2006 Giaconda "Nantua Les Deux" Chardonnay Beechworth (Elsewhere $56)

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94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: " The 2006 Chardonnay Nantua contains 7% Roussanne. It was fermented in barrel with native yeasts using French oak, 25% new where it remained for 10 months before being bottled unfiltered. Light gold-colored, it offers an alluring bouquet of toast, butter, floral notes, baked apple, and tropical fruits. This is followed by a round, viscous, layered wine with gobs of flavor, excellent balance, and a lengthy finish. It has several years of aging potential and can be enjoyed through 2017. 91 points Stephen Tanzer's IWC: "Bright yellow. Spicy lemon and pear on the nose, with subtle notes of sweet butter, macadamia and lemongrass. Creamy citrus and orchard fruit flavors stain the palate and are complemented by deeper tones of toasted nuts and smoky lees. Firm and linear on the finish, which echoes the lemongrass and pear notes and leaves behind a sweet nutty note." And, according to Wine Specator: "Ripe and buttery, this is broad and lithe in texture, with mouthfilling pineapple, caramel and cashew flavors that linger on the generous finish. Drink now through 2012. 60 cases imported." (Web only 2007)

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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mācon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
Country:

Australia

- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great Region are in the southeastern area of the continent, with the Barossa Valley, Claire Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia, the Yarra Yarra Velley and Pyrenees in Victoria and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling from the land Down Under. While many equate Aussie wines with "value", there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from Australia.
Sub-Region:

Victoria

Alcohol Content (%): 14.5