I recently tasted the following selection of Chardonnay wines filled with character - crafted to be an ideal summer pairing with; bbq’d or roasted white meats, seasoned seafood and vegetarian cuisine. Here are a few brief words to describe my first impressions and the essence of each wine. All are ready to be shared and enjoyed over the summer months.
Mud House ‘Sub-Region’ Chardonnay 2015 + Matawhero Chardonnay 2015.
Jules Taylor Chardonnay 2016 + Bronte Chardonnay 2015.
plus the - Zephyr ‘Marlborough’ Chardonnay 2015.
Wine always tastes better when served from the right glass and at the ideal temperature.
Growing Region: Gisborne, New Zealand
Owners: Kirsten & Richard Searle
The team at Matawhero have been going from strength to strength over the past few years. Achieving success with consistent medals and accolades, along with gaining the respect and following of a large number of passionate wine enthusiasts across the country and even further afield. Chenin Blanc is one of the classic grape varieties of the world - though still slightly lost in translation here in New Zealand.
Pignolo (also called Pignul) is an Italian red wine grape varietal grown predominantly in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region of northeast Italy. The name related to the form, shape of the bunches, which are small and firm, reminiscent of a pine cone - which is ‘pigna’ in Italian.
It is an ancient grape varietal, currently believed to be originally from the Friuli wine region in Italy. Most experts believe that it is not related to the Lombardy ‘Pignola’ grape of the Valtellina region, but DNA research continues. Its presence in the region of Fruili was documented back in 1398, when Francesco from Carrara requested the Serenissima (the Maritime Republic of Venice) a permit to ship 20 barrels of Pignolo wine from Rosazzo, (from Friuli to Padua) for his own use and well-being, following the advice of his doctor.
Growing Region: Montagne de Reims, France
Chef de Cave: Régis Camus
This past July I spent an intensive month travelling through many of the wine regions in France. Starting in Bordeaux and ending a successful tour in Reims at the Champagne House of Piper & Charles Heidsieck. I have had the pleasure on more than a few occasions - and each time it’s like Christmas for adults - as you have this incredible excitement for what is going to be opened and the moment being shared with special people.