Chardonnay, Australia

Chardonnay is planted in almost every region in the world and makes a wide variety of wine styles from light-bodied, crisp and unoaked through to full-bodied, complex barrel matured versions. Chardonnay is an adaptable variety and can be grown in cool regions as well as warm areas. It is a productive, early budding and early ripening variety.

Chardonnay first came to Australia in the 1920s but didn’t find popularity until the 1970s. Grown all across the country the cool climate versions (like found in the Yarra Valley and Tasmania) tend to be lighter in body with higher acidity and more subtle flavours. Warm climate versions (found in Margaret River, Hunter Valley and the Adelaide Hills) tend to be more full-bodied with richer, riper fruit and bolder flavours.
The Australian wine industry is the fourth-largest exporter in the world, exporting 760 million litres to countries such as the UK, France, Italy and Spain. It has been one of the most successful “New World” wine-producing countries. It has done this by formally exporting and marketing its wines as a whole, through Wine Australia. There is also a significant domestic market for Australian wines, with Australians consuming nearly 500 million litres of wine per year. The wine industry is a significant contributor to the Australian economy through production, employment, export and tourism.

Wine regions are in almost all the states with Victoria having 21 regions! Read more about key wine regions such as Margaret River, Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Eden Valley, Clare Valley, Hunter Valley, Yarra Valley and local to New South Wales, Cowra, Southern Highlands and Mudgee.
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  1. Tyrrell'S 'Old Winery' Chardonnay 2021
    Tyrrell's Old Winery range is named after its historic winery in the Hunter Valley, built in 1863 for the first vintage in 1864. Medium bodied with a generously flavoured palate leaning toward a white peach/citrus flavour spectrum and a clean, crisp ... Learn More
  2. Thorn Clarke 'Sandpiper' Chardonnay 2020
    Grapefruit and lemon zest on the nose with green apple notes. The palate shows citrus and hints of tropical fruit. Subtle oak adds complexity and creamy notes to the palate. A wine of good flavour and balance, and excellent value! ... Learn More
  3. Mike Press 'Single Vineyard' Chardonnay 2021
    A lovely fresh, fruit-forward unoaked Chardonnay. The nose shows aromas of grapefruit, melons, apples and nectarines, with some grassy notes. Refreshing and crisp with nice complexity and minerality. The grapes are harvested early morning when the temperature is cool. Then ... Learn More
  4. Hero of Zero Blanc de Blancs NV
    Summary: The Hero of Zero wines are hand-crafted from the best quality fruit sourced from premium vineyards across South Australia, including McLaren Vale and the Barossa. With meticulous handling in the vineyard and winery, the pristine fruit will have less ... Learn More
  5. Elephant In The Room Chardonnay 2021
    Pale yellow in colour with a restrained nose of stone fruit and white peach, struck match and notes of creamy oak. The palate is bold and upfront with a burst of peach, guava and melon flavours and a rich and ... Learn More
  6. Zilzie 'Yarra Valley' Chardonnay 2020
    The Zilzie Regional Collection showcases textbook examples of varietal & regional expressions whilst being excellent value for money. This delicious chardonnay exhibits typically Yarra Valley aromas of citrus, peach and nectarine with subtle vanillin and barrel fermentation characters. The palate shows ... Learn More
  7. West Cape Howe 'Old School' Chardonnay 2021
    A richly textured Chardonnay. Lovely aromas of fresh, toasty French oak with light buttery characters (reminiscent of a freshly baked almond croissant!). Has those ‘baked pastry’ characters along with the peachy/stone fruit flavours typical of Chardonnay. There’s a ... Learn More
  8. Tyrrell's Hunter Valley Chardonnay 2021
    The ‘baby brother’ to the famous Vat 47 Chardonnay. Excellent drinking on release and will develop in complexity with short term bottle age. A citrus nose with a slight hint of oak. A weighted palate that is generous and has the ... Learn More
  9. De Iuliis Estate Chardonnay 2020
    Mouth filling and elegant, this hand crafted wine is a great example of a modern Hunter Chardonnay. The rich fruit palate with peach, melon and almond flavours is balanced by the creamy texture from French Oak treatment A rich fruit ... Learn More
  10. Punt Road Chardonnay 2021
    Yarra Valley Chardonnay done very well under the watch of Punt Road's Tim Shand. This is such an exceptional Chardonnay at the price - fruit quality, balance, refreshment and extraordinary length of flavour. Notes of lime pith and stone fruit. ... Learn More
  11. Crittenden Geppetto Chardonnay 2020
    Great value, medium-bodied King Valley Chardonnay here from Rollo Crittenden. No need to cellar this beauty! Richly-fruited, supple and generous - chill well and enjoy with or without food. Mid lemon gold Citrus, stone fruit, nuts and almond meal. Medium ... Learn More
  12. Syp Double Love Trouble Chardonnay Chapter 4 2019
    This small-batch first release was drawn from the same vineyard as Adelina's Refusal to Lie. It's a wine "for consumption or bathing in," notes Col. It's loaded up with that classic Australian Chardonnay nuts-and-peach, and more than a touch of ... Learn More
