Ask Sid : Australian Chardonnay

January 21st, 2015
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Question: Planning a February special dinner party where I want to showcase Australian chardonnay. Any recommendations for me?

Answer: Great idea because now there are some wonderful chardonnays from Australia that are less oaky and much more food friendly. Not sure of what foods you are featuring or your budget but there is availability at all price ranges from the top expensive barrel fermented Yattarna (now always mostly Tasmania fruit) from Penfolds all the way down to the low priced multi blend values. I really enjoy mid- priced best examples from the cooler regions like Tasmania (complex low yield Josef Chromy), Adelaide Hills (balanced refined wild yeast Shaw & Smith M3 either 2012 or 2013 & stylish Wolf Blass Gold Label 2013), Margaret River (elegant fruity Devil’s Lair Hidden Cave 2013 or 2014), and Yarra Valley (consistent Coldstream Hills). Enjoy!


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