White wine chardonnay

The return of the great white

Give people the option to choose between a sauvignon blanc and a chardonnay, chances are you can pick which way they’ll lean. Though if Franklin Tate Estates, Cat Amongst the Pigeons and Baily & Baily wineries have anything to do with it, that trend is on the decline.

Chardonnay is undisputedly one of the world’s preferred drops when it comes to white wine, but Australians have the tendency to err on the side of the ‘sauv’ when it comes to a fall-back white wine option, but the super versatile wine is having its re-emergence.

It’s fast-becoming a first choice for many, having moved on from the old ‘too oaky’ days into something a bit more contemporary that people are after.

Just to drive it home, too, the market share of the category grew by 17.6% with Margaret River wines, while the Australian wine offering has seen exportation increasing by 12% according to Wine Australia.

Franklin Tate Estates are all about turning it on when it comes to chardy, with their Traditional Margaret River 2016 batch to name just one. It won a gold medal in the Chardonnay du Monde awards in 2016, making it one of the top 10 Chardonnays in the world. Not a bad effort!

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Franklin Tate Estate chardonnay

Meanwhile, Cat Amongst the Pigeons‘ Eden Valley chardonnay 2016 batch is an option that seamlessly encapsulates the developments in the wine entirely. It works with some tropical white peach and stone fruit aromas that balance with that oaky flavour, leaving a crisp finish.

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Cat Amongst Pigeons chardonnay white wine

Coming-in on the zestier end of the scale, the Bailey & Bailey Folio Margaret River Chardonnay is dry, works with citrus characters of white peach and nectarines and makes for one heck on a refined option.

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Bailey Bailey chardonnay

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