I know Chardonnay is not the most popular of grape varieties at the moment but it is certainly worth trying some of the fablous unoaked options that are out there. If it was the heavy buttery texture and vanilla and honeyed notes which sent you fleeing from this wonderful grape have no fear there is little to none of those here. Oak aging, literally aging the chardonnay in oak barrels, to impart flavour and texture to the wine. In many cases however cheaper methods such as adding a large tea bag full of oak chips to the wine, the result was oceans of terrible cheap chardonnay.
The fight back has begun however, with many producers allowing chardonnay to express itself in all it’s unoaked glory, this means the wine will not have come into contact with any oak and as a result is delightfully refreshing and fresh. If you have been thinking about giving chardonnay a second chance now is the time pick up a delectable unoaked Chardonnay.

Winery of Good Hope Chardonay 2008

The name is a bit naff, but the wine is a wonderful easy drinking style, 100% unoaked. It displays notes of citrus zest and has a delightful mineral tang, bedded in stone fruit flavours.
Yalumba Y-series Unwooded Chardonnay 2007
A full bodied and fruity wine, with notes of melon, pineapple and grapefruit flavours. A refreshing citrus acidity on the finish.
Domaine des Valanges, Macon Fuisse 2007
This stunning french wine is loaded with aromas of lemons and citrus fruits with a hint of hazelnut. Rich mouth feel of lemons and apples leading to a lively and refreshing finish. A wine for Pouilly-Fuisse lovers.