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AUSTRALIAN CHARDONNAY

Posted by amour, Feb 18, 2017.

To begin with, Australian Chardonnay wine has improved significantly over the years!

As I understand it, Australian winemakers are busily introducing new styles.

I had new Aussie chards recently and concluded that they are really good, in my very humble opinion!

These lovely chards are the result of more careful soil selection and well-considered site selection.  Early picking and also the reduction in the use of new oak, have both generated better Australian chards, according to my informed source.

Of course, Aussie Chardonnay varies from one region to the other.

I had a YABBY LAKE from Mornington Peninsular, bought in London, England; it proved to be an elegant, slightly lemony gem.

Have you tried AUSTRALIAN CHARDONNAY?

Share your views with us, please!

 

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Reply by rckr1951, Feb 18, 2017.

Leeuwin makes several that I've had and tried and for my money they are tops in Australia.  Vasse Felix makes a solid entry level Chard and an even better Hatesbury.  Oakridge Estate makes a couple of chards that I've had in the past also -  but I like Yarra  Valley offering the best.

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Reply by amour, Feb 18, 2017.

Very interesting contribution, RCKR 1951.

You are in my prayers......Be well....

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Reply by amour, Feb 18, 2017.

FROM YABBY LAKE VINEYARD   (AUSTRALIA)

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Reply by Stephen Harvey, Feb 19, 2017.

The top producers are very good

Margaret River  - bottom South West Corner of Western Australia

  • Leeuwin Estate Art Series and Prelude
  • Pierro
  • Voyager Estate

Beechworth  - Northern Victoria

  • Giaconda - generally regarded as our no1, and is certainly excellent

Mornington [Southeast of Melbounre and Yarra Valley [Northeast of Melbourne]

\Lots of producers have vineyards in both locations the ones above are excellent, throw in

  • Main Ridge - Mornington
  • Tarrawarra  - Yarra Valley
  • Yarra Yering

Adelaide Hills

  • Shaw and Smith M3
  • Bird in Hand Net Egg

Tasmania

  • Freycinet [no relation to Spanish bubbly giant]

These are ones we drink regularly and enjoy - happy to expand or advise if anyone so desires

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Reply by amour, Feb 20, 2017.

The 2014 M3 Chardonnay SHAW & SMITH is really good!

Quite racy! I guess that has to do with the cooler climate of the ADELAIDE HILLS. 

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Reply by amour, Feb 20, 2017.

I should also mention the 2015 RED CLAW MORNINGTON PENINSULAR CHARDONNAY from YABBY LAKE.  It cost 18 pounds in London, England.

Southeastern Melbourne really does produce finesse....such soft, delicate, fresh, subtly citrusy offerings!

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Reply by Stephen Harvey, Feb 20, 2017.

Amour

Adelaide Hills has made significant advances in the quality of all its wine over the last 5-10 years.  Much has got to do with maturing site and clone selection.

The weather gods also play a greater than normal part as the hills do have quite volatile weather and it can rain in the hills but be dry and warm on the plains

The great part is for me is that I can drive to the Hills in 15- 20 minutes from Home.

Shaw and Smith is only 20 mins and they do a great wine and cheese tasting platter 5 wines and 5 cheeses to match

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Reply by amour, Feb 21, 2017.

YOU HAVE IT, dear STEPHEN HARVEY!

Let us know about those cheeses and the matching wines!

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Reply by amour, Feb 21, 2017.

Aussie chardonnay winemakers are also not using as much new oak as previously.

One gets good, cheap Aussie chardonnay in London!

The 2015 FINEST LIMESTONE COAST is going at 6 pounds!

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Reply by Stephen Harvey, Feb 21, 2017.

Amour

They support the local Adelaide Hills CHeese makers

You have now tasked me to go and revisit their tasting in the coming weekends

Just need to get Favourite Daughters 21st out of the way on Saturday

Also can you post a picture of the Limestone Coast CHardonnay - I think it maybe an export only label but it maybe one I have missed

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Reply by amour, Feb 21, 2017.

Ok....it was bought at Tesco, London.    It must be specially prepared for TESCO, England!

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Reply by Stephen Harvey, Feb 22, 2017.

I will see if I can find out more - probably from Accolade or Australian Vintage

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Reply by amour, Feb 24, 2017.

STEPEN HARVEY....my cousin's husband's brother lives 'near you'.......somewhere in ADELAIDE near THE HILLS!!!

My cousin Amy said that they went wine and cheese tasting in THE HILLS...spent 10 days in Adelaide and LOVE AUSSIE WINES AND CHEESES VERY MUCH!!!!!

So next time I will try for a connection!

Will keep you posted.....not sure if it was SHAW & SMITH that they went to...will ask....

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Reply by Stephen Harvey, Feb 26, 2017.

Look forward to finding more about them

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Reply by amour, Feb 27, 2017.

CHEERS STEPHEN HARVEY!
Do you ever drink NZ Wines?

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Reply by Stephen Harvey, Feb 27, 2017.

Yes a little

Mainly Central Otago and Martinborough Pinots

Hawkes Bay has a unique bit of dirt known as Gimlett Gravels which makes some very unique and delicious Shiraz, very different to ours and in very small quantities

They also produce some good chardonnay

I have toured Marlborough twice as part of my work for Pernod and it is a quite beautiful region to visit

They do actually make some excellent top end Sav Blanc in the Sancere and Fume Styles with some oak treatment but sadly only small quantities - IMHO too much focus on high volume commercial Sav Blanc which is almost tasting like dish water that has had capsicums soaking in it

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Reply by amour, Feb 27, 2017.

HAHA!!!

THANKS FOR TIPS...from THE HORSES MOUTHS SO TO SPEAK!!!

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Reply by rckr1951, Feb 27, 2017.

STEPHEN -  "IMHO too much focus on high volume commercial Sav Blanc which is almost tasting like dish water that has had capsicums soaking in it." , I agree with this - there were times when I thought the wine was angry at me.

Giesen and Kono are two of my favorites just because they have an elegance to them.  Until WS started talking about them there weren't a lot people that even new about them - especially the Kono.

I'm also glad you mentioned the "Gimlett Gravels" area of Hawkes Bay.  I've been drinking their wines for 7-8 years now I do like their Shiraz - though I've had labeled Syrah.

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Reply by Stephen Harvey, Feb 27, 2017.

RCKR - Shiraz/Syrah I tend to default to the Aussie term but yes I think they label most Syrah - marketing reasons I suspect

Giessen make some interesting top end wines but their standard commercial SB is one clearly in the dishwater + capsicum class

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Reply by amour, Feb 27, 2017.

YES...for US exporting...was about to say...

 

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