Chardonnay, Hunter Valley

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.
Internationally, Hunter Valley is one of Australia’s two most well known wine regions, alongside Barossa Valley in South Australia. Located about a two hour drive north of Sydney, the region is very popular for weekend escapes from the city of Sydney.

Hunter Valley’s climate includes regular droughts or floods, seemingly less than desirable conditions to grow grapes, with the hot, humid summers and cool winters. Nevertheless, the region has been under cultivation since the 1800’s and is responsible for putting Australian wine, in particular Sémillon and to a lesser extent Shiraz, on the world wine map. Winemaking pioneers such as Bruce Tyrrell (Tyrrell's Wines) and Len Evans helped the region gain worldwide recognition.

The famous Hunter valley Sémillon was for many years known as ‘Hunter Valley Riesling’ and is never matured in oak. It is however one of the most ageworthy whites in the country with bottles showing an inordinate ability to age gracefully. Bottle-aged Sémillons will often exhibit burnt toast and honey characteristics, slight nutty notes and supremely complex flavours on the palate. This palate complexity is coupled with soft acidity and the finish can be very long indeed.
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  1. Tyrrell'S 'Old Winery' Chardonnay 2020
    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. Tyrrell'S 'Old Winery' Chardonnay 2019
    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
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  3. United Cellars Chardonnay By Bruce Tyrrell 2020
    The United Cellars 'Varietal' Range brings you the most popular varieties, made by some of the best and most-respected winemakers for an unbeatable price. Designed for immediate enjoyment, the Varietal Range promises to provide a quality wine to suit every ... Learn More
  4. United Cellars Chardonnay By Bruce Tyrrell 2019
    The United Cellars 'Varietal' Range brings you the most popular varieties, made by some of the best and most-respected winemakers for an unbeatable price. Designed for immediate enjoyment, the Varietal Range promises to provide a quality wine to suit every ... Learn More
  5. California Dreamin' Chardonnay 2017
    Inspired by the land of freedom and the state that inspired the “Summer of Love“ California Dreamin’ is all about flavour! Expressive and opulent wines full of mouth-filling flavour, maximum complexity and rewarding drinkability. Sourced from two established vineyards on ... Learn More
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  6. De Iuliis Estate Chardonnay 2019
    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
  7. Tyrrell's Hunter Valley Chardonnay 2019
    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
  8. Tyrrell'S Hunter Valley Chardonnay 2018
    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
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  9. Scarborough Yellow Label Chardonnay 2018
    Perfumed French oak with stone fruit, vanilla and spice continue through to the textured palate with a long, beautiful finish. Released with bottle maturity this delicious, full-flavoured style of Chardonnay is matured for 12 months in French oak of varying ages ... Learn More
  10. Scarborough Yellow Label Chardonnay 2017
    Perfumed French oak with stone fruit, vanilla and spice continue through to the textured palate with a long, beautiful finish. Released with bottle maturity this delicious, full-flavoured style of Chardonnay is matured for 12 months in French oak of varying ages ... Learn More
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  11. 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
  12. Silkman 'Reserve' Chardonnay 2017
    Hints of grapefruit and flint meld together to deliver a complex and refreshing nose with generous citrus notes. Grapefruit flavours flow onto the palate with a great length driven by flavours of white peach and secondary notes of struck match. ... Learn More
  13. Tyrrell'S Belford Chardonnay 2017
    2017 was an exceptional vintage in the Hunter Valley. Sourced from vines planted in 1991. Basket pressed before going into stainless steel for 3 days. Once fermentation began the juice was transferred to French oak barriques, a tiny percentage new oak. 8 months maturation ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
  14. Silkman 'Reserve' Chardonnay 2016
    Hints of grapefruit and flint meld together to deliver a complex and refreshing nose with generous citrus notes. Grapefruit flavours flow onto the palate with a great length driven by flavours of white peach and secondary notes of struck match. ... Learn More
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  15. Tyrrell'S Belford Chardonnay 2015
    Belford is a district, and a number of wineries use the name - thus this is a single vineyard from within the district. Although the fermentation was initiated in stainless steel, it was completed in French barriques (20% new). The nose ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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    James Halliday
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  16. Tyrrell'S Vat 47 Chardonnay 2018
    The nose shows delicate citrus and white stonefruit with a hint of oak and sulphide lift. The palate has the generosity of Chardonnay in a toned down form. The fruit is balanced well with the fresh acidity and slight textural ... Learn More
  17. Tyrrell'S 'Vat 47' Chardonnay 2017
    The nose shows delicate citrus and white stonefruit with a hint of oak and sulphide lift. The palate has the generosity of Chardonnay in a toned down form. The fruit is balanced well with the fresh acidity and slight textural ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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    Lester Jesberg
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  18. Tyrrell'S 'Vat 47' Chardonnay 2009
    Situated between two dry creek beds, the HVD (Hunter Valley Distillery) vineyard was planted in 1908 and is believed to be the oldest Chardonnay vineyard in the world. WINNER of 3 Gold Medals ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
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    James Halliday
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