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New World Chardonnay never used to be the most appealing of wine to me. Too often I found it over-oaked, blandly buttery and lacking any real individual character.

This is, of course, nonsense.

The truth of the matter is that Chardonnay is not a grape that takes to skimping on quality lightly. If you really want to experience what this wonderful grape is truly capable of, you must be willing to part with a little more cash than you might be used to for a New World wine.

Catena Alta Chardonnay – from Argentinian maestro Nicolás Catena – is a prime example of what can be accomplished with South American Chardonnay.

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It is human nature to categorise.

Ever since the caveman first simplified his world into two distinct lists:

1. I can eat this

2. This will eat me

we haven’t looked back.

We automatically place everything we see or do into a category or bracket. It is the only possible way to cope with the sheer amount of information we are exposed to on a daily basis and then, in turn, make rational decisions based on that information.

When buying wine we are subjected to countless categorisation – from colour, to grape, to country, to region… and, of course, price.

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