Stop by our wineries and you’ll taste the reasons for Chardonnay’s immense popularity. This itinerary will take you on a tour of oaked and unoaked styles. Oak aging in barrels imparts characteristics that give Chardonnay a fuller body, as well as notes and flavours like vanilla, spice or smoke. Much depends on the type of oak (French, American, Canadian), the degree of toasting inside the barrel, and the length of time the wine ages in the barrel. Non-oaked Chardonnays aged in stainless-steel tanks will be lighter and may possess fruitier characteristics. Which to choose?
ABC – All ‘Bout Chardonnay!