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Taste Chardonnay’s Three Best Styles On Its Day

Cheer International Chardonnay Day with three stellar and diverse turns of the world’s most loved white wine!
It’s International Chardonnay Day! Yes it is and we’re joining millions of oenophiles in raising our glasses to the world’s most planted white wine fruit that’s also marvelously versatile! And today, chardonnay fans all round are uncorking and unscrewing copious bottles of Chardonnay to celebrate the grape that turns out more styles than any other white wine. Chardonnay’s global vineyard footprint stretches beyond 160,000 hectares, dominating wine markets such as South Africa, America, Australia and New Zealand.

So while Chardonnay may have French provenance, tracing its origins to Burgundy and also dominating the iconic Champagne sparkling wine blend along with Pinot Noir,  this grape owns the world, conquering vineyards and winning palates on every continent! Chardonnay has the potential to make vigorously fruit forward wines as well as barrel aged, creamy styles. Chardonnay is still most at home in the French region of Burgundy, turning out wines of great balance and the rare capacity to barrel age beautifully.

Gifted with its special ability to adapt to almost any terroir, Chardonnay has rooted itself across the new world, crafting a number of different styles ranging from bone dry to vigorously fruity to oak matured opulence. And on Chardonnay’s day in the sun, we’re opening three exciting styles of Chardonnay, spanning old world charm and new world exuberance. Get intimately acquainted with Chardonnay through an immersive tasting three distinct wines from fascinating regions spanning the cool yet sunny Marlborough in New Zealand, the vast and warm Central Valley that is Chile’s beating heart of wine and Italy’ uniquely volcanic vineyard parcels in Mount Etna.

Dog Point, Chardonnay 2017
New Zealand’s wine makers have been rightly credited with re-inventing Chardonnay and Dog Point ranks high among them. This vintage new world style is farmed organically and deftly vinified. Marlborough cool climate and clay soils contrinute to this white’s notes of citrus and grapefruit complimented by nice minerality and capped with charming elegance
Passopisciaro Passobianco Etna 2017
Do you think its possible to make wine at the foot of an active volcano? Passopisciaro from Sicily definitely does and stuns with this straw gold Chardonnay, teeming with aromas of honey, apple and toasted almonds with a fascinating backbone of volcanic ash and sea salt – welcome to Mediterranean Chardonnay!
Apaltagua, Gran Verano, Chardonnay 2018
Proof that Chardonnay can grow and evolve in just about every continent, this value Chilean wine boasts intense, fruity aromas and flavours or peach, mango and pineapple. This unoaked, fruit forward Chardonnay stays on the palate longer than one might expect.