Chardonnay - Origin of the grape variety
The grape variety Chardonnay is nowadays considered one of the most famous white wine grape varieties in the world. Through its long history, Chardonnay has made a name for itself and is sought after all over the world. Originally, the grape variety comes from Burgundy in France. The first written mentions date back to 1583. Worldwide, Chardonnay is planted on over 200,000 hectares of vineyards, 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 grape variety Chardonnay can be grown in different ways.
Chardonnays aged in steel tanks are fresh and fruity. Typical Chardonnay aromas here are citrus, melon and apple. With aging and storage in oak barrels, Chardonnay shows notes of vanilla, caramel and hazelnut. These aromas are what make Chardonnay so special. In general, Chardonnay also has less acidity than other white wine grape varieties. For this reason, the grape variety is very popular among white wine drinkers.
The trend 'Anything but Chardonnay' initiated the turnaround from lush to fresh Chardonnays in the early 1990s. Today, the majority tends towards fresh Chardonnays with aging in steel tanks.
Chardonnay from South Africa
The Chardonnay wines from South Africa have a very wide range of flavors. Many Chardonnay vines are grown on soils rich in limestone. This gives the grape variety a very mineral characteristic.
Another characteristic of Chardonnay wines from South Africa is the maritime climate, as well as the high number of sunshine hours. Most Chardonnays from South Africa stand out in comparison to white wines from Europe due to a relatively high alcohol content of at least 13%.
Due to its long history, Chardonnay is not only well-known but also very popular in South Africa.
Chardonnay - Order Online in the store
The Kleine Zalze Chardonnay or the Chardonnay from the winery Meerlust belong to the classics from South Africa. Also unusual Chardonnays like the one Mercator from the winery Môreson are also very popular with South Africa lovers.
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