Cards of Wine

Chardonnay (New Zealand)

Chardonnay became popular in the 1990s and today is the third most widely planted grape in New Zealand.

Typical Flavors


Lemon
Lemon
Apple
Apple
Pear
Pear
Peach
Peach

Almonds
Almonds
Flowers
Flowers
Herbs
Herbs
Salt
Salt

Warm Climate Flavors


Orange
Orange
Yellow Apple
Yellow
Apple
Mango
Mango
Pineapple
Pineapple

Oak Added Flavors


Vanilla
Vanilla
Butter
Butter
Croissant
Croissant
Coconut
Coconut

Citrus, Green Apple, Pear, White Peach, and Minerality are typical Cold climate flavors.

Orange, Yellow Apple, Peach, and Tropical Fruit are typical Warm climate flavors.

Profile

Oaked Chardonnays tend to be full bodied with high alcohol.

SUGARDry
BODYFull
FRUITMedium
ACIDITYMedium
Serving temperature:
10-14°C (50-57°F)

Food Pairing


Antipasti
Antipasti
Vegetables
Vegetables
Asparagus
Asparagus
Pasta
Pasta

Fish
Fish
Chicken
Chicken
Pork
Pork
Risotto
Risotto

Chardonnay is very food friendly.

Italian. Spanish. International. Asian. Mexican. Vegetarian.

Pairing Suggestions

Excellent Pairings:
Anything with Creamy or Buttery Sauce.
Pasta in Creamy Sauce. Risotto.
Lobster. Salmon. Tuna. Fish Cakes.
Chicken. Poultry. Pork.
Roasted Veggies. Pumpkin. Mushroom. Onion. Garlic.
Hazelnuts. Cashew. Pecans. Coconut.

Cheese:
Aged, Salty, or Nutty Cheeses.
Cheddar. Comté. Gruyère. Manchego. Parmigiano. Pecorino.

If You Like New Zealand Chardonnay

You May Also Like:

Cassis (France)
Catarratto (Italy)
Chardonnay (France)
Garnacha Blanca (Spain)
Grenache Blanche (France)
Marsanne (France)
Pinot Blanc (France)
Rioja White Oaked (Spain)
Roussanne (France)
Sémillon (France)
Trajadura (Portugal)
Treixadura (Spain)
Viognier (France)

The Ideal Glass

The Montrachet glass is perfect for full-bodied white wines such as:

The wide bowl steers the wine to the sensitive parts of the tongue, ensuring that the acidity creates a harmonious balance with the sweet aromas of aged wines.

The wide bowl allows the full bouquet of aromas to develop, and minimise the risk for it to be over-concentrated.

About Chardonnay

Chardonnay is a village in South Burgundy, and Chardonnay is the most popular white wine grape in the world.

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Why so Popular?

Chardonnay is popular for 3 important reasons:

Chardonnay wines have no sharp edges and no high acid content. The grape produces large crops and it is not picky about soil and climate. The fact that the wines are easy to sell, also contributes to the grape's popularity among the wine producers.

Sparkling Chardonnay

Chardonnay is an important component of many sparkling wines, including French Champagne and Italian Franciacorta.

Chardonnay in New Zealand

New Zealand Chardonnay is known to be fruit-driven with concentrated citrus and tropical fruit, but a wide range of styles are produced in New Zealand, from fruit-driven and unoaked, complex examples with elegance, and a touch of oak.

Cool climate regions like Marlborough produce medium to light bodied wines with citrus and savoury flavours, minerality, and great acidity

These Chardonnays get first prize for French imitations. They often holds good quality, with an elegant balance of citrus, minerals, and tropical fruit.

Warmer climates produce wines with full to medium body, rounder and richer flavours, and softer acidity.

Best Regions: