Carrying on the excellent start to 2021 (I am only talking drinking wine here) we are off to our Australian friends for an unusual fusion of Chardonnay grapes from from two prime regions. The first being Clare Valley in the south and the second is Margaret river in the west and although these regions are a fair distance apart the result is a distinct, intensely flavoured, complex yet elegant wine from the ever reliable producer, Wakefield.
Wakefield Jaraman Chardonnay 2018
Didn’t know what to expect when opening this, was it going to be a oaky, full on rich and creamy Chardonnay or a bright fruity, mineral driven wine. Well, what it actually ends up being and to its benefit, is a bit of both.
Quite a tropical nose, mostly peach and apricots, maybe a hint of honeydew melon and a definite lemon zest. Initial taste was bright fruit, including lemon, grapefruit and pears. Very minerally and noticeable acidity, then the tropical flavours of pineapple, peach and mango creep in along with a little creamy vanilla from the subtle oak. Beautifully balanced between the bright steely acidity and the more gentle oak influence make this a lovely wine.
Paired this with Spanish chicken and rice this was enjoyed by all and I would have no hesitation in recommending it, even at £15.99.