One of the world’s most famed white wines, Chardonnay in its various styles has been around in the local market since the 1980s – testament to its enduring popularity. We’re highlighting this variety, since it’s #InternationalChardonnayDay today!
You might be wondering what makes Chardonnay such an attractive variety? It might be its high quality, full-bodied texture and signature fruit flavours of citrus and stone fruit; its ability to express a wide range of styles from lean, sparkling Blanc de Blancs to rich, creamy wines aged in oak; or its magnificent food-friendliness. We reckon it’s the combination of all of these elements that creates a beautiful synergy that’s difficult to ignore.
At Nederburg, we source grapes for our lightly wooded Chardonnay that forms part of The Winemasters range, from a selection of some top-performing vineyards. Our cellar-master, Lizelle Gerber explains: “We used grapes wonderfully high in natural acid with vibrant and fresh flavours of citrus peel and lime which could stand up to wood and still retain their fruit integrity. This gave us the starting point to establish how we could introduce wood in a subtle and complementary way.”
In terms of flavour profile, this Chardonnay displays understated aromas of citrus, quince and stonefruit with a delicious tangy succulence and gentle creamy vanilla oak nuances from clever use of both new and older oak barrels.
Lizelle suggests keeping it simple and enjoying it with good ol’ freshly-baked bread (in its many forms). Need some recipe inspiration? Try these ones and let us know how it worked out!
- Easy homemade loaf by Yuppiechef
- Easy mealie bread with avocado oil by Crush Online
- Potbrood by Eat Out
- Pull-apart pizza roll by TASTEO
- Cheesy herb stuffed naan by Half Baked Harvest
- Vetkoek (various recipes) highlighted by Food24
Alternatively, if you want to dial it up a notch, try our Chardonnay with Camembert and Gruyėre cheeses, Thai dishes, creamy seafood and other dishes made with nuts, cream or butter.
Happy baking and pairing!