Chardonnay - origin of the grape variety
The Chardonnay grape variety is now considered one of the most well-known white wine grape varieties in the world. Thanks to its long history, Chardonnay has made a name for itself and is in demand all over the world. The grape variety originally comes from Burgundy in France. The first written mentions date back to 1583. Chardonnay is planted on over 200,000 hectares of vineyards worldwide, making it one of the most widely cultivated grape varieties in the world.
Chardonnay wines - smell and taste
Chardonnay is often produced as a purebred grape variety. However, the Chardonnay grape variety can be grown in a variety of ways.
Chardonnays aged in steel tanks are fresh and fruity. Typical Chardonnay aromas here are citrus, melon and apple. With the expansion and storage in oak barrels, Chardonnay shows notes of vanilla, caramel and hazelnut. These aromas make the Chardonnay grape variety so special. In general, Chardonnay also has less acidity than other white wine grape varieties. For this reason, the grape variety is very popular with white wine drinkers.
The 'Anything but Chardonnay' trend ushered in the turnaround from rich to fresh Chardonnays in the early 1990s. The majority today tends towards fresh Chardonnays aged in steel tanks.
Chardonnay from South Africa
The Chardonnay wines from South Africa have a very wide range of aromas. Many Chardonnay vines are grown on calcareous soils. This gives the grape variety a very mineral characteristic.
Another special feature of the Chardonnay wines from South Africa is that maritime climate and the high number of hours of sunshine. Compared to white wines from Europe, most Chardonnays from South Africa stand out due to their relatively high alcohol content of at least 13%.
Due to its long history, Chardonnay is not only well known in South Africa but also very popular.
Chardonnay - Order online in the shop
The Kleine Zalze Chardonnay or the Chardonnay from the winery Meerlust are among the classics from South Africa. Also fancy Chardonnays like that Mercator from the Winery Môreson are very popular with South African lovers.
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