Chardonnay, Margaret River

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.
Margaret River is the name of a river, town and key wine region. It is one of the younger viticultural regions in Australia, quickly gaining popularity for its world-class wine. Located 280km South of Perth in Western Australia, the first plantings were only made in 1967. The region has grown rapidly and is recognised as one of the great wine-producing regions of the world, with over 200 wineries in operation. Made up of predominantly boutique producers, with a number of big player wineries also, the region makes up only 3% of the Australian wine production, but commands over 20% of the premium wine market. The wineries in the region are vibrant, innovative and progressive in their approach to viticulture.

The Mediterranean style climate provides superior maritime growing conditions, with vines not affected by extreme summer and winter temperatures. The region is well known for producing outstanding red wines; Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and to a lesser extent Shiraz, Tempranillo and Malbec. Both straight varietals and famous Bordeaux blends can be outstanding.

In the white wines, Chardonnays of great depth and character, and fresh Semillon Sauvignon Blanc blends are the main varietals the region is famous for. Lesser quantities of Viognier, Riesling and Muscat are also produced.
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  1. Pedestal Margaret River Chardonnay 2019
    Pedestal wines are from Margaret River fruit and this vintage with fruit from the sub-region of Karridale, by the highly skilled Larry Cherubino (Winery Of The Year 2011 – James Halliday, Producer Of The Year 2011 – Matt Skinner’s Wine Guide). The Pedestal ... Learn More
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  2. 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
  3. Credaro Kinship Chardonnay 2019
    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
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  4. 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
  5. Domaine Naturaliste Floris Chardonnay 2019
    "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
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  6. Domaine Naturaliste Floris Chardonnay 2018
    "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
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  7. Leeuwin Estate 'Prelude' Chardonnay 2019
    Baby brother to the “Art Series” Chardonnay which tends to take centre stage, but this Prelude is a cracker as a wine with finesse and balance modestly carrying all the hallmarks of the variety and the region. ... Learn More
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  8. Lenton Brae 'Campanology' Chardonnay 2019
    A lovely nose of lemon, white nectarine and white flowers. A gentle nuttiness and well balanced oak adds complexity. On the palate there is a plush honeydew melon & white peach core, framed by oak and a bright refreshing acid structure. ... Learn More
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    Mark Faber
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  9. Leeuwin Estate 'Prelude' Chardonnay 2018
    Baby brother to the “Art Series” Chardonnay which tends to take centre stage, but this Prelude is a cracker as a wine with finesse and balance modestly carrying all the hallmarks of the variety and the region. ... Learn More
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  10. Leeuwin Estate 'Prelude' Chardonnay 2017
    Baby brother to the “Art Series” Chardonnay which tends to take centre stage, but this Prelude is a cracker as a wine with finesse and balance modestly carrying all the hallmarks of the variety and the region. ... Learn More
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  11. Fraser Gallop Parterre Chardonnay 2016
    Fraser Gallop produce their Parterre Chardonnay from the Gin-Gin clone which they feel produces fruit with higher acidity and more intensity of flavour with later ripening. The 2016 vintage was matured in a combination of new and older French oak barriques ... Learn More
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  12. South by Southwest Chardonnay 2019
    South by South West was created by Mijan Patterson and Livia Maiorana. A small-batch artisan winemaker based in the Margaret River wine region of Western Australia. Aromas of lifted intense varietal characteristics of stone fruit with a hint of lemon, ... Learn More
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  13. Leeuwin Estate 'Prelude' Chardonnay 2020
    Baby brother to the “Art Series” Chardonnay which tends to take centre stage, but this Prelude is a cracker as a wine with finesse and balance modestly carrying all the hallmarks of the variety and the region. ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
  14. 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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  15. Woodlands Wilyabrup Valley Chardonnay 2019
    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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  16. Fire Gully Chardonnay 2020
    Pierro is one of the few Australian wineries that could claim to have established a trend that many others have followed. Since the mid-1980s Mike Peterkin has crafted a Chardonnay of not only monumental power, but of simultaneously smooth ... Learn More
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  17. 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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  18. Clairault Streicker Ironstone Block Old Vine Chardonnay 2018
    The fruit is chilled and whole-cluster pressed to retain freshness and cultivate texture and structure. The juice is settled cold and racked after 2 days, harvesting only the lightest and most delicate grape solids to further aid in textural and aromatic ... Learn More
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  19. Domaine Naturaliste Artus Chardonnay 2020
    Produced by the exceptionally talented & vibrant Bruce Dukes. A lifted nose of poached pears, butterscotch and marzipan. Flavours of fresh nectarines and candied pecan nuts. Very complex & textural with hints of funky oak. The cloudy juice from the hand picked ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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    James Halliday
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  20. Domaine Naturaliste Artus Chardonnay 2018
    Produced by the exceptionally talented & vibrant Bruce Dukes. A lifted nose of poached pears, butterscotch and marzipan. Flavours of fresh nectarines and candied pecan nuts. Very complex & textural with hints of funky oak. The cloudy juice from the hand picked ... Learn More
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  21. Woodlands Brook Vineyard Chardonnay 2020
    This Chardonnay is produced from a 7 hectare close-planted plot of selection massale Wenté (Mendoza) clone vines on the Woodlands Brook Vineyard. This wine is an intense pale straw colour. The nose is fine, delicate, and aromatic - showing white peach, ... Learn More
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  22. Atticus Margaret River Chardonnay 2011
    Single Vineyard Margaret River Chardonnay; A delightfully complex wine that is Burgundian in style with savoury notes on the nose highlighting its barrel ferment character. Elegance and finesse are immediately evident on the lingering palate, with nectarine and white peach ... Learn More
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  23. Hamelin Bay Five Ashes Reserve Chardonnay 2017
    Great precision and persistence. It's built on mouthwatering acidity. A truly wonderful chardonnay. - Huon Hooke Margaret River is Western Australia`s premier and fashionable vineyard region. Situated along the coast three hours south of Perth, this picturesque region is ... Learn More
  24. Mchenry Hohnen 'Hazel' Chardonnay 2018
    Tagging themselves as ‘Sustainable Farmers’ the approach was to treat their vineyards organically from the beginning. Certification came later, but for the Sustainable Farmers it was the only way. McHenry Hohnen wines are certified organic, with all fruit from the ... Learn More
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  25. Mchenry Hohnen 'Burnside' Chardonnay 2018
    David Hohnen, not content with founding both Cape Mentelle and Cloudy Bay, also established McHenry Hohnen in 2004. It was a partnership with his brother in law, Murray McHenry, a well-known hotelier and retailer, who had planted his first vines twenty ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
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  26. Stella Bella Luminosa Margaret River Chardonnay 2019
    Stella Bella is one of the most successful wineries in WA, consistently delivering excellent examples of the styles of wine that Margaret River does best. Their premium range, Luminosa provides the team an opportunity to display the elegance, character and ... Learn More
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  27. Hutton Wines Triptych Reserve Chardonnay 2019
    Fruit for the 2019 Hutton Triptych Reserve Margaret River Chardonnay was sourced from the Wildberry Springs vineyard in Wilyabrup. The Gin Gin and clone 5 grapes were hand picked in March, chilled overnight, then gently whole-bunch pressed. The free run juice and ... Learn More
  28. Vasse Felix 'Heytesbury' Chardonnay 2019
    A selection of the most unique and striking vineyard plots, recognised for its innovative winemaking and distinguishing 'Heytesbury' character. Elegant, fragrant notes of hazelnut, mealy wafer and brioche intertwine with grapefruit, hints of fine lemon pith and honey dew melon. ... Learn More
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  29. Moss Wood Chardonnay 2020
    Cellaring time will be typical Moss Wood, with the wine requiring at least 10 years aging to develop the beginnings of its bottle bouquet but a further 10 years beyond that to reach full maturity. In the meantime, it will be just ... Learn More
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  30. Pierro Chardonnay 2019
    Pierro is one of the few Australian wineries that could claim to have established a trend that many others have followed. Since the mid-1980s Mike Peterkin has crafted a Chardonnay of not only monumental power, but of simultaneously smooth ... Learn More
    Pierro Chardonnay 2019
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    Gary Walsh
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  31. Pierro Chardonnay 2018
    Pierro is one of the few Australian wineries that could claim to have established a trend that many others have followed. Since the mid-1980s Mike Peterkin has crafted a Chardonnay of not only monumental power, but of simultaneously smooth ... Learn More
    Pierro Chardonnay 2018
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  32. Vasse Felix 'Heytesbury' Chardonnay 2020
    A selection of the most unique and striking vineyard plots, recognised for its innovative winemaking and distinguishing 'Heytesbury' character. Elegant, fragrant notes of hazelnut, mealy wafer and brioche intertwine with grapefruit, hints of fine lemon pith and honey dew melon. ... Learn More
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  33. Pierro Chardonnay 2020
    Pierro is one of the few Australian wineries that could claim to have established a trend that many others have followed. Since the mid-1980s Mike Peterkin has crafted a Chardonnay of not only monumental power, but of simultaneously smooth ... Learn More
    Pierro Chardonnay 2020
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    Ray Jordan
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  34. Online Tasting Pack - Natural Wines Tasting Thursday 16th September 6:30pm aest

