Lerida Estate Chardonnay 2012
This deliciously fresh and vibrant Chardy hails from the Canberra Wine Region, and if more of the locals drank it then Australian federal politics would be a decidedly friendlier workplace.
If you’re new to Canberra region Chardonnay, then this is a brilliant one to start with. And if you’re already well acquainted with wines from the area, then start getting excited right now. The Lerida Estate Chardonnay 2012 has loads of luscious stone fruit and pink grapefruit on the palate and an elegance and minerality only found in cool climate Chardonnays. But because they’ve also barrel fermented it for 12 months in French oak (10% new), theres a wonderful structure and mouthfeel that leaves you one very satisfied little Chardy drinker.
Don’t read that incorrectly. Just because they’ve used oak doesn’t mean there’s a big whack of wood forest in your wine. Just a very delicate and refined addition to the overall flavour which is very well balanced with all that fruit. And for the price, it’s a really lovely buy that can really jazz up a mid-week meal.
When drinking this wine there was one turn of phrase that just kept coming to mind: It’s the Ginger Rogers to your Fred Astaire chicken dinner. Adding another level of class and sophistication you otherwise wouldn’t see. And that’s exactly what a great Chardonnay should do!
Chicken ala whateveryoulike. Just make it chicken. It’s absolutely the perfect match for this well balanced Chardy.