A recent article in the UK Telegraph had us chuckling. In an amusing examination of why Australian Chardonnay is back in fashion, they compared older style biggger and “buxom” Chardonnays to Dolly Parton, while suggesting that the newer, tighter and leaner styles that are currently on the market were more like Nicole Kidman.
Which leaves Keith Urban where exactly? (Between a couple of rocks and a hard place? Sorry, couldn’t resist.)
But I digress.
Chardonnay has definitely undergone an evolution – even a revolution – in recent years. And it’s not before time. Only mere months ago we were still sneering at ‘Cardonnay’ thanks to those horn bags Kath and Kim.
The new Australian Chardonnays hitting your glass are fresher, full of zing and without the need to chug a glass of water between sips . If you’ve been part of the ABC (anything but chardonnay) club for a while now, it’s high time you gave it another whirl.
Here’s three that should bring you around:
- Spring Seed Wine Company Four O’Clock Chardonnay 2011
- Montalto Chardonnay 2010
- Are you Game? 2011 Chardonnay
The comparison The Telegraph made with chardonnay and actresses got us thinking. Where else can we use the entertainment fraternity to describe a particular style of wine that’s changed over the years?
Let’s have a go shall we? What do you think of….
Pinot Noir – Early Australian Pinot Noirs were pale, watery and unsatisfying (heck, some are sadly still like that and people like them that way. Each to their own!). Today, though, the best Pinot’s coming out of our cooler climate regions are complex, smokey and seductive.
Riesling – Remember those gaudy coloured boxes of Riesling? Sweet and tooth cloyingly saccharine. Now Rieslings are being produced that are so far removed from those early days that it’s hard to believe they’re made in the same country with the same grape. Today’s new Rieslings are not only bone dry but also offer the full triple threat; crisp, minerally and interesting.
Got any other suggestions you’d like to throw at us? We’d love to hear it!