Australia: Australian Chardonnay
What About Aussie Chardonnay?
Australia is home to some of the worlds outstanding Chardonnays and a huge volume of competitively priced, competently made bottlings. Most fighting varietal brands will carry the wide ranging South Eastern Australia appellation that plays host to many of the countrys viticultural districts, though premium estate wines will carry such familiar appellations of Padthaway, McLaren Vale and Eden Valley, to name but a few.
In recent years Australians have had a rethink about Chardonnay styles. The fashion is now for cooler climate areas, far less oak influence, and more vibrant citrus fruit flavors. The cool Padthaway region is now closely associated with this fresher style of Australian Chardonnay. Many wines now proudly state on the label that they are Unwooded.
With Australia at the forefront of technological advancement in viticulture and enology, and driven by a diversity of enormous commercial exporting producers and boutique wineries, Aussie Chardonnays should continue to compete effectively for the attention of US consumers.
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