Hope Mountain Wash Chardonnay 2014
This medium-bodied Chardonnay will complement most chicken, pasta and veal dishes. As long as the food is not too spicy or generally overpowering, it will provide a good match.
Hope Estate is perfectly located in the heart of Hunter Valley wine country - less than 2 hours drive north of Sydney. Award-winning craft beer, Estate-grown wine and home to the biggest concerts going around. The Estate is also home to Australia’s largest purpose-built outdoor concert amphitheater that hosts an array of legendary international performers each concert season. Hope Estate is dedicated to making sensational wines, we are firm believers in estate-grown varietal wines.
Most admired for citrus-driven, mineral-rich and often age-worthy Semillon wines, Hunter Valley is one of Australia’s oldest wine regions and was home to its very first commercial vineyards. The region’s warm summer nights coupled with autumn cloud cover and cool sea breezes allow full ripening and healthy acidity levels for Semillon; its diverse soils of volcanic basalt and white alluvial sands promote the development of Semillon’s delicate aromas. Hunter Valley Semillons can certainly be enjoyed in their youth but with 10 to 20 years in the cellar, the best examples develop intriguing notes of honey, browned butter and roasted nuts.
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 it tends to flourish in most environments, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. California produces both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines. Somm Secret—The Burgundian subregion of Chablis, while typically using older oak barrels, produces a bright style similar to the unoaked style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy Chablis.