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Seaview Chardonnay 1997

Chardonnay from McLaren Vale, Australia
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Winemaker Notes

The bouquet shows rich, ripe melon and peach regional Chardonnay fruit complexed by butterscotch malolactic fermentation and barrel ferment characters, with a yeast lees background. The wine is rich and full bodied with soft creamy varietal flavours, enhanced by a slight oak complexity and soft acidity on the finish.

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Seaview

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Seaview, McLaren Vale, Australia
In 1951, F.H.Edwards and W.B.Chaffey introduced Seaview Cabernet Sauvignon which had the distinction of being one of Australia's first varietally-labelled table wines. Exemplifying the generous flavours associated with McLaren Vale, Seaview Cabernet Sauvignon quickly earned a reputation for quality, consistency and value-for-money. Through a combination of hard work and courage, F.H.Edwards and W.B.Chaffey built up the region's reputation and, in doing so, paved the way for the expansion that would take place in McLaren Vale over the following years. Seaview has continued to produce a range of wonderfully full-bodied reds as well as distinctive, intensely-flavoured white wines.

McLaren Vale

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Known for opulent red wines with intense power and concentration, McLaren Vale is home to perhaps the most “classic” style of Australian Shiraz. Vinified on its own or in Rhône blends with Grenache and Mourvèdre, these hot-climate wines are deeply colored and high in extract and alcohol with signature hints of dark chocolate and licorice. Cabernet Sauvignon is also produced in a similar style. Whites, often made from Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc tend to be opulent and full of tropical, stone and citrus fruit.

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’s grown and how it’s made. In Burgundy, Chardonnay produces some of the finest white wines in the world, typically tending towards minimal intervention in the winery and at its best resulting in remarkable longevity. This grape is popular throughout the world, but perhaps its second most important home is in California, where both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines enjoy great popularity. Oregon, Australia, South America, South Africa, and New Zealand are also significant producers of Chardonnay.

In the Glass

When planted on cool sites, Chardonnay’s flavors tend towards grapefruit, green apple, minerals, and white stone fruit, while warmer locations coax out richer, more tropical flavors of fig, melon, and pineapple. Oak can add notes of vanilla, coconut, and spice (as well as texture), while malolactic fermentation can impart soft, buttery acidity.

Perfect Pairings

Chardonnay is as versatile at the table as it is in the vineyard. The crisp, clean, Chablis-like styles go well with simple seafood, light chicken dishes, and salads. Richer Chardonnays marry well with cream or oil-based 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. These Old-World style wines have been dubbed the “New California Chardonnays,” and anyone who claims they do not like Chardonnay should give them a try.

NDV435494_1997 Item# 1857