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Buckeley's Chardonnay 2004

Chardonnay from Australia
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    Winemaker Notes

    Padthaway is rapidly gaining a reputation as a premium Chardonnay region, due to its ability to fully ripen the grapes to show exotic tropical flavors of melon and peach, overlaying citrus/marmalade overtones. Combined with this is a definite elegance to the styles due to the mild climate. The coastal Fleurieu region produces slightly leaner styles showing strong citrus characters. The resultant blend is ideal with the various flavors complimenting each other well to produce a wine of great complexity.

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    Buckeley's, Australia
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    Buckeley's is one of Australia's newer wineries. But it's already made a strong impression on American wine drinkers. That's because Buckeley's wines invariably display fresh, vibrant fruit character and are always true to the grape variety. The goal at Buckeley's is to provide affordable, consistently high quality wines year in, year out. To achieve that goal, we actively work with Rob Dundon, Buckeley's winemaker, to create balanced, accessible wines that have richness and depth without being heavy or over-oaked.

    Rob Dundon brings more than 25 years of winemaking experience to Buckeley's. During his distinguished career, Rob has accumulated over 1,000 medals for his wines. Some 15 years ago, Rob left the world of "corporate" winemaking to create his own vision of what a winery could be. He then bought the historic Horndale Winery outside Adelaide and installed state-of-the-art winemaking equipment, paying careful attention to retaining the character of the original winery. The Buckeley's brand was created in 1997. It's named after an Australian folk hero, William Buckeley, who renounced western ways and lived for more than three decades on whatever the land had to offer.

    Australia

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    A large, climatically diverse country producing just about every wine style imaginable, Australia is not just a source of blockbuster Shiraz or inexpensive wine with cute labels, though both can certainly be found here. Australia has a grand winemaking history and some of the oldest vines on the planet, along with a huge range of landscapes and climates; it is impossible to make generalizations about Australian wine. Most regions are concentrated in the south of the country with those inland experiencing warm, dry weather, and those in more coastal areas receiving humid and tropical, or maritime weather patterns. Australia has for several decades been at the forefront of winemaking technology and has widely adopted the use of screwcaps, even for some premium and ultra-premium bottles.

    Shiraz is indeed Australia’s most celebrated and widely planted variety, typically producing bold, supple reds with sweet, jammy fruit and performing best in the Barossa and Hunter Valleys. Cabernet Sauvignon is often blended with Shiraz, and also shines on its own particularly in Coonawarra and Margaret River. Grenache and Mourvèdre (often locally referred to as Mataro) are also popular, both on their own and alongside Shiraz in Rhône blends. Chardonnay is common throughout the country and made in a wide range of styles. Sauvignon Blanc has recently surged in popularity to compete with New Zealand’s distinctive version, and Semillon is often utilized as its blending partner, or in the Hunter Valley, on its own to make complex, age-worthy whites. Riesling thrives in the cool-climate Clare and Eden Valleys. Sticky-sweet fortified wine Rutherglen Muscat is a beloved regional specialty of Victoria. Thanks to the country’s relatively agreeable climate throughout and the openness of its people, experimentation is common and ongoing, and there are a vast array of intriguing varieties to be found.

    Chardonnay

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    One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. While practically every country in the wine producing world grows it, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. As far as cellar potential, white Burgundy rivals the world’s other age-worthy whites like Riesling or botrytized Semillon. California is Chardonnay’s second most important home, where both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines enjoy great popularity. Oregon, Australia and South America are also significant producers of Chardonnay.

    In the Glass

    When planted on cool sites, Chardonnay flavors tend towards grapefruit, lemon zest, green apple, celery leaf and wet flint, while warmer locations coax out richer, more tropical flavors of melon, peach and pineapple. Oak can add notes of vanilla, coconut and spice, while malolactic fermentation imparts a soft and creamy texture.

    Perfect Pairings

    Chardonnay is as versatile at the table as it is in the vineyard. The crisp, clean, Chablis-like styles go well with flaky white fish with herbs, scallops, turkey breast and soft cheeses. Richer Chardonnays marry well with lobster, crab, salmon, roasted chicken and creamy sauces.

    Sommelier Secret

    Since the 1990s, big, oaky, buttery Chardonnays from California have enjoyed explosive popularity. More recently, the pendulum has begun to swing in the opposite direction, towards a clean, crisp style that rarely utilizes new oak. In Burgundy, the subregion of Chablis, while typically employing the use of older oak barrels, produces a similar bright and acid-driven style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy its lighter style.

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