Sunday, 9 May 2010
I love the rich, creamy, oaked Chardonnays from the new world. Australia, New Zealand and South Africa all have great examples of this. Chardonnay is easy to manipulate in the winery. Vignerons love the variety as they can influence the wine by tweaking the production process to get an individual wine of their making. Malolactic fermentation imparts a buttery toastiness which is sometimes amplified by siphoning the wine into brand new oak barrels to mature.
2008 Journeys End, Haystack Chardonnay
Big and rich in style with heavy use of Oak giving it a nutty toasted aroma. On the palate it is smooth and full bodied with bread, butter and toffee apple fruit but it is dry and comes with a very long finish. Excellent indeed.
£9.99 From Bibendum Wine.