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Chardonnay: it’s the most planted white grape in the world, as well as the most planted wine grape in the United States. And yet, Chardonnay seems to be the world’s most polarizing wine: you either love it or hate it.
Chardonnay is a green-skinned grape variety used in the production of white wine. The variety originated in the Burgundy wine region of eastern France, but is now grown wherever wine is produced, from England to New Zealand. For new and developing wine regions, growing Chardonnay is seen as a "rite of passage" and an easy entry into the international wine market.
The Chardonnay grape itself is very neutral, with many of the flavors commonly associated with the grape being derived from such influences as terroir and oak. It is vinified in many different styles, from the lean, crisply mineral wines of Chablis to New World wines with oak, and tropical fruit flavors. In cool climates (such as Chablis and the Carneros AVA of California), Chardonnay tends to be medium to light body with noticeable acidity and flavors of green plum, apple, and pear.
In warmer locations the flavors become more citrus, peach, and melon, while in very warm location more fig and tropical fruit notes such as banana and mango come out. Wines that have gone through malolactic fermentation tend to have softer acidity and fruit flavors with buttery mouthfeel and hazelnut notes.
'NOW' by PAXTON stands for NATURAL ORGANIC WINE.
The consumer market demand has been growing steadily for Preservative Free/Natural wines. Paxton is a leader in organic production.
In addition to being Natural, Preservative Free & Organic, Paxton wanted to make a young, drink NOW style Chardonnay that was different from Paxton's existing Chardonnay styles.
Shows a brilliant yellow color with greenish reflexes. The medium-high aromatic intensity with very clean aromas. On the palate, it is fresh and lingering, acutely scented, with hints of tropical fruits, sharp apples, and peaches.
Grown on a single vineyard in the Hawkes Bay, the fruit for this wine was picked in outstanding condition after an excellent growing season. The grapes were gently pressed to 40% new French oak. A portion was allowed malolactic fermentation & the wine was then matured for 10 months before bottling.