  13. Tread Softly Yarra Valley Premium Chardonnay 2020 (Low Alc.)
    Tread Softly is a contemporary range of wines seeking to deliver delicious, freshly flavoured wines that are naturally medium weighted and moderate in alcohol. By using more sustainable vineyard management and wine-making techniques to ensure their production has had a ... Learn More
  14. Bimbadgen Hunter Valley Cuvee NV
    A new wine in the Sparkling range. The chance to blend Hunter Semillon with Chardonnay in a sparkling wine is one not to be passed up. Semillon brings lively freshness and drive, with chardonnay creating a textural and drinkability to ... Learn More
  15. Lake Breeze Reserve Chardonnay 2019
    The surprisingly cool, maritime conditions at Langhorne Creek allow for a slow even ripening where fresh natural acidity and varietal fruit characters are retained. The grapes for the 2019 Reserve Chardonnay were picked from the most outstanding block of chardonnay on ... Learn More
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  16. Credaro Kinship Chardonnay 2020
    A fragrant bouquet of white flowers, nectarine and pear with underlying cashew and citrus notes. Lovely toasty oak florals help lift to white flower bouquet. The palate is simply beautiful with stone fruit and fresh citrus flavours and creamy biscuit ... Learn More
  17. Frankland Estate Chardonnay 2019
    100% organically grown chardonnay from the Isolation Ridge vineyard. Lifted cedar toastiness complements the grapefruit and lemon notes. Nutty hints underlying a restrained spice note. Lively citrus zest on the front palate. Lifted citrus, tangerine and stone fruit notes follow a ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
  18. Toolangi Chardonnay 2019
    Selectively hand-harvested, low cropped fruit from the Dixons Creek Vineyard in the Yarra Valley. Smooth and creamy with a luscious core of stone fruit, pear and apple, it’s scented with delicate floral notes, grapefruit and charcuterie, creamy complexity, coriander ... Learn More
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
  19. Windowrie 'Family Reserve' Chardonnay 2021
    Fruit for this wine was selected from Windowries original planting of Chardonnay. The block was planted in 1988. Aromas of white peach, white flower and grilled almonds are complimented well with seasoned oak spice and minerality. The palate is textural and ... Learn More
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    Mark Faber
  20. La Petite Mort Chardonnay 2019
    Gorgeous spicy, cedary French oak blends seamlessly with pithy, pink grapefruit and ripe tangelo notes in this bold, yet balanced, expression of newschool Australian Chardonnay. As it starts to mellow in its old age, the creamy Malo-lactic characters are really ... Learn More
  21. Domaine Naturaliste Floris Chardonnay 2020
    "Floris is a modern and engaging expression of our local clone into wine. This style is a co-evolution of Modern Australian food and wine culture, which has great emphasis on balance, freshness and hedonistic pleasure. The sustainably farmed vineyard is ... Learn More
  22. Frogmore Creek Chardonnay 2020
    Fresh and creamy, this delicious Tasmanian Chardonnay has tasty floral and lightly toasted nut aromas all balanced by subtle oak and minerality. It’s lush and creamy with nectarine, peach and citrus flavours and zippy acidity. Cellar it for 2+ years ... Learn More
  23. Shadowfax Macedon Ranges Chardonnay 2020
    2020 Shadowfax Macedon Ranges Chardonnay comes from three superb, unique sites: Midhill, Mt Macedon and Little Hampton. A late and wet 2019 spring in the Macedon Ranges set small crops. Then 2020's cool summer and mild spring led to a very long ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
  24. Crittenden Peninsula Chardonnay 2018
    A bright and elegant young chardonnay. Minerals and grapefruit lead the nose, spicy oak is latent, vanilla and cashews also lurking. Medium-weight on the palate, fruit is concentrated enough, length is carried by lovely, lemony acidity. Structure sacrificed for early ... Learn More
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    Nick Butler
  25. Mac Forbes Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2020
    Recognised across the Valley as a great season for Chardonnay, our 2020 Yarra Valley Chardonnay is zesty, pithy and bursting with crushed florals. Crunchy acidity and plenty of backbone makes this a perfect wine for lazy Sunday afternoons with half a ... Learn More
  26. Silkman Chardonnay 2018
    We sourced our Estate Chardonnay fruit from two outstanding parcels both on loam soils. One Vineyard is in the heart of Pokolbin while the other is from the Western fringe of the Hunter Valley Both parcels deliver a more intense ... Learn More
  27. Yves Premium Cuvee NV
