Hailing from the traditional region of Burgundy in France, this lightly oaked
, slightly tart wine is ideal with creamy cheeses and robust fish dishes.
, this warm-weather red tastes best when it's cool, not cold.
It's got a generously fruity, lightly oaked
style, that's right on point with its lightly spiced cherry and violet fruit.
Known for constant innovations, Woodford Reserve recently created two new expressions with its Rye and Double Oaked
. The former grew 47.4% in 2017 to 28,000 cases, while the latter increased 34.6% to 35,000 cases.
Peach Garden Merlot 2016, Bulgaria (PS6.50, Marks & Spencer, in-store only) Often underrated, Bulgarian wines are starting to show their potential, and this generously fruity, lightly oaked
merlot shows a nice balance of mulberry fruits, spiced cherry and a lick of vanilla on the silky smooth finish.
How far we have come from those old, big, over-ripe, heavily oaked
southern hemisphere chardonnays.
Back in the 90s rich and heavily oaked
chardonnays were all the rage, and grapes grown in warm climates suited that style thanks to high temperatures meaning sugar meaning high alcohol and big flavours.
It's nut a hot topic anymore, but iChardonnay--whether oaked
, uno-aked, bone dry or semi-sweet--is still the queen of retail wines.
Allendale Brewery has produced a 5.5% Bierrex oaked
Belgian, made with Bramling Cross hops, Belgian yeast and oaked
in the boil to provide a dryness.
This chardonnay meets right in the middle of the oaked
versus unoaked camps -- half the grapes are fermented in French oak barrels, half in stainless steel.
For a good week-day wine that's lightly oaked
and nicely fruit-driven, try Burra Brook Chardonnay 2012, Australia (PS7.99, Marks & Spencer).
According to Click, recent trends have shown American wine consumers migrating from heavily oaked
Chardonnays to elegant, terroir-driven wines that pair better with foods.