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Whether you want to make a single grape varietal wine or a blend, RJS Craft Winemaking kits are made with the finest juices and concentrates to make your favourite wine styles. Use our wine selector to learn more about wines you love and possibly discover new wines that might be your next favourite.

Chardonnay

The Grape

Chardonnay was born in the Burgundy region of France, where it is also referred to as “white burgundy”, and it has gained much acclaim for its elegance. It is one of the most recognized and widely planted white wine grapes, made from green skinned grapes. Chardonnay is a fairly low maintenance vine that adapts really well to a number of different climate types. Around the world, Chardonnay is also used in a wide range of sparkling wines.

The Wines

Describing the flavours of a Chardonnay can be very challenging because they differ based on different winemaking techniques. They boast impressive ranges from the expected butter and oak to fresh fruit flavours of citrus, apple and tropical fruits. While many Chardonnays have high aromatic complexity, others can have smoky, vanilla and spice notes due to barrel fermentation or distinctive buttery aromas due to malolactic fermentation.

The Occasions

Chardonnay has different textures, styles, and levels of sweetness and acidity making it an easy match for any wine and food pairing. Chardonnay is perfect to serve when hosting a formal dinner party when you want to impress your guests. It pairs well with most poultry, seafood or pork dishes.

 
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Varietal/Style
Region/Style
Profile

Different types of winemaking practices can affect the outcome of your wine. The chart below is a guideline for how we describe the profiles of our finished wines. Refer to tasting notes for each wine’s profile.

OAK BODY SWEETNESS
U - UNOAKED
L - LIGHT
M - MEDIUM
H - HEAVY
L - LIGHT
M - MEDIUM
F - FULL
D - DRY
O - OFF-DRY
S - SWEET
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En Primeur Winery Series
Chardonnay
Chile
L | M | D
Varietal/Style: En Primeur Winery Series
Profile: L | M | D
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Weeks 6 - 8
Varietal Chardonnay
Sweetness Dry
Oak Light
Body Medium
Labels Included Yes
Wine Kit Instructions (PDF)

En Primeur Winery Series Chile Chardonnay

Bursting with hints of pineapple, melon and peach on the palate, delicate hints of pear on the finish. A perfectly balanced wine with fresh and lively acidity.

Food Pairings

Great with rich pastas or risotto with lobster or mussels.

Cru Select
Chardonnay
Australia
M | M | D
Varietal/Style: Cru Select
Profile: M | M | D
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Weeks 6
Varietal Chardonnay
Sweetness Dry
Oak Medium
Body Medium
Labels Included Yes
Wine Kit Instructions (PDF)

Cru Select Australia Style Chardonnay

A classic style Chardonnay that is clean, crisp, and rich in varietal character with fruit flavours abound. It is golden-hued and slightly tart while flavours of vanilla and cloves tantalize the palate.

Food Pairings

Pair with buttery shrimp, poached salmon or cedar planked halibut.

Cru Select
New World White Blend
Argentina
U | M | D
Varietal/Style: Cru Select
Profile: U | M | D
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Weeks 6
Varietal Viognier
Riesling
Chardonnay
Sweetness Dry
Oak Unoaked
Body Medium
Labels Included Yes
Wine Kit Instructions (PDF)

Cru Select Argentina Style Trio

This modern New World white highlights the apricot and floral notes of Viognier, the minerality of Riesling, and the tropical aromas of Chardonnay.

Food Pairings

Serve with chicken and root vegetables or grilled fish, potato and mushrooms.

Cru International
Chardonnay
California
M | M | D
Varietal/Style: Cru International
Profile: M | M | D
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Weeks 5
Varietal Chardonnay
Sweetness Dry
Oak Medium
Body Medium
Labels Included No
Wine Kit Instructions (PDF)

Cru International California Chardonnay Style

Captivating flavours of green apple and tropical fruit enhance an upfront floral bouquet as is expected by the finest California Chardonnays. It will develop to reveal layers of ripe fruit and integrated oak.

Food Pairings

Serve with Bok-choy asparagus frittata or French chicken dijon.

Grand Cru
Chardonnay
 
M | M | D
Varietal/Style: Grand Cru
Profile: M | M | D
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Weeks 4
Varietal Chardonnay
Sweetness Dry
Oak Medium
Body Medium
Labels Included No
Wine Kit Instructions (PDF)

Grand Cru Chardonnay Style

A medium-bodied wine with a crisp, green apple bouquet, and hearty flavour. This is a true classic white wine at its finest.

Food Pairings

Try with lemon garlic tilapia or a spring vegetable salad.