A youthful and vibrant little number with no oak ageing at all, just clean, fresh flavours of melons and pineapples.
Luis Felipe Edwards
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Central Valley region of Chile
Chile’s Central Valley is the wider area that incorporates a number of Chile’s most prominent wine producing regions. It spans about 625 miles from north to south, and from west to east it runs form Chile’s coastal range of mountains to the foothills of the Andes in the east.
Included in the region are many of the famous Chilean regions, including Elquí Valley, Limarí Valley, Aconcagua Valley, Maipo Valley, Casablanca Valley, San Antonio Valley, Rape Valley, Curico Valley, Maule Valley, Itatat Valley and Bio Bio Valley.
The term Central Valley is slowly being phased out in Chile, as although there is nothing wrong with the name, the Chileans want to avoid any confusion with the Central Valley or Central Coast of California.
Dominant in Eastern France Chardonnay produces all great white Burgundies, Chablis and is a major grape varietal used for many Champagnes. It even takes its name from a village in the Mâconnais. The success and versatility of Chardonnay has resulted in it being grown across other wine producing nations, with particular success in Australia.
The characteristics of a great Chardonnay wine vary depending on the climate it is grown. In a cool climate (Chablis, Champagne) it is a steely wine, medium to light in body, with high acidity and green fruit notes. In medium, slightly warmer regions there are more citrus notes with buttery and honey characteristics. Then with hot climes you will find strong tropical fruit with lower acidity.
Chardonnay is almost always dry, and has a close affinity with oak. Typically the acids found in Chardonnay make it a strong wine for ageing, with the acids acting as a natural preservative.
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Salads & Vegetables
This wine would suit Caesar, chicken, egg, fish or seafood salad. Would also work well with root vegetables such as carrots, onions and parsnips.
Fish & Seafood
Seafood and firm white fish such as plaice, skate and sole are good matches for this wine. You could also pair this wine with a clam chowder, kedgeree and smoked fish.
Pasta & Other Sauces
This wine works well with fish based sauces or ones that are light and creamy such as hollandaise. You could also go for a nice parsley sauce or pesto base.
Whether it's grilled, barbecued, baked or casseroled this wine works with white meats such as chicken, turkey and pork but it also suits duck and veal.
Herbs & Spices
Works with big flavours such as coriander, fennel, garlic and ginger but will also work with basil, parsley or tarragon.
A great wine to enjoy with Thai, Chinese and light Indian dishes such as a Korma.
Matches well to Brie and Camembert but is very well suited to mozzarella and some mature Cheddars.