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Weingut Rücker 2011 Chardonnay, Niederösterreich

Weingut Rücker
2011 Chardonnay, Niederösterreich

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish Turkey

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted: 9/17/2012
Country: Austria
Alcohol: 14.5%
94 Points
Gold Medal
"Best Austrian Chardonnay"
Aromas of honeyed toasted nuts and muffins and dried pineapples with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium body and a spicy apple pie and lemon custard finish. Very well balanced, refreshing and tasty. Pair with roasted chicken and turkey.
Tasting Info
WINE Glass Style: Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: honeyed toasted nuts and muffins and dried pineapples
Taste Flavor: spicy apple pie and lemon custard
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Enjoy on its own
Pairing Pairing: Turkey, Roasted Chicken, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: Pair with roasted chicken and turkey.
Additional Information

Österreich Wein Marketing GmbH

Additional Information
Prinz Eugen Straße 34,Tur
Vienna, 1040
43 --1-503-92-67-0
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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.

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