Great Wine : 2017 Taylors, Jaraman, Chardonnay, Clare Valley & Margaret River

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I’ve been focusing on Red Wines in the main since I began this blog, and it’s not because I don’t love a good white, but because I’ve been focused on weight loss the last year or so, and my scales tell me consistently that I lose weight when I drink Red Wine, and I gain weight when I drink White Wine.

That said, I’ve done a great job of giving you a magnificent list of Red Wines for the Christmas Dinner table, or to gift to your wine loving friends and family.

But pretty much every Christmas Table also needs a white wine, to go with Chicken, Pork, Prawns, or just to satisfy those who prefer a nice white.

So I went to Dan Murphy’s today and chose 4 wines in my half dozen I’ll drink in the days ahead that might give you some good recommendations for those who prefer a White.

One of them that I had tonight was a beautiful Chardonnay, that I haven’t had before, but which comes from a stable that never disappoints. It was a Taylors, Jaraman made from a blend of Chardonnay grapes from the Clare Valley in South Australia, and Margaret River in Western Australia.


Taylors is a benchmark wine maker, and their Jaraman Label is one they reserve for finding parcels of grapes they can blend together from amongst the best of a vintage to make a Premium Varietal that will not disappoint.

I adore a good Chardonnay, and this one was especially adorable. I chose my Stemless Riedel Chardonnay Glasses to try it in, because Glassware changes everything! If you are doing gifts for a Chardonnay drinker you really love perhaps you should team a bottle of the Jaraman with a pair of Stemless Riedel Chardonnay glasses. If you were my friend or family member, I’d love you forever.

The wine had a beautiful balanced and fully forward palate of fruit, that represents the best of the style. I had my first sips before we ate, and they were a joy to experience, dinner was a flavoursome Chinese Meal and the fruit and the spice of the wine reached through the strong flavours of the food and was a cleansing and flavoursome addition to the meal, and after I finished my meal it continued to be a beautiful experience for my palate to the last drop, including a subtle ‘Dancing on the Tongue Acidity’.



At $AUD 19.95 at Dan Murphys this wine comes into the Premium Wine segment, and represents very good value in the under $20 category. I always feel like the Jaraman Label is one that has been very well designed and exudes quality. The Jaraman wines have never let me down, and their Shiraz is ‘to die for’. This wine belongs both on the Christmas Table and in the gift sacks for the Chardonnay drinkers you love.

If you want a Great White Wine, and especially to satisfy the discerning Chardonnay drinkers in your life, this is one that won’t let you down.

Wine Experience : 91 / 100
Value : 90 / 100

Ura P Auckland

Lover of Great Wine
Entrepreneur and Mentor
Benefactor of Dreams

Image Attributions:

  1. Taylors Jaraman Chardonnay on shelf at DM – Photo by Ura P Auckland 2018-12-11
  2. Taylors Jaraman Chardonnay at dinner – Photo by Ura P Auckland 2018-12-11

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