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Jacob’s Creek

Jacob’s Creek
2017 Classic, Chardonnay, Australia

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Chicken Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: Australia
Alcohol: 12.8% RS: <1%
89 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$8
Best Buy

Jacob’s Creek
2017 Classic, Chardonnay, Australia

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Chicken Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: Australia
Alcohol: 12.8% RS: <1%
Bright golden straw color. Toasty aromas of buttered nuts and toasted croissant with apricot preserve with a round, bright, fruity medium body and a warming, appealing, medium-length juicy pear, crushed pineapple, walnut loaf, and cantaloupe finish with soft tannins and moderate oak flavor. A complex and pleasing chardonnay with toasty baked flavors.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Oaky
Aroma Aroma: buttered nuts and toasted croissant with apricot preserve
Taste Flavor: juicy pear, crushed pineapple, walnut loaf, and cantaloupe
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Cremont, Roasted Chicken, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A complex and pleasing chardonnay with toasty baked flavors.

The Producer or Importer

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The Producer or  Importer
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Chardonnay

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Serve in a White Wine Glass
Chardonnay is arguably the world’s most famous white variety, thanks to its success in France’s Burgundy region as well as throughout much of California. Chardonnay on its own has rather straightforward, pleasant aromas of apple and pear, but when aged (and sometimes fermented) in small oak barrels, the wines take on extra richness as well as notes of toasted almond, vanilla and yeast.

The most renowned examples of Chardonnay are from small villages and vineyards in Burgundy, such as Chassagne-Montrachet, Puligny-Montrachet and Meursault. These wines are very powerful with ample spicy notes and very good acidity; they age very well, sometimes as long as 20-25 years. Another part of Burgundy, Chablis, is home to more restrained style of Chardonnay. Certain areas of California, especially Russian River Valley in Sonoma and Santa Barbara County are also home to many distinguished examples of Chardonnay, with those from the latter region often displaying tropical fruit flavors.

Given that most Chardonnnays are aged in small oak barrels, there has been a movement as of late to give consumers a mored delicate style of Chardonnay, without all the spicy and toasty flavors. Thus there are now many producers that produce non-oak aged Chardonnays; this has been seen from many producers from Australia as well as a few in California as well.

Chardonnay, especially oak-aged versions, are quite rich and need seafood of equal richness at the dinner table. Thus lobster, halibut and swordfish are ideal food pairings.