Chardonnay, Mendoza

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.
Mendoza is by far the largest wine region in Argentina. Located on a high-altitude plateau at the edge of the Andes Mountains, the province is responsible for roughly 70 percent of the country's annual wine production. The French grape variety Malbec has its New World home in the vineyards of Mendoza, producing red wines of great concentration and intensity.

The province lies on the western edge of Argentina, across the Andes Mountains from Chile. While the province is large (it covers a similar area to the state of New York), its viticultural land is clustered mainly in the northern part, just south of Mendoza City. Here, the regions of Lujan de Cuyo, Maipu and the Uco Valley are home to some of the biggest names in Argentinian wine.

This soil in this region is alluvial with rocky subsoil. It possesses sediments of sand, silt and clay. Its little organic matter restraints the grapevine’s growth and this results in excellent quality grapes suitable for winemaking. Malbec wines from this area hold outstanding features; red and violet tones with great intensity.
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  1. Terrazas De Los Andes Reserva Chardonnay 2019
    The alliance of character and elegance. For lovers of high-end wine, the unique Franco-Argentinian character of Terrazas de los Andes takes the experience even higher and even further. ... Learn More
  2. Bodegas Salentein Barrel Selection Chardonnay 2020
    The cold climate, vast thermal amplitude and humidity, together with stony soils rich in calcium carbonates and sustainable vineyard management, offer unique conditions to produce Chardonnay grapes of the highest quality. Winemaking with minimal intervention produces an exceptional expression of ... Learn More
  3. Bodegas Salentein Barrel Selection Chardonnay 2019
    The cold climate, vast thermal amplitude and humidity, together with stony soils rich in calcium carbonates and sustainable vineyard management, offer unique conditions to produce Chardonnay grapes of the highest quality. Winemaking with minimal intervention produces an exceptional expression of ... Learn More
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  4. Online Tasting Pack - International Chardonnay Day Tasting Thursday 27Th May 6:30Pm Aest

    For international Chardonnay day, we're going to celebrate appropriately! Chardonnay is one of the most widely-planted, divisive, as well as diverse grape varieties on earth. At this tasting will take a deep dive into this variety and look at 3 ... Learn More

  5. Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard 'White Stones' Chardonnay 2013
    White Stones Chardonnay comes from a select 27 rows within Block 1 of the Adrianna Vineyard. The name refers to the ground beneath the vines which is covered with gravel - oval white stones. "The 2013 White Stones Chardonnay had penetrating balsamic aromas ... Learn More
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  6. Bodega Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard 'White Bones' Chardonnay 2013
    Nicola Cantena planted his first Malbec vineyard in Mendoza in 1902 and today the estate is run by Nicholás Cantena and his daughter Laura. "The superb, elegant and aromatic 2013 White Bones Chardonnay seemed to jump out of the glass with ... Learn More
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