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Wakefield

Wakefield
2021 Promised Land, Chardonnay, South Australia

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish Turkey

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: Australia
Alcohol: 13.5%
91 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$13
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Wakefield
2021 Promised Land, Chardonnay, South Australia

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish Turkey

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: Australia
Alcohol: 13.5%
Clear golden straw color. Aromas of green apple, dried grass, and lemon skin with a soft, dry medium body and a tingling, long banana taffy and ginger peach tea finish with fine tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A straightforward and crisp single varietal with balance.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: New World
Aroma Aroma: green apple, dried grass, and lemon skin
Taste Flavor: banana taffy and ginger peach tea
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: Now Enjoy on its own
Recipes Pairing: Turkey, Roasted Chicken, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A straightforward and crisp single varietal with balance.

The Producer or Importer

Brown-Forman Beverages

The Producer or  Importer
P O Box 1080 / 850 Dixie Hwy.
Louisville, KY 40210
USA
1 502-585-1100

Their Portfolio

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.