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Blog 4 // Wine Geekiness by Meredith Griffin

Blog 4 // Wine Geekiness by Meredith Griffin

I’m a bit delayed in my blog content.

But I didn’t want to be remiss in continuing to share this educational journey with you because, while this journey I’m on is challenging and time-consuming, it’s also magnificently fun, illuminating, and an invaluable experience!

In a previous post, I mentioned my proposal for a group assignment that included making Riesling and Cabernet Sauvignon in Clare Valley, Australia. Well… Based on everyone’s proposals, my class was grouped with others who had similar interests. Thus, for the last couple of weeks, myself plus three of my classmates have been creating a plan to make premium Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in Mornington Peninsula, Australia.

I don’t want to bore you -- because I can get kind of geeky about all of this -- but if you want to nerd out with me, I thought it would be fun to share a little about Chardonnay and why the climate of Mornington Peninsula suits growing this grape to make a good quality Chardonnay wine.

Mornington Peninsula has a cool-to-moderate maritime climate. This is beneficial for Chardonnay grapes because they are a low acid grape, and late into the ripening season, grapes decrease in acid as sugar accumulation increases. If this region had a warm climate, it could cause the grapes to lose acid faster -- potentially before the grapes were fully ripe. If this happened, then the overall quality of the grapes would be compromised. Mornington Peninsula’s milder summers help the Chardonnay grapes ripen fully while retaining their natural acidity, which allows for a higher quality wine to be made.

I find knowing all this to be super cool -- because this kind of background gives me the type of knowledge I need to taste a wine and deduct where it’s from and the quality I can expect to experience before I even open the bottle. Cool, right?

Stay tuned for the next post, when I share a momentous new wine discovery!

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