Chardonnay wines come in oaked and unoaked varieties, both of which offer distinctly different flavors. The ripeness of the grape is also considered. For example, an exceptionally ripe Chardonnay will feature subtle notes that resemble tropical fruits, such as mango, guava, or pineapple. A Chardonnay made from barely ripe fruit will take on a flavoring that is closer to lemon or green apple.
Finding the Right Chardonnay
It is not surprising then that Chardonnay wines are the most diverse white wines in the world. The Chardonnay grapes used in Long Island wines are used for rich varieties as well light champagnes. By becoming acquainted with the various styles of Chardonnay, you can find the right wine for you.
When oak aging is used in Chardonnay Long Island wines, the drink takes on a creamy taste – a taste that exudes such scents as coconut, butter, or vanilla. When a particular type of fermentation is used, the texture of the wine takes on a waxy, smooth, creamy, or oily quality.
After the wine is fermented, an additional fermentation will give the drink an oily texture. This further fermentation is termed MLF, or malolactic fermentation. MLF transforms the malic acid—which is tart—into lactic acid, which is smooth. An MLF entails the use of a different type of yeast. Therefore, if you are seeking a creamier taste to your wine, check if it has been produced using MLF.
Recommended Food Pairings
Chardonnay, when paired with foods, goes well with fish and herbs or soft cheeses made from cow’s milk or goat’s milk. Meat pairings with unoaked Chardonnay include all types of fish as well as turkey and chicken meat. Vegetables that go well with the wine include zucchini, asparagus, white mushroom, yellow squash, truffles, or almonds.
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