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Chamlija 2013 Chardonnay

Chamlija 2013 Chardonnay

Following on from last weeks review of the Chamlija Albarino, this week I am reviewing the 2013 Chardonnay. After 1 month fermentation in the barrel, a Burgundy style batônnage and a minimum of 12 months in new French medium toast oak barrels, the result is a well balanced Chardonnay. A great white wine; smooth, buttered, lightly toasted, the wood is melted with no aggressivity at all. This wine can be drunk now or left for a few years to mature. Match this wine with smoked salmon, lobster, chicken with creamy sauces and fresh tarragon. I like it a lot. You can find this wine in Istanbul at Carrefour Gurme outlets....
Prodom 2012 Narince and Chardonnay

Prodom 2012 Narince and Chardonnay

[fb_like url=”” style=”standard” font=”arial” action=”like” width=”450″ height=”30″ position=”none”] Nice Friday surprise! I have just received some new wines from my old friend Mr Atay in İzmir, one of the best boutique wine makers in Turkey! His first vintage was a great red wine that was widely recognised as exceptional for Turkey. Today I am tasting the Prodom 2012 Narince and Chardonnay, a Décanter World Wine Award 2013 and the International Wine Challenge Bronze Medal winner. It is a blend of a Narince, a Turkish grape from Tokat, and Chardonnay, a famous European grape from Denizli in the south. This blend has become trendy in the last 6 years or so after a tasting with some friends where we proposed to add some Chardonnay to the Narince to add a little more body to the wine; looks like a lot of people like the idea. So, let’s look at the wine itself. It is a crispy and fruity wine, as it is poured the colour is light pale straw, clear, transparent and shining. The nose is fruity with a palette of white fruits, exotic pineapple and a little bit of vanilla showing it has been through French Oak barrels for a few months. It has a very nice balance; the attack of the wine is franc, strong acidity will keep the freshness for a while. This wine will be a perfect match with Artichoke salad or any kind of shell fish with vinegar as a starter. You could also drink it as an aperitif to open your appetite, then continue with their Chardonnay and a grilled Dover Sole. If you...