Chardonnay vs. Verdejo
CHARDONNAY VS. VERDEJO
If we were to make a list of the most important white varieties grown in Spain, the Chardonnay and Verdejo grapes would surely have a place of honour. (The list would be almost complete if we added the varieties Albariño, Xarel.lo, Godello, Macabeu and White Grenache.)
A native of Burgundy, Chardonnay is not only the world's best known white grape, but arguably the best known grape whatsoever, whether they be white or red.
Relatively easy to grow, Chardonnay ripens quite early, has a relatively high alcohol content and a medium-low acidity.
Planted all over the world, when grown in hot climates it produces wines that show tropical aromas and have a smooth texture. When grown in cooler climates, Chardonnay tends to produce wines that are more crisp and have a higher acidity. In both cases, the wine is frequently aged in oak barrels.
We have prepared a selection of five high-quality, single varietal Spanish Chardonnays.
From Alicante, the great winemaker Enrique Mendoza presents Enrique Mendoza Chardonnay Fermentado en Barrica, a lively, precise wine with original salty nuances. Currently, the 2015 vintage is out of stock. The 2016 one, which promises to be one of the best of the last years, will be released in April.
Less glamorous than Chardonnay, the Verdejo grape nevertheless has a higher natural acidity and a very distinctive character. The wines crafted from Verdejo usually show some unmistakable herbal notes and subtly bitter nuances that bring them a very interesting personality. The variety also has a good ageing potential.
Here you have our five suggestions. Five excellent wines, all of them single varietals, made from Verdejo.
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