    Natural, organics, biodynamics, minimal-intervention, sustainability, these are just some of the current buzz-words in the wine world that most people will have heard or seen at one point or another. So what exactly are natural wines? Join this tasting ... Learn More

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  35. ONLINE TASTING PACK - OLD WORLD V NEW WORLD THURSDAY 18TH FEB 6:30PM AEDT

    **THIS ONLINE TASTING IS OVER**

    The ultimate debate in wine, Old World  V New World. Two Master of Wines' going head to head on arguably the most controversial subject in wine, we have Alistair ... Learn More

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  36. Leeuwin Estate 'Art Series' Chardonnay 2017
    The “Art Series” represents Leeuwin’s most opulent & ageworthy wines from each vintage. A pristine and lifted nose highlighted by Nashi pears, limes, white peach and fig. The primary fruits are complimented by nutmeg, cinnamon, almonds and sesame that creates ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
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  37. Xanadu Reserve Chardonnay 2018
    The Reserve range continues to be the best of what we are able to produce in a given vintage. Our 10th consecutive release of our Reserve Chardonnay, 100% of the fruit for this wine is from our oldest Chardonnay vineyard, the ... Learn More
  38. Cullen 'Kevin John' Chardonnay 2018
    Sensory arrangement of white flower, honey, orange blossom, fig, dried pear lime and an incredible perfume which invites you to take your first taste! Shows poise and balance with great length the mineral acidity driving the delicious Kevin john flavours ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
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  39. Cullen 'Kevin John' Chardonnay 2017
    Unquestionably one of the best Chardonnays produced in Australia from an extraordinary site. Perfumed with citrus, pear and stone fruit aromas which are enhanced by the barrel ageing. Multilayered and complex, combining Bosc pear, nectarine and citrus notes. Wonderfully balanced ... Learn More
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    Mike Bennie
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  40. ONLINE TASTING PACK - VARIETY COMPARISON OF CHARDONNAY

    **THIS ONLINE TASTING IS OVER**

    This pack contains a bottle of 3 different wines to be opened during an online tasting held on Thursday the 30th of April 2020. During the COVID-19 lockdown, we will be running ... Learn More

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