Chardonnay Kangarilla Road 2018
McLaren Vale/Adelaide Hills, 750 ml
The nose is initially characterised by the wood finish. Notes of hazelnuts, marzipan, butter, caramel and cinnamon dominate. Later, apple, ripe pineapple and apricot appear along with a hint of flint. Contrary to expectations, this Chardonnay surprises on the palate with its fresh, tangy, crisp character. In the long-lasting, pronounced taste, the use of oak is perfectly integrated.
|Origin:||Australien / South Australia / Adelaide Hills|
|Ripening potential:||1 to 5 years|
|Serving temperature:||10 to 12 °C|
|Food pairing suggestion:||Apéro riche, Grilled fish, Succulent chicken breast with cream sauc, Coquilles Saint Jacques on lentils, Giant crevettes, grilled langoustines, Mushroom ragout|
|Vinification:||fermentation in wooden barrel, fermentation in steel tank, soft pressing|
|Maturation:||on the yeast, bâtonnage, partly in steel tank, partly in barrique/ Pièces|
Kangarilla Road / Helen u. Kevin O'Brien
King or beggar?
Hardly any variety of vine shows such a broad spectrum of quality as the Chardonnay. Its wines range from faceless neutrality to breath-taking class. It is an extremely low-maintenance vine, which explains why it is grown around the world – even in places where it probably should not be. The aromas of the Chardonnay variety are not very pronounced: a bit of green apple, a little hazelnut; in warmer latitudes, also melon and exotic fruits. The wines are often defined by maturing in casks. They develop more or less subtle notes of butter, toasted bread and vanilla. The grapes achieve their highest expression in their region of origin, Burgundy. Its heart beats in the Côte de Beaune: one might think of the plant growth of Meursault or Puligny-Montrachet. With their finesse and complexity, they can survive for decades. Chardonnay also achieves first class in some Blanc-de-Blancs champagnes. It additionally yields great wines in the Burgundian Chablis, and increasingly in Australia and Chile. A simple rule of thumb for pairing with food: When butter and cream are involved, you cannot go wrong with Chardonnay.
Adelaide Hills: Idyllic wine hill country
The gently rolling Adelaide Hills are just 20 minutes by car from the center of the city that bears the same name. The cultivation area is located between the Eden Valley to the north and McLaren Vale to the south. The favorable elevation produces exceptionally fresh, fruity wines with good structure. White varieties predominate. Only few grape farmers in the region bottle themselves, but increasing demand for wholesome wines means the area is experiencing an upswing.
South Australia: Shiraz as a driving force
South Australia, with the Barossa Valley as the most well-known cultivation area and the city of Adelaide as a wine metropolis, is without a doubt the centre of the Australian wine economy. The wines produced here have brought the Shiraz from “down under” worldwide recognition. They are fully concentrated wines with dark-berried cassis fruit and masterfully supportive oak wood spices. But Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Riesling play more than just a supporting role.
Australia – A rapid rise to the international elite.
Australia, separated from the other continents by oceans for roughly 50 million years, has almost two hundred years of viticulture history. For a long time, Australians pressed their wines for their own use, with simple, undemanding vines. But later the country began to specialize in classic, European varieties. And with great success –Australian wines today enjoy great prestige and are consumed worldwide..