    A new wine in the Sparkling range. A truly exceptional expression of chardonnay - Pale yellow with fine bubbles and persistent mousse. Delicate and floral, with a creamy mid-palate and a lingering, zippy finish. ... Learn More
  28. Spring Vale Freycinet Coast Melrose Chardonnay 2020
    Very crisp and bright. Lovely wine and very refreshing. - Huon Hooke Spring Vale is a small 5th generation family owned vineyard since 1875, located in Cranbrook on Tasmania's stunning Freycinet Coast. Balances pristine fruit with vibrant acidity. The nose on ... Learn More
  29. Ponting Wines 'Pioneer' Chardonnay 2020
    Ponting Wines is a collaboration between one of Australia’s most celebrated cricketers, Ricky Ponting and Ben Riggs, an award-winning Australian winemaker known for uncompromising, high quality wines. Masters of their craft, their partnership has been forged to celebrate their ... Learn More
  30. Woodlands Wilyabrup Valley Chardonnay 2020
    Remarkably complex and charming for such a modestly priced Margaret River chardy, with creamy lees and refined fruit aromas. - Huon Hooke The little sister to Chloe, Woodlands’ flagship estate-grown chardonnay. This Chardonnay is produced solely from prime established vineyards ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  31. Kooyong Clonale Chardonnay 2019
    Attractive citrus scents combine with blossoming white flowers and honeysuckle on the nose. Fresh mandarin and ginger spice dominate the palate with lemon pith, white nectarine and toasted cashew. The briny acidity provides a linear freshness resulting in excellent length ... Learn More
  32. Bondar Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2020
    It has perfect balance and a freshness to the white peach, melon and grapefruit flavours. The finish and aftertaste are the high points of a high class wine. - James Halliday Fruit sourced from a single vineyard in Echunga in ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
  33. Medhurst Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2020
    This Yarra Valley Chardonnay was made from fruit sourced entirely from Medhurst Estate Vineyard. All fruit handpicked whole bunch pressed and fermented in French oak (10% new) where Indigenous fermentation in barrel lasting around one month. We decided to put one ... Learn More
  34. Hungerford Hill Preservative Free Tumbarumba Chardonnay 2021
    Hailing from the high-altitude region of Tumbarumba, this is a full bodied white wine from a very challenging vintage throughout Australia, exemplifying why Tumbarumba has become known as a premium Chardonnay producing region. Bright straw yellow with a youthful green ... Learn More
  35. Hungerford Hill Preservative Free Hunter Valley Semillon 2018
    Semillon from the Hunter Valley is a distinctive and unique wine. Semillon thrives in the warm and humid climate of the Hunter and produces high quality fruit. The wines are light bodied and delicate with distinctive citrus fruit and a ... Learn More
  36. Oakridge Vineyard Series Henk Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2018
    Since its founding in 1978, Oakridge has been making wines in the Yarra Valley and has produced some of the finest examples of cool climate wines seen in Australia. Oakridge is family owned, with a philosophy of producing wines that reflect ... Learn More
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  37. S.C. Pannell Piccadilly Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay is Steve Pannell’s favourite white grape and for him it is all about the complexity and the reductive notes achieved through natural fermentation, the use of very large French oak and settling on lees in tank for three ... Learn More
  38. Yabby Lake Single Vineyard Chardonnay 2019
    Defined by its citrus blossom aromatic lift and precise long, lingering finish. Characteristic pristine, pure and intense aroma. The palate is poised and complex. Tightly wound together with a precise minerality, the wine has beautiful line and length. Each parcel ... Learn More
  39. Finisterre Margaret River Chardonnay 2018
    GOLD MEDAL WINNER, Wine Show of Western Australia 2020 “2018 was the best vintage in 25 years” -Larry Cherubino, Finisterre winemaker Larry Cherubino is one of West Australia, indeed Australia’s leading winemakers, Larry has been twice acknowledged as Australian Winemaker of the ... Learn More
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
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  40. Mountadam 'High Eden' Chardonnay 2018
    Made using traditional methods; a blend of the exclusive multi-clonal resources available on the estate. Lightly Golden colour, with classic Chardonnay fruit aromas of peach, nectarine and ripe figs. Typical of Mountadam Chardonnay there are flavors of grilled nuts with ... Learn More
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    Ned Goodwin MW
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