There are numerous varietals of white wine, each with its unique characteristics and flavours. Some of the most well known varietals include chardonnay, which often displays notes of green apple, citrus, and tropical fruits. Chardonnay can range from buttery and oaky when aged in oak barrels to crisp and unoaked.
Another popular varietal is sauvignon blanc. Known for its vibrant acidity and herbaceous flavours, sauvignon blanc is usually consumed early to preserve its freshness. Riesling whites on the other hand, can age well and develop complex flavours over time, making it a great choice for cellaring. Rieslings are highly aromatic and can have flavours of apple, pear, and floral notes.
For those who prefer their white wine on the lighter side, pinot grigio (pinot gris) with its crisp and refreshing flavours of citrus, pear, and stone fruit is a great option. Another light, easy to drink white is gewürztraminer with its intense floral and spice notes, such as rose petals, lychee, and ginger.
With so many diverse styles of white wines on offer, it’s no wonder they pair wonderfully with a variety of foods. In particular, white wine complements seafood extremely well, especially lighter fish dishes and shellfish including grilled prawns. White wines are also an ideal match for chicken and turkey dishes, especially when served with creamy sauces. With slightly sweet white wines like riesling being a great match for Indian and Thai dishes as they help balance the heat in spicy dishes. White wine also pairs perfectly with soft cheeses as it enhances their flavours without being overpowering.
White wine lovers can explore and indulge in a curated selection of top-quality white wines from renowned producers at Qantas Wine. Some of the exceptional choices include Shaw + Smith, Fetherston Wines, Vasse Felix, Rosenthal and Tahbilk. Whether you prefer a crisp Sauvignon Blanc, an oaky Chardonnay, or an aromatic Gewürztraminer; white wines have something to offer every white wine enthusiast.