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Crystal Chardonnay Aurora 2018

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Art. # 1291
This wine is from carefully selected vineyards, which portray the charms of a Cabernet Sauvignon from McLaren Vale. The year is characterized by low, but high quality yield with an expressive aroma. It matures in new and old French oak barrels for up to two years.

Profile

  • Fruit
  • Body
  • Dryness
  • Freshness
  • Alcohol

Variety

Chardonnay

Flavours

  • Flowers Flowers
  • Citrus Fruits Citrus Fruits
  • Tropical Fruits Tropical Fruits
  • Apple Apple

Glass

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Serving Temperature

Cold Cold

Food pairing

  • Fish Fish
  • Seafood Seafood
  • Soft Cheese Soft Cheese

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Aurora Winery

Aurora Winery

The beginning is quite normal for Aurora winery - Dr. Fadi Geara and his family started producing small batches of wine as a hobby over the weekend on the run from his profession as an oncologist, as well as a small local production of Arak - only for family members and a few customers. It was not until the early 2000 that they began their official wine journey. Today, Fadi and his daughter Andrea are committed to this boutique production, strictly following the principles of organic farming and oenology. The vineyards of Aurora are nestled in the Mediterranean mountains, surrounded by oak and olive trees, on terraced terrains to retain the necessary rainwater and ensure good drainage. The name Aurora is inspired by the nearby village of Aoura, where vines are grown, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, taking into account the symbolism of dawn - the first appearance of light in the sky before sunrise. The vineyards are located at 850 to 950 m above sea level in three different plots. Aurora Wine Cellar practices "dry" agriculture without additional watering. Limestone soils come to the rescue here, allowing soil temperatures to stay cool all year round. Thus, all wines in the portfolio are an expression of this unique mountain terroir, a consequence of the Mediterranean microclimate and cool soils.

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Bekaa Valley

Bekaa Valley

The Bekaa Valley is the heart of modern Lebanese wine - almost 90 percent of it is produced here. The long narrow valley is an oasis of agriculture and viticulture, which stretches for about 65 kilometers between the mountains of Lebanon and Anti-Lebanon. These mountains are the key factor for terroir here, as they provide protection from deserts in the east and sea rains in the west. The first vineyards of Bekaa Valley were planted with Cinsault, which was later joined by other French vine varieties: the red Carignan, Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot and the white Uni Blanc, Clairette and Chardonnay. The oldest winery in the area is Chateau Ksara, which was established by the Jesuit Christians of Taanayel (Tanail) in the 19th century. Chateau Musar, founded in 1930, is another long-established mansion in the valley and perhaps the most famous in the world. A 1979 publication in Decanter magazine by Michael Broadbent played a key role in opening up export markets, which helped establish Chateau Musar's name as a major Lebanese winemaker. The end of the civil war in the country in 1990 sets the beginning of modernisation and focus on quality production, which leads to the emergence of more small boutique family wineries.

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Chardonnay

Chardonnay

Chardonnay is the world's most famous white-wine grape and also one of the most widely planted. Of course, the most highly regarded expressions of the variety are those from Burgundy and California, but many high-quality examples are made in Italy, Australia, New Zealand and parts of South America. Describing the flavours of Chardonnay is not easy. This is not thanks to the complexity of the varietal itself but usually due its susceptibility to winemaking techniques - such as Malolactic fermentation which gives distinctive buttery aromas or Fermentation or maturation in oak barrels which contributes to the wine with smokey notes of vanilla, honey and even cinnamon, and not last the lees contact while in barrel imparts biscuity, doughy flavours. And all these incorporated with the varietal aromas of tropical (banana, pineapple and guava) to stone fruits (peach, nectarine and apricot), sometimes even citrus and apple notes. Climate plays a major role in dictating which fruit flavours a Chardonnay will have - warm regions (California, Australia ) make more tropical styles; temperate zones (southern Burgundy, New Zealand) - stone fruit notes, while the very coolest (Chablis, Champagne) lean towards green-apple aromas.

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