Vinaceous Shakre Chardonnay 2015
As Australia is a huge landmass, not all varieties grow in one place, so the Vinaceous concept is to think very carefully about the variety or style of wine desired, and then to make the wines in the best-suited region. Vinaceous Wines also looks to the future with new and emerging varieties grown in Australia, such as Vermentino, Pinot Grigio, Malbec and Tempranillo, to complement the more traditional offering of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Shiraz, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Vinaceous labels and marketing reflect a philosophy of a travelling theatrical winemaking company. Each label represents one of nine personalities: men, women, angels, demons, mermaids, and other creatures of mythology, as a way of visually bringing this concept to life. Vinaceous champions single varietal wines (making only one red blend) from key maritime climates: Margaret River, Adelaide Hills, and McLaren Vale, the most noted wine regions of Australia. Some vineyards are Vinaceous-owned, while others are contracted, but all are subjected to the same standards across all aspects, from growing to harvest, winemaking to bottling. The Vinaceous philosophy on winemaking is simple: to produce the best varietal wines from the best vineyards, from the best regions in Australia.
Home to some of Australia’s most elegant and long-living red and white wines, Margaret River is situated in the farthest reaches of Western Australia. Relatively warm and dry, the region is cooled by breezes from the Indian Ocean. Margaret River takes some inspiration from Bordeaux, producing top-quality Cabernet Sauvignon with firm structure, mouthwatering acidity, balanced alcohol and notes of herbs and spice. Complex, age-worthy Chardonnays are another regional specialty. Also common here are refreshing blends of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, as well as earthy, aromatic Bordeaux red blends.
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.
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.
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.