Five Decanter Awards for Australian Chardonnay plus bonus marks over Burgundy

Decanter’s March edition features an Australian Chardonnay panel tasting in which I participated and, to whet your appetite, you’ll find a taster of the panel’s views here on Decanter’s website, together with the heads up on the five wines that bagged Decanter Awards, which include Giaconda Estate Chardonnay 2008 (label pictured). 

If you’re a regular reader of these pages, you’ll not be surprised to learn that the wines won lavish praise for not being lavish –  Australian Chardonnay has very successfully reinvented itself within a remarkably short space of time.  

What I’d forgotten until I read Decanter’s blog is that fellow panellist Pierre Mansour of The Wine Society also urged Decanter readers to buy Australian Chardonnay on account of the fact it’s free of the taint of premature oxidation issues which have dogged Burgundy.    Given that Australia’s new breed of sleeker more structured Chardonnays are more ageworthy, that really is a bonus.

And, since we’re on the topic of ageworthiness, Giaconda Chardonnay may have long had a reputation for longevity but, as of the 2010 vintage, expect it to last even longer.   This was the first year in which it was fermented and aged in an underground tunnel of solid granite blasted out of the Beechworth hillside.  How cool is that?

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