Friday, May 7, 2010

Wine Review: 2008 Shingleback Chardonnay

This Australian chardonnay is a nice departure from the over oaked and extremely buttery chardonnays that have been coming out of California lately. Shingleback was founded by two bothers in the McLaren Vale region and now they are producing several award winning wines.

The 2008 Chardonnay has a light straw color with aromas of citrus and melon. On the palate you will find hints of pear, lemon and peach. There is a slight mineral taste but nothing overbearing. It was aged for 4 months in French oak, which provides a touch of oak but nothing like the oak bombs that I have tasted recently. This chardonnay is very smooth and creamy but not buttery. It was a refreshing change from some of the over oaked and double churned buttery chardonnays that seem to be dominating the market today. Perfect for these warm spring and summer evenings coming up!


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