If you are a regular reader of this blog, then you know I absolutely adore my Chardonnay.
I was kindly sent these sample bottles from the lovely folk at Patina and Define Wine Marketing & Communications – thank you very much.
Patina are based in New South Wales in the Orange wine region which is known for its high elevation (600-1100 metres) and cool climate – perfect for growing Chardonnay. The 22 year old vineyard sits at the foothills of Mount Canobolas.
I was never much of a science geek at school, however I found the below very interesting:
“Another benefit of high elevation vineyards is the high difference in day-night temperature. During the day the grape accrues carbohydrates via photosynthesis in the leaves, then at night during respiration the vine borrows back from the berry some of these stores.
The lower the nighttime temperature the less the vine needs to borrow during respiration resulting in more intensity in the grapes.”
We were lucky enough to taste both the 2019 Patina Chardonnay ($40 per bottle) and the 2018 Patina Reserve Chardonnay ($60 per bottle). Both can be bought. online via patinawines.com.au.
2019 Patina Chardonnay
It’s a pretty sunshine yellow shade with plenty of freshness exuberayting from the glass. Think just chopped apples and pear with some citrus and some green veggies like snow peas and asparagus. There’s also a touch of aromatic oak and some orange sherbet. Quite a complex nose that keeps you going back for ‘just another sniff’. In the mouth it’s super smooth with a buttery texture on the tongue and a little pinch of acidity at the back of the palate. Yummy mandarin citrus notes.
2018 Patina Reserve Chardonnay
Quite similar in colour to the above, but with a little bit more richness to it. Creamy vanilla oak, white peach, buttered popcorn and navel orange citrus aromas rise from the glass. It’s super creamy on the palate with so much delectable flavour. It’s definitely a tasty number! It has quite a thickness to it on the palate, which I just love. Tons of flavour yet not over the top heavy. Plus it has an extraordinary long finish. Beautiful!
This wine was sent to me as a sample, I was under no obligation to post about it. All opinions are based on my own taste buds. Wine is subjective & always evolving, so make sure you drink what you enjoy!