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Walter Hansel Chardonnay Cahill Lane 2012 750ml

Rated 93 - The 2013 Chardonnay Cahill Lane is another beautiful, precise wine loaded with class and personality. As is the case in this vintage,...
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Wayfarer Chardonnay Wayfarer Vineyard 2012 750ml

Rated 92 - The 2012 Chardonnay Wayfarer Vineyard impresses for its energy and focus. Grapefruit, lemon oil, pears, chalk and white flowers all take...
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White Rock Chardonnay 2012 750ml

Rated 92 - White Rock's 2012 Chardonnay is a classy effort displaying good minerality along with hints of poached pears, white peaches, quince and...
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Wolffer Chardonnay White Mischief 2012 750ml

Rated 91 - The 2012 White Mischief is a bit different in the winery's Chardonnay lineup: it is wild-yeast fermented, plus only a one-third of the...

2012 Chardonnay

Of all the white wine grape varietals, surely the one which has spread the furthest and is most widely appreciated is the Chardonnay. This green skinned grape is now grown all over the Old and New Worlds, from New Zealand to the Americas, from England to Chile, and is one of the first varietals people think of when considering white wine grapes. Perhaps this is because of its huge popularity which reached a peak in the 1990s, thanks to new technologies combining with traditional methods to bring the very best features out of the Chardonnay grape, and allow its unique qualities to shine through. Most fine Chardonnay wines use a process known as malolactic fermentation, wherein the malic acids in the grape juice are converted to lactic acids, allowing a creamier, buttery nature to come forward in the wine. No grape varietal is better suited to this process than Chardonnay, which manages to balance these silky, creamy notes with fresh white fruit flavors beautifully.