Today is #ChardonnayDay (or #ChardDay) in ‘Social Media Land’. I am not going to bother explaining this Twitter-borne concept here (after all I am hardly the expert; I’m a bit of a hashtag dunce), however it does provide a good opportunity to post a review on one of my favourite varieties (but, who am I kidding, I have a LOT of favourites).
This time last year (for this very occasion) I reported back on a wine trip to Margaret River in WA; one of the premium spots for Chardonnay in Australia.
You can check out that post here: Celebrating Margaret River Chardonnay and discover a little more about the wonderful Chardys hiding out in this region.
Another Australian wine region that can churn out a quality Chardonnay is the Yarra Valley in Victoria; and a particularly enjoyable example is the 2010 Seville Estate Chardonnay.
All of the hallmarks of Yarra Valley are present; an abundance of fresh primary fruit and mineral characters with a firm, yet complex, structure. In particular, this wine displays aromas and flavours of melon, peach and citrus and a slight nuttiness and savoury character drawn from wild yeast and french oak maturation.
The Seville is a fantastic wine for anyone wanting to ease their taste buds into a fuller, barrel-fermented style of Chardonnay. It has a beautiful texture and oak character, yet retains a firm line and its fresh varietal fruit flavours. Classy.
In fact, I thought this wine was ‘worthy’ of inclusion in the inaugural Wine Circle Gourmet Tasting Selection (along with a range of other fabulous, boutique wines that you can check out here: The Wine Circle).
But, I digress.
Another great thing about Chardonnay is its versatility when it comes to food. The variety can be matched with a range of dishes, but works particularly well with grilled fish, shellfish, pork or chicken with a creamy or buttery sauce.
So get out there today and crack open a few Chardys to enjoy with good friends and good food (or curl around a bottle at home on your tod; works just as well).
Happy Chardonnay Day!
Jump on board and tweet me about it at: www.twitter.com/thegourmetbelle
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