Chardonnay, Pinot Noir

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.
Pinot Noir is a red grape that is one of the most challenging to grow in any part of the world. Due to its thin skin and tight bunches, it is susceptible to both mould and disease. However, when it is successful, it produces some of the most amazing wines in the world. Although its home is Burgundy, it has emerged as a popular variety in Australia. Representing only 1% of grapes crushed, it has built a high profile with a number of world-class, distinctly Australian wines being produced. The greatest examples coming from the cool climates of the Adelaide Hills, Tasmania, Mornington Peninsula, Geelong and the Yarra Valley.

Pinot Noir performs well on the deepish limestone based subsoils that are found on Burgundy's Côte d'Or. However, yields need to be kept in check. Pinot Noir's concentration and varietal characters disappear rapidly if yields are excessive. Some of the best and most expensive wines in the world are still found in Burgundy.

Pinot Noir also plays a key role in Champagne, being blended with Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. In the US, Oregon and Washington state are producing outstanding wines. In New Zealand, great Pinot Noirs are crafted in Martinborough and in Central Otago, New Zealand's only true continental climate.

The thin skins of Pinot Noir mean the wines are lighter in colour, body and tannins. However, the best wines have grippy tannins, fragrance and an intensity of fruit seldom found in wine from other grapes. Young Pinot Noir can smell almost sweet, but as it matures, the best wines develop a sensuous, silky mouthfeel with the fruit flavours deepening and gamey nuances emerging.
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  1. 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
  2. PLUS & MINUS PINOT NOIR 2020
    Plus & Minus is a contemporary range of wines developed to be richer in antioxidants, minus the alcohol. These 0% alcohol wines have been hand-made without the use of any artificial sweeteners but do see the addition of grape seed extract (GSE) ... Learn More
  3. THORN CLARKE 'SANDPIPER' CHARDONNAY 2019
    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
  4. MIKE PRESS 'SINGLE VINEYARD' CHARDONNAY 2018
    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
  5. MIKE PRESS 'SINGLE VINEYARD' CHARDONNAY 2017
    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
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  6. GIESEN CHARDONNAY 2018
    Giesen's Estate Chardonnay is wine that's very approachable in youth and suitable for any occasion. The fruit is sourced from a premium Hawke’s Bay vineyard, producing a Chardonnay with good fruit intensity and a touch of complexity through lees ... Learn More
  7. ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM CHARDONNAY 2020
    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
  8. ZILZIE 'YARRA VALLEY' CHARDONNAY 2019
    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
  9. ROAD TO ENLIGHTENMENT CHARDONNAY 2019
    A ripe nose of stone fruits and lemon peel, with subtle cinnamon, nuts and toast aromas. The wine is ripe yet super-fresh and mouth-filling. An excellent accompaniment to richer or creamier dishes as well being wonderful on it’s own. ... Learn More
  10. ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM CHARDONNAY 2019
    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
  11. ROAD TO ENLIGHTENMENT PINOT NOIR 2019
    Lifted aromas of plum, cherry, rose petal, cedar and undergrowth. This is an easy yet mouth-filling and intensely flavoured wine showing bright fruit flavours with spice and character. A freshness in natural acidity from cooler sites and fine-grained tannins drive ... Learn More
  12. ROAD TO ENLIGHTENMENT CHARDONNAY 2018
    A ripe nose of stone fruits and lemon peel, with subtle cinnamon, nuts and toast aromas. The wine is ripe yet super-fresh and mouth-filling. An excellent accompaniment to richer or creamier dishes as well being wonderful on it’s own. ... Learn More
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  13. ZILZIE 'YARRA VALLEY' CHARDONNAY 2017
    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
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  14. ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM CHARDONNAY 2018
    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
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  15. KINDRED SPIRITS PINOT NOIR 2014
    The Kindred Spirits Hawkes Bay Pinot Noir is sourced from the maritime Te Awanga sub-region of Hawkes Bay from a 12 year old vineyard. A lifted and expressive nose with an array of red cherry, wild forest and almost gamey aromas. ... Learn More
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  16. FAT BASTARD CALIFORNIA CHARDONNAY 2018
    Ripe, fleshy stone fruits with hints of vanilla and honeysuckle and lashings of delicate, buttery sweet almond crossiant. No surprises here - Fat Bastard Chardonnay has an opulent, luscious palate of grilled pineapple and juicy clingstone peach, followed by spiced ... Learn More
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  17. LE CHAT NOIR PINOT NOIR 2018
    Le Chat Noir is a range of modern French wines created by Vincent Charleux. Aromas of strawberries, blackberries and spiced plums, with a hint of dried roses. The palate is light-medium bodied, with bright red berries, a touch of savouriness, ... Learn More
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  18. UNITED CELLARS PINOT NOIR BY BRUCE TYRRELL 2018
    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
  19. 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
  20. BERTAINE ET FILS PINOT NOIR 2018
    The nose displays raspberry and cherry aromas with a hint of fresh herbs. A light-medium bodied palate, with ripe fruit flavours of red currant, cherry and strawberry fruits. Some hints of baking spices and subtle oak in the background. To ... Learn More
  21. BERTAINE ET FILS PINOT NOIR 2017
    The nose displays raspberry and cherry aromas with a hint of fresh herbs. A light-medium bodied palate, with ripe fruit flavours of red currant, cherry and strawberry fruits. Some hints of baking spices and subtle oak in the background. To ... Learn More
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  22. 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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  23. WEST CAPE HOWE 'OLD SCHOOL' CHARDONNAY 2019
    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
  24. WEST CAPE HOWE 'OLD SCHOOL' CHARDONNAY 2018
    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
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  25. JOSEF CHROMY 'PEPIK' PINOT NOIR 2019
    Brimming with aromas of raspberry and red mulberry, with hints of dark cherry, complex spice and smoky undertones. Washes over the palate with bright red cherries, raspberry and subtle, juicy tannin. 100% estate-grown Pinot Noir. Drink now to 2021. ... Learn More
  26. 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
  27. THE HARE AND THE TORTOISE PINOT NOIR 2019
    Finding quality Pinot Noir under $20 can prove a difficult task - so imagine our excitement when this gem arrived in the hands of our tasting panel! Lifted, pretty nose displaying typical Yarra Valley Pinot characters. Pretty fruit, with a hint ... Learn More
  28. 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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  29. JOSEF CHROMY 'PEPIK' PINOT NOIR 2017
    Brimming with aromas of raspberry and red mulberry, with hints of dark cherry, complex spice and smoky undertones. Washