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Kirralaa Chardonnay 2003

Chardonnay from Australia
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    New Release! Upper Hunter Vally is not only the home of Rosemount Estate, but also the location of Rosemount's Roxburgh Vineyard. Its "Terra Rossa" soils are unique in the region and impart richness to our Kirralaa Chardonnay that becomes uniquely ours when blended with our bright, cool climate Chardonnay from Adelaide Hills, Clare Valley and Tumbarumba. Simply delicious.

    A joint venture between Robert Mondavi and Rosemout Estate, Kirralaa Chardonnay was blended by Tim Mondavi, Philip Shaw, and Ian Shepherd.

    "Our 2002 Chardonnay is made in a modern style with a focus on its delicious fruit. The Adelaide Hills Chardonnay offers attractive white peach and fig aromas, while the Hunter Valley Chardonnay lends great texture and intensity to the palate. Together, the different aspects of our blend produce a very focused, complex and enjoyable wine."
    -winemaker Ian Shepherd

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    Kirralaa

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    Kirralaa, Australia
    A partnership in winemaking between California's Robert Mondavi and Australia's Rosemount Estate, Kirralaa is one of the two labels produced by this joint venture. Adopting a rule that neither company was allowed to work in its own backyard, Kirralaa was made in Australia by the Mondavi team lead by winemaker Tim Mondavi.

    An Australian word for star, Kirralaa (wines) "break the status quo" in winemaking and display bold colors, stunning, rich flavors, and unmatched varietal complexity and refinement. Farmed in the finest regions of Australia: Coonawarra, Barossa Valley, and McLaren Vale.

    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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