When I saw the white label from far I was expecting to find a red wine but instead I found a red wine.
The majority of Cariñena’s wines come from Garnacha grapes: the region offers a diverse array of styles, from steely, aromatic wines cultivated in high-altitude vineyards to ripe, robust expressions from the lower elevations. However, less known, the appellation also produces good value whites from varieties such as Chardonnay, Viura and Parellada.
Bodegas Paniza is no stranger to this blog. I have reviewed their red wines countless times in the past. However, until last week, I never tasted a white wine from them.
Their Chardonnay 2017 ( SAQ # 13710829, $16.05) is a mono varietal wine from high altitude vineyards ( 800 m) in the appellation. After several days of maceration , the wine ferments in stainless steel tanks and the aging is completed with a slight passage in oak barrels.
This Spanish Chardonnay has textbook varietal aromas of pear and dry apricots. On the mouth, it is full body with a round texture and medium acidity. It has pleasant flavours of vanilla and fig flavours. It will pair nicely with BBQ salmon, chicken or pizzas and vegetarian dishes.
I enjoyed very much tasting the wine. This is a terrific wine for your weekday BBQ and the QPR ( Quality Price Ratio) is just amazing. I would have welcomed a bit more acidity and freshness but after all we are taking about sunny Aragon here!!!
Bodegas Paniza is represented in Quebec by Valmonti. The Chardonnay was tasted in a SAQ outlet in Joliette, Quebec.