Full Review

The Champion

The Champion
NV Il Campione, Chardonnay, South-Eastern Australia

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Pasta Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: Australia
Alcohol: 13.5%
84 Points
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$12

The Champion
NV Il Campione, Chardonnay, South-Eastern Australia

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Pasta Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: Australia
Alcohol: 13.5%
Brilliant golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of dried apple and cedar bark with a satiny, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a silky, easy finish with touches of lemon custard, rubber leaf, green pineapple, and dark roasted nuts with fine, crunchy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A savory, tangy, wood accented chardonnay.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively, Juicy & Smooth, Quaffable & Savory
Aroma Aroma: dried apple and cedar bark
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with touches of lemon custard, rubber leaf, green pineapple, and dark roasted nuts
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Chicken Casserole, Pasta with Vodka Sauce, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A savory, tangy, wood accented chardonnay.

The Producer or Importer

Riboli Family Wine Estates

The Producer or  Importer
737 Lamar Street
Los Angeles, CA 90031
USA
1 323-330-8720

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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.