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Wakefield/Taylors

Wakefield/Taylors
2019 Chardonnay, Padthaway

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish Turkey

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: Australia
Alcohol: 13.5%
89 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$20
'2020 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 White Wine $20 and Under'

Wakefield/Taylors
2019 Chardonnay, Padthaway

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish Turkey

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: Australia
Alcohol: 13.5%
Bright yellow straw green color. Aromas and flavors of ripe pineapple, butter-poached bananas, toasted pound cake, and hints of allspice with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, medium-length finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A juicy, fruity Chardonnay with lots of tropical appeal.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity & Juicy & Smooth
Aroma Aroma: ripe pineapple, butter-poached bananas, toasted pound cake, and hints of allspice
Taste Flavor: ripe pineapple, butter-poached bananas, toasted pound cake, and hints of allspice
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Turkey, Roasted Chicken, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A juicy, fruity Chardonnay with lots of tropical appeal.

The Producer

Wakefield Taylors Wines

The Producer
89A Winery Road
Auburn, South Australia 5451
Australia
61 08-8849 1111

Their Portfolio

89 Jaraman 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $22.00.
89 Jaraman 2018 Grenache, McLaren Vale 14.5% (Australia) $22.00.
89 Jaraman 2018 Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley 13% (Australia) $22.00.
85 St. Andrews 2018 Riesling, Clare Valley 12% (Australia) $35.00.
93 Taylor Made 2016 Malbec, Clare Valley 13.5% (Australia) $22.00.
90 Taylor Made 2017 Rosé, Pinot Noir, Adelaide Hills 13% (Australia) $22.00.
91 Taylor Made 2016 Malbec, Clare Valley 13.5% (Australia) $22.00.
86 Taylor Made 2017 Rosé, Pinot Noir, Adelaide Hills 13% (Australia) $25.00.
92 Taylor Made 2017 Malbec, Clare Valley 13.5% (Australia) $25.00.
93 Taylor Made 2018 Wild Ferment, Pinot Noir, Adelaide Hills 14% (Australia) $25.00.
93 Taylor Made 2017 BDX Red Blend, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $25.00.
86 Taylors Winemakers Project 2017 Cellar Door Exclusive, Fiano, Clare Valley 13.5% (Australia) $22.00.
85 Taylors Winemakers Project 2016 Pinot Noir, Tasmania 14% (Australia) $32.00.
92 Wakefield/Taylors 2015 Jaraman, Shiraz, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $22.99.
89 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 Jaraman, Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley 13.5% (Australia) $22.99.
91 Wakefield/Taylors 2015 Reserve Parcel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $22.00.
91 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 Shiraz, Clare Valley 14% (Australia) $18.00.
93 Wakefield/Taylors 2015 Jaraman, Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley-Coonawarra 14.5% (Australia) $22.00.
93 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley 14% (Australia) $18.00.
BR Wakefield/Taylors 2016 Jaraman, Chardonnay, Adelaide Hills-Clare Valley 14% (Australia) $22.00. - Bronze Medal
88 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 Reserve Parcel, Shiraz, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $22.00.
90 Wakefield/Taylors 2015 St Andrews, Shiraz, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $50.00.
92 Wakefield/Taylors 2015 St Andrews, Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $50.00.
88 Wakefield/Taylors 2017 Promised Land, Shiraz, South Australia 14% (Australia) $13.00.
89 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 One Giant Leap, Shiraz, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $24.00.
89 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 Special Release, Shiraz, Clare Valley 14% (Australia) $15.00.
93 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley 14% (Australia) $18.00.
89 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 Jaraman, Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley 13.5% (Australia) $22.00.
89 Wakefield/Taylors 2017 Tempranillo, McLaren Vale 13.5% (Australia) $18.00.
93 Wakefield/Taylors 2014 The Pioneer Exceptional Parcel Release, Shiraz, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $140.00.
90 Wakefield/Taylors 2017 Riesling, Clare Valley 12.5% (Australia) $18.00.
87 Wakefield/Taylors 2017 St Andrews, Riesling, Clare Valley 12.5% (Australia) $32.00.
93 Wakefield/Taylors 2015 St Andrews, Shiraz, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $50.00.
94 Wakefield/Taylors 2015 St Andrews, Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $50.00.
92 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 Reserve Parcel, Shiraz, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $22.00.
91 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 Jaraman, Shiraz, Clare Valley-McLaren Vale 14.5% (Australia) $22.00.
93 Wakefield/Taylors 2015 Jaraman, Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra-Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $22.00.
91 Wakefield/Taylors 2017 Rosé, Pinot Noir, Adelaide Hills 13% (Australia) $18.00.
88 Wakefield/Taylors 2017 Chardonnay, Clare Valley 13.5% (Australia) $19.00.
89 Wakefield/Taylors 2017 Shiraz, Clare Valley 14% (Australia) $19.00.
91 Wakefield/Taylors 2017 Merlot, Clare Valley 14% (Australia) $19.00.
87 Wakefield/Taylors 2017 Promised Land, Shiraz, South Australia 14% (Australia) $13.00.
93 Wakefield/Taylors 2015 Jaraman, Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra-Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $29.50.
89 Wakefield/Taylors 2017 Pinot Gris, Clare Valley-Adelaide Hills 13% (Australia) $19.00.
