Wine of the Day: ’09 Brolga Brook Chardonnay
Chardonnay is one of the iconic wine varietals produced in the fertile vineyards of South Eastern Australia, and is synonymous with white wine, so much so that when people go out for a drink they will usually ask for a glass of chardonnay before they ask for a glass of white wine.
This is interesting when one considers that the first Australian wine labeled “chardonnay” was only released in 1971, but now comprises 22% of Australia’s harvest. Before then it was rarely found outside France, where it was the main contributing variety to French Champagne.
Australia is now a major producer and exporter of chardonnay, with major sales to the European and U.S. markets. Increasingly, as appetites for wine changes in China, chardonnay is establishing an increasing foothold in a market still dominated by red wines.
The Brolga Brook Chardonnay emanates from the Riverland region of South Australia where winter rains provide the catalyst for the ideal growing conditions of the long warm summers. Supplementary irrigation in the dry summer periods produce grapes of exceptional quality at their price point, with melon and peach flavors dominant characteristics, and with a clean and crisp finish. There are no ground rules to drinking this wine. Enjoy on its own or with a wide variety of meals.