Chardonnay, a smooth and light wine, is believed to have originated in the French region of Burgundy and is planted in more wine regions than any other white grape. These green and tough skinned grapes bud very early on and rapidly lose acidity as soon as they ripen.
- Great balance of acidity and sugars
- Prone to oxidization
- Strong aromas of Mango, Pineapple and Green Apple
- Easily malleable, and can be used with many winemaking styles
- Can be made into a wide range of styles.
- Most common styles include, barrel aging and malolactic fermentation.
- Smooth light tropical fruit notes
- Most identifying styles of Chardonnay are regionally based.
- Wine typically needs around 12 months of aging to soften appropriately, 18-24 months is ideal.
- We find that it blends nicely with Sauvignon Blanc, Gewurztraminer, and Riesling.
- Oaking Chardonnay will dramatically change its profile
- With oak it is a full bodied, buttery wine and without it will have stronger notes of apple and pear
- Can be made in the Sur Lie style