31/07/2017 – Jordan, Barrel-Fermented Chardonnay

(2017) I have a tendency to bang on about the 'new' Chardonnay from Australia and California, on a mission to persuade members of the ABC Club to reconsider their membership given the volte-face that has transformed the big, blowsy, over-oaked examples of the 1990s into altogether more subtle wines that show the variety's true class. Gary and Kathy Jordan's wines have always been more intelligently pitched however, and this sleek Chardonnay with its confident but balanced nuttiness and hint of toast from its barrel fermentation is more than matched by pristine fruit, juicy and fleshy enough, before a lick of salinity and shimmering lemon acidity grabs the long, elegant finish. A terrific price for such a classy wine. Watch the video for more information.

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