Our team isn’t a huge fan of what wine critics call the “buttery” taste of many chardonnays. This “buttery” taste is caused when the wine is left for a long time in oak barrels. However, we were determined to find a Chardonnay we could all enjoy that maintained its body without that taste and feeling we didn’t exactly love.
How to do that? Knowing that we typically prefer Southern Hemisphere wines and that wines from these regions tend to be fruitier and/or pack a bit more punch to the taste, we grabbed a South Australian Chardonnay from Whole Foods. To make things even better, this wine – Steeple Jack – is unwooded, meaning that it was aged in stainless steel drums, not the standard oak barrels that give the buttery taste.