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Chardonnay, 2018. Schild Estate

Chardonnay, 2018. Schild Estate

Item #: L1019W4IU
Vintage: 2018
Varietal: Chardonnay
Vineyard/Appellation: Australia
Color: Pale Straw
Nose: White Peach, Stones
Palate: Lovely Green Apple
Finish: Piquant, Roasted Nuts
Rating: 96
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2022/Seafood, Light Meats/13.5% Alcohol by Volume

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Schild's Barossa Valley Unwooded Chardonnay comes to us from grapes grown in the Three Springs Vineyard, located alongside the original Schild Family Estate, purchased by Ben and Alma Schild in 1952. Additional Chardonnay grapes were added to the blend from the nearby vineyards of the Barritt family, who represent six generations (dating back to 1850) of grape growing in Australia's Barossa Valley. There is history in these vines and in these wines.

The Barossa Valley is located in South Australia. It produces half of all the wine made in the country and is considered its finest growing area. Barossa was home to many Polish immigrants who settled there in the mid 19th century, but it was the French who shaped the area's wine culture.

Schild is now one of the New Wave of producers boasting unwooded, or unoaked, Chardonnay. This is a complete contradiction to what Australian Chardonnay used to be, some 30 years ago. Back then, the wine was affectionately called an "oak bomb."

Fortunately, that style is on the wane and the offerings today are more about expressing the flavors of the grape instead of the treatment.

To that end, our selection is a lovely expression of Chardonnay with all its natural complexity coming through in flying, flavorful colors. From the green apple and tropical fruit on through to the minerality and fine acidity, it pleases at every turn, every time.

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