What is Chardonnay?
- Pronounced ‘shard-oh-nay’
- Most produced white grape in the world
- one of the six noble grapes
- From Burgandy in France
- One of the easier grapes to grow
- Very adaptable and mouldable by the terroir and the winemaker
- Very leafy vine which needs a lot of pruning and upkeep
Where is Chardonnay grown?
- Chablis, Burgandy, and Champaign are cool to moderate climates
- South Africa southern cape coast around walker bay
What does Chardonnay taste like?
- Varies very widely in places and styles
- Two key techniques dictate style, malolactic fermentation (butter notes) and oak, especially new or longer barrel aging (toast, clove, cinnamon, vanilla)
- Cooler climate (e.g Chablis) Chardonnay is lemon, green apple, minerality
- Warm climate (e.g. Australia) is pineapple, peach, apricot, melon, and mango
- Chardonnay is not super aromatic on its own, most of the nose comes from the winemaking techniques
- Acid is generally high, hotter is medium
- French Chardonnay is fresh
What food does Chardonnay go well with?