Chardonnay is the world’s most famous white-wine grape and also one of the most widely planted. Although the most highly regarded expressions of the variety are those from Burgundy and California, many high-quality examples are made in Italy, Australia, New Zealand and parts of South America.
Describing the flavors of Chardonnay is no easy task.
While many Chardonnay wines have high aromatic complexity, this is usually due to winemaking techniques (particularly the use of oak) rather than the varietys intrinsic qualities. Malolactic fermentation gives distinctive buttery aromas. Fermentation and/or maturation in oak barrels contributes notes of vanilla, smoke and hints of sweet spices such as clove and cinnamon.
Extended lees contact while in barrel imparts biscuity, doughy flavors. Because of this high level of winemaker involvement, Chardonnay has become known as the winemakers wine.
Best Chardonnay Wines in Italy
The wine Chardonnay is perhaps the best-known white wine in the world. Though it is made in many countries, Italy stands out as one of the best Chardonnay producers.
When people think of Chardonnay, the first thing that comes to mind is usually its characteristic oaky taste, which comes from the barrels the wine is aged in. However, more and more producers are beginning to offer unoaked/unwooded versions. These display the significant variations in taste that depend on where the Chardonnay is produced.
Italy produces fine white Chardonnay that is crafted solely with Chardonnay varietals as well as blends. Chardonnay grapes are also used in a variety of Italian sparkling wines like Mazzolino's Blanc de Blanc. Known for being very well balanced, Italian white Chardonnay characteristics range from smoky and oaky, to light and floral. There is such a broad range that it’s sometimes hard to believe they are all derived from the same grape.
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