Yalumba Chardonnay Barossa Valley Y Series Unwooded 2009
The unwooded chardonnay style is captured by picking the grapes when the flavours are fresh and lively, and the vineyards chosen for making this wine are those possessing lifted tropical flavours. For 2007 grapes were again picked early in the ripeness spectrum to create a crisp and “food-friendly” wine. Cool processing and fermentation were used to retain the freshness of the grapes, and the wine was allowed some time on its yeast lees after blending to build some richness of flavour. The Yalumba Y Series Unwooded Chardonnay displays tropical aromas of white peach, fresh melon, pineapple and lifted lemon zest. On the palate lingering melon and peach flavours are complemented by a rich creamy texture, some slatey grapefruit tartness and a mouth-watering long finish.
Fruit not very forward in this unoaked chard.
Typically not a fan of Chardonnay or more to the point over-oaked Chardonnay most common to California wine-making I found this inexpensive little South Australian gem by mere chance in one of my local wine haunts. Craving something bright and crisp to go with the ceasar salad I was making for dinner with pan seared scallops and grilled shrimp spiced with pimente d'Esplette, this was the perfect accompaniment to the dish. Produced by the oldest wine making family in Australia, this unwooded 2009 Y Series Chardonnay is also not too minerally in taste which is often a by-product of whites that spend their aging period in steel rather than wood. It is subtle and inflected with hints of grapefruit and pineapple as stated on the label which is what I typically like and find in Sauvignon Blancs of the Marlborough Region and choose for this very reason, so this was a welcome surprise and what I had hoped I would find from an un-oaked, unwooded wine from Australia...it did not disappoint. So in a nutshell, if this is what you prefer as well, this wine would be a satisfying second choice from Yalumba wine producers who are perhaps best known for their amazing dessert wines. I believe I paid $11.99 for the bottle and I probably would have paid as much as $20.00 for it based on my experience. Try it for yourself and enjoy. JKBKwine
External Reviews for Yalumba Chardonnay Barossa Valley Y Series Unwooded
This crisp Chardonnay from Australia’s oldest winery blends floral and ripe apple notes with freshness on the palate. Try with Thai chicken salad or grilled prawns.
Pale straw with light green hues, the Yalumba Y Series Unwooded Chardonnay displays aromas of honeydew melon and nashi pear, with hints of grapefruit and pineapple. The palate is silky with flavours of ripe nectarines, guava and grapefruit with a fresh acid finish. Serve with Thai chicken salad or gnocchi with sauteed prawns and a burnt butter sauce.