An Aged Aussie Chardonnay is Very Good with a Chicken and Bacon Stew

The BBC Food iPad app has a recipe called One-Pot Chicken & Bacon Stew, which consists of chicken and smoked bacon with carrots, onions, tomato purée, white wine vinegar, chicken stock, bay leaves, cream, new potatoes, mushrooms and herbs.

Occasionally we lay a wine down for a few years and we did this with a bottle of Chapel Hill Unwooded Chardonnay 2002, an Australian white from Tesco.  The bottle label says it can be aged for up to 10 years from purchase and it will develop soft toastiness.

It tasted very mellow, with smooth, creamy melon and citrus flaIMG_0261.JPG (2)vours.  It had developed a lovely complexity and we did detect a toastiness on the finish.  The Chardonnay was a lovely mouthful and a very good match with the meal.

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