Wine of the Week from O’Briens: Lisa McGuigan Silver Collection Chardonnay 2014
On Thursday, 22nd of September 2016, night and day will be almost equally long. The date marks the autumnal equinox, which means we are now officially entering a new season.
However, as the Northern Hemisphere goes pumpkin-orange, in the southern part of the world, Spring has just begun and while we’ll have plenty of time in the upcoming weeks to dwell in mulled wine and other winter warmers, our wine of the week gives a nod to Australia’s intensifying sunshine.
Lisa McGuigan Silver Collection Chardonnay 2014 is part of a range of wines made by Lisa McGuigan, fourth generation of a family of outstanding winemakers in the Hunter Valley, the collection focuses on highlighting great wine regions and the ideal grapes to grow in them.
In this case, we have a Chardonnay from South Australia, made from selected vineyards across the region. They use stainless style for a fresh style that retains its fruitiness and lightness. With 13% ABV, and a moderate acidity, it is medium bodied and very easy to drink.
It’s clear, pale and lemon coloured, and its aromas are pleasant and mildly intense. Green apples and nectarines lead, with a fresh citrus feel in the background which intensifies on the palate, where a hint of melon and white peach is a welcomed, delicate touch.
Gabriela’s passion for writing is only matched by her love for food and wine. Journalist, confectioner and sommelier, she fell in love with Ireland years ago and moved from Venezuela to Dublin in 2014.
Since then, she has written about and worked in the local food scene, and she’s determined to discover and share the different traditions, flavours and places that have led Irish food and drink to fascinate her.