Buttery Chardonnay, Anyone?
By Campbell Mattinson
25 September, 2015
The quality of Aussie Chardonnay has gone through the roof in recent years but not everyone is happy.
The problem is that the style of Aussie Chardonnay has changed. It used to be all shapely, now it’s all sophisticated. As a variety it’s been on a diet. Now a great percentage of Australia’s best Chardonnays are lean and leggy, like catwalk models. They’re complex and beguiling but the curves are gone. Many of the best examples now are severe, like blades. You can take these modern Chardonnays and have sword fights with them. It’s a wonderful thing, all this shimmering white. Unless you like the way Chardonnay used to be. Or more accurately: unless you want some love handles to hold onto.
We’re not talking quality here; we’re talking style. We’re talking Chardonnay that is big and bold enough to stand rich-flavoured food. Or, indeed, Chardonnay that is a little meal in itself, and is just as comfortable being consumed by itself, on the couch, rather than at the dinner table. But it still has to be good.
This is why retailers and restaurants everywhere will tell you that “buttery Chardonnay” is still in high demand. It’s why Evans & Tate “Butterball” Chardonnay has been a smash hit. It’s why Devil’s Lair recently released a new Chardonnay called “Honeybomb”. Buttery often now translates as “toasty” or “nutty” but the thing is, these wines are meant to flavoursome. They lay it on.
So if you’re looking for Chardonnay with flavour – download the Wineosphere app for free to access full reviews of:
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Domaine Astruc Reserve Chardonnay 2014 ($16)
Montalto Pennon Chardonnay 2013 ($24)
Leeuwin Estate Prelude Vineyards Chardonnay 2013 ($33)
Scarborough Yellow Label Chardonnay 2013 ($26)
Evans & Tate Metricup Chardonnay 2013 ($19)
Handpicked Highbow Hill Chardonnay 2014 ($60)
Nature’s Harvest Chardonnay 2014 ($12)
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