • Brand Ponting Wines
    • Wine Type Mixed
  3. Online Tasting Pack - Old World V New World Thursday 18Th Feb 6:30Pm Aedt
    • Brand Online Wine Tastings
    Online Tasting Pack - Old World V New World Thursday 18Th Feb 6:30Pm Aedt
    $149.97 per ticket
    The ultimate debate in wine, Old World  V New World. Two Master of Wines' going head to head on arguably the most controversial subject in wine, we have Alistair Cooper MW in the corner for the Old World and Andrea Pritzker MW for the New World. In this main event, we'll be tasting two wines from each world one red and one white with two field experts using them as tools to educate us on why their world is best. Not to be missed! This pack contains 4 different bottles of wine to be opened during online tastings held on Thursday the 18th of February at 6.30pm AEDT. This tasting will be done completely online, questions are definitely encouraged, to be read out and answered by the experts. You can use your phone, computer, tablet or laptop, you do not need a camera or microphone to take part though we recommend these so you're able to interact with our experts and hosts.
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  4. Online Tasting Pack - Variety Comparison Of Chardonnay
    • Brand Online Wine Tastings
    Online Tasting Pack - Variety Comparison Of Chardonnay
    $114.99 per ticket
    This pack contains a bottle of 3 different wines to be opened during an online tasting held on Thursday the 30th of April 2020. During the COVID-19 lockdown, we will be running a series of online, interactive tastings. This event is all about Chardonnay, one of the most widely-planted, divisive, as well as diverse grape varieties on earth. At this tasting will take a deep dive into this variety and look at 3 different styles of Chardonnay. First we'll try the unoaked, lean and light expression from Chablis, then move south to the home of Chardonnay with a wine from Burgundy, and finally we'll taste a locally-grown wine from the Margaret River in Western Australia, often sited as one of our best regions for growing Chardonnay. This tasting will be done completely online, and questions are definitely encouraged, to be read out and answered. You can use your phone or laptop, you do not need a camera or microphone to take part.
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Chardonnay is one of the most versatile white wine grapes and one of the most widely planted in the world. This classic grape variety first came to Australia in the late 1920s but it wasn't until the 1970s that it become the most widely planted variety in the country.

The peak of its fame came in the 1980s but the style, full of "oaky" buttery flavours, has since become less popular. Today Chardonnay tends to be more restrained with outstanding structure and balance. Look for hints of vanilla/oak flavours and plenty of ripe, melon/grapefruit to ripe peach fruit, from warmer inland regions (Murray Darling, Riverland, Riverina). The Yarra Valley and Margaret River are know for producing wonderful Chardonnay examples that show fruit richness and complexity. Whilst from the coolest regions, such as Tasmania, Adelaide Hills and Mornington Peninsula the characters are more subtle, restrained, mineral with citrus and grapefruit.

It is suited to a wide variety of soils, though it excels in soils with a high limestone content as found in Champagne, Chablis, and the Côte d`Or. Burgundy is Chardonnay's spiritual home and the best White Burgundies are dry, rich, honeyed wines with marvelous poise, elegance and balance.

Chardonnay is critical to the Champagne blend, providing backbone and finesse. It is the only grape that can be used to produce Blanc de Blancs. It is also widely planted in California, Chile and South Africa, and New Zealand.

 

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