Plantagenet Great Southern Chardonnay 2008
Chardonnay from Australia
A lovely array of lemon fruit flavours, quince and melon in harmony with the winemaking derived characters that have imparted a creamy, vanilla custard note with a dash almond meal. The bouquet evolves with time in the glass providing further interest. A supple, lithe palate with a fine core of acid running the length of the palate with loads of mouth filling winemaking flavours, adding extra dimension to the vibrant fruit notes. A harmonious wine with a clean finish and delicious lingering flavours.
The Wine Advocate - "It gives a complex, meaty / savory nose with notes of oatmeal, toast, cashew, ripe apricots and pineapple. The medium bodied palate offers great texture at a moderate level of alcohol (around 13.5%) and very crisp acidity cuts through the concentrated flavors lingering well into the long, layered finish. Approachable now, this Chardonnay has the capacity to develop and drink to 2016+."
Wine Spectator - "Bright and juicy, a lively mouthful of grapefruit, apple and spice aromas and flavors that lilt through the finish."
International Wine Cellar - "Light, bright yellow. Pungent herbs complement fresh quince and pear on the nose. Juicy orchard fruit flavors are braced by zesty minerality, turning riper and fleshier on the close. I really like this wine's uncompromising, sharply focused personality."
Australian Wine Companion - "Loaded with sweet nectarine fruit and a slight pine element; toasty and rich with a strong mineral component coming to the fore."
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The first vines were planted in 1968 at "Bouverie" Denbarker. These consisted of 4 1/2 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. Plantagenet Wines now has boosted the total acreage to 100, including Malbec, Riesling, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot. Plantagenet aims to make elegant, structured wines that have complexity, finesse and balance. View all Plantagenet Wines
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With a landmass the size of the US, Australia has just as many appellations. Many wines are simply labeled from their state of origin. Some of these are the most popular:
New South Wales- New South Wales has a variety of smaller wine growing regions. Many wines are a blend of these smaller appellations, leading to the more encompassing designation of New South Wales.
Western Australia– A small percentage of Australia’s winemaking occurs on the West Coast. The largest Australian state, Western Australia, includes the appellations Margaret River and Great Southern.
Southeastern Australia– This appellation encompasses the states of South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria. Grapes are often trucked in from at least 2 of these states for crushing and bottling, giving the wine a more general appellation of origin. This is the broadest appellation in Australia.
About AustraliaLike the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.