When it comes to Australian wines most people think of densely fruity, spicy Shiraz, or robust, oaky Chardonnay from the country’s well-known wine regions like Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale. At the southwest tip of the continent, however, lies the Margaret River region of Western Australia
One can be content with the silver, in this case. It is a pleasant, crisp traditional method sparkling wine, made from 100% chardonnay. Lemon and citrus aromas, with a touch of toasted bread, on the nose, and apple and a touch of pear on the palate, with plenty of lively bubbles to give it a true sense of celebration. Not terribly complex, but neat and well-made enough to keep you smiling through the final hockey game - where silver, however, will not keep Canadians content.
The folks at Peconic Bay Winery get into the spirit of things with the generous donation of two different cases of their award-winning wine. This lot is for a case of their 2007 Chardonnay, retail value $264.00.
The always-generous folks over at Cleavage Creek Cellars sent three different bottles of wine for our action, their 2005 Tracy Hills Cabernet Syrah, 2007 tray Hills Merlot-Shiraz, and 2009 Tracy Hills Reserve Chardonay, total retail value $54.00.
Knapp Winery & Vineyard contributed a mixed case, six bottles of Riesling and six of Chardonnay, retail value $180.00.
Eveningside Vineyard generously contributed a case of their 2008 unoaked Chardonnay, retail value $160.00.
This delightful Chard opened with rich aromas and flavors of apple and burnt butter, balanced with tart lemon grass. It undergoes 60% malolactic fermentation and spends 16 months in neutral barrels. Enjoy this rich, tart, wonderfully balanced Chardonnay with cornish game hen.