85 Wakefield/Taylors 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Adelaide Hills 13.5% (Australia) $19.00.
88 Wakefield/Taylors 2017 Promised Land, Chardonnay, South Australia 13% (Australia) $13.00.
87 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 Special Release, Shiraz, Clare Valley 14% (Australia) $14.99.
92 Wakefield/Taylors 2017 Reserve Parcel, Shiraz, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $25.00.
90 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 Promised Land , Shiraz-Cabernet, South Australia 14% (Australia) $13.00.
89 Wakefield/Taylors 2017 Shiraz, Clare Valley 14% (Australia) $20.99.
91 Wakefield/Taylors 2017 Merlot, Clare Valley 14% (Australia) $20.99.
87 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 Special Release, Shiraz, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $20.99.
92 Wakefield/Taylors 2017 Reserve Parcel, Shiraz, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $25.00.
88 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 St. Andrews, Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley 14% (Australia) $80.00.
92 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 St. Andrews, Shiraz, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $80.00.
91 Wakefield/Taylors 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley 14% (Australia) $20.99.
91 Wakefield/Taylors 2017 Jaraman, Shiraz, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $30.00.
93 Wakefield/Taylors 2017 St. Andrews, Riesling, Clare Valley 12.5% (Australia) $35.00.
90 Wakefield/Taylors 2017 St. Andrews, Chardonnay, Clare Valley 13% (Australia) $35.00.
89 Wakefield/Taylors 2017 Shiraz, Clare Valley 14% (Australia) $20.99.
91 Wakefield/Taylors 2017 Merlot, Clare Valley 14% (Australia) $20.99.
92 Wakefield/Taylors 2017 Reserve Parcel, Shiraz, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $25.00.
88 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 St. Andrews, Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley 14% (Australia) $80.00.
92 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 St. Andrews, Shiraz, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $80.00.
91 Wakefield/Taylors 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley 14% (Australia) $20.99.
91 Wakefield/Taylors 2017 Jaraman, Shiraz, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $30.00.
93 Wakefield/Taylors 2017 St. Andrews, Riesling, Clare Valley 12.5% (Australia) $35.00.
90 Wakefield/Taylors 2017 St. Andrews, Chardonnay, Clare Valley 13% (Australia) $35.00.
88 Wakefield/Taylors 2018 Rosé, Pinot Noir, Adelaide Hills 13% (Australia) $19.00.
91 Wakefield/Taylors 2017 Special Release, Shiraz, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $25.00.
88 Wakefield/Taylors 2018 Tempranillo, Clare Valley-McLaren Vale 14% (Australia) $19.00.
91 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 Jaraman, Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra-Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $30.00.
94 Wakefield/Taylors 2018 Reserve Parcel, Riesling, Clare Valley 12% (Australia) $25.00.
89 Wakefield/Taylors 2018 Promised Land, Semillon Sauvignon Blanc, South Australia 12.5% (Australia) $14.00.
90 Wakefield/Taylors 2019 Sauvignon Blanc 13.5% (Australia) $20.00.
88 Wakefield/Taylors 2018 Pinot Gris 12.5% (Australia) $20.00.
88 Wakefield/Taylors 2018 Rosé 12.5% (Australia) $20.00.
89 Wakefield/Taylors 2017 Promised Land, Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon, South Australia 14% (Australia) $14.00.
87 Wakefield/Taylors 2018 Chardonnay 13% (Australia) $20.00.
93 Wakefield/Taylors 2018 Tempranillo, Clare Valley/McLaren Vale 13.5% (Australia) $20.00.
90 Wakefield/Taylors 2018 Merlot 14% (Australia) $20.00.
91 Wakefield/Taylors 2018 Shiraz 14.5% (Australia) $20.00.
90 Wakefield/Taylors 2017 St. Andrews, Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley 14% (Australia) $50.00.
89 Wakefield/Taylors 2017 St. Andrews, Shiraz, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $50.00.
89 Wakefield/Taylors 2018 Jaraman, Shiraz, Clare Valley-McLaren Vale 14.5% (Australia) $22.00.
91 Wakefield/Taylors 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley 14% (Australia) $18.00.
90 Wakefield/Taylors 2018 Aldi Special Release, Shiraz, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $14.00.
BR Wakefield/Taylors 2019 Pinot Noir Rosé, Pinot Noir, Adelaide Hills 12.5% (Australia) $18.00. - Bronze Medal
89 Wakefield/Taylors 2019 The Hotelier, Shiraz, Wrattonbully South Australia 14.5% (Australia) $16.00.
90 Wakefield/Taylors 2018 Reserve Parcel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $22.00.
87 Wakefield/Taylors 2019 Reserve Parcel, Riesling, Clare Valley 12% (Australia) $22.00.
90 Wakefield/Taylors 2018 St. Andrews, Chardonnay, Clare Valley 13% (Australia) $32.00.
90 Wakefield/Taylors 2019 Rosé, Pinot Noir, Adelaide Hills 12.5% (Australia) $18.00.
90 Wakefield/Taylors 2020 Pinot Noir Rosé, Adelaide Hills 13% (Australia) $20.00.
90 Wakefield/Taylors 2019 Merlot, Clare Valley 14% (Australia) $20.00.
92 Wakefield/Taylors 2019 Riesling, Clare Valley 12.5% (Australia) $20.00.
89 Wakefield/Taylors 2019 Chardonnay, Padthaway 13.5% (Australia) $20.00.
85 Wakefield/Taylors 2018 Promised Land, Shiraz, South Australia 14% (Australia) $15.00.
90 Wakefield/Taylors 2018 Promised Land Shiraz Cabernet, South Australia 14.5% (Australia) $15.00.
92 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 The Pioneer, Shiraz, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $140.00.
89 Wakefield/Taylors 2016 The Visionary, Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $140.00.
88 Wakefield/Taylors 2018 St. Andrews, Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $50.00.
87 Wakefield/Taylors 2018 St. Andrews, Shiraz, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $50.00.

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.