R Wines Darby and Joan Chardonnay 2008
Chardonnay from South Australia, Australia
A dry start to the year with a brief warm period over Christmas, followed by moderate temperatures over January and February. The vines while reduced in yield from the dry conditions were able to maintain good even ripening and natural acid balance throughout the growing season.
The wine has a light straw color. The aroma displays lifted melon characters with subtle hints of passionfruit and oak complexity. A rich wine on the palate, it balances both textural mouthfeel with clean acid finish.
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com - "Pale yellow hue. Complex scents of pineapple, mineral and lemon. Clean flavors of white peach and grapefruit. Hints of acacia in the crisp, mineral-driven close. "
R Wines Winery
Based in Australia, R Wines produces wine from vineyards all over Australia including Riesling from Western Australia, Pinot Noir from Victoria, Shiraz from McLaren Vale and the Barossa just to name a few. R Wines was founded in 2005 by partners Dan Philips, and Chris Ringland. Chris is one of world's leading and most gifted winemakers. He leads teams of winemakers and viticulturalists managing vineyards Australia wide. R Wines that make it to the shelf are not merely sound and well-made, but are stylish, compelling, hand-crafted and peerlessly delicious. We believe that what goes on the bottle is as important as what goes in the bottle and work with world-class designers to create innovative, loud, brilliant labels that speak to consumers in ways unique to the wine world. The best Grenache in the world is in Australia. The Chateau Chateau project is a study of the effects of soil and place. Five icon vineyards and one blend with distinct expressions, soils and locations in the Barossa and McLaren Vale. There is no illusion, this project includes the world's best Grenache. View all R Wines Wines
About South AustraliaMcLaren Vale, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley, South Australia produces some of the finest red wines of the country, and some say in the world. White wines gain their reputation from the distinctive Rieslings of Clare Valley and Eden Valley.
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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5 ratings, 3 with reviewsScott Carmichael - Summerville, SC44/3/2010A very rich but smooth wine that is great with finger foods or by itself. A great pleasure to drink.HankRearden - Mandeville, LA44/23/2010Mild citrus. Dry, but not as dry as the French Burgundy wines (my favorites). Can't beat the price, and love the screwcap.Lynn Looby - Newtown Square, PA39/23/2010Jay Titgen - Waxhaw, NC33/23/2011Andreas Wiersbitzky - Malvern, PA57/27/2010This is one great summer white. Classic chardonnay flavor, crisp yet smooth at the same time. Very refreshing.
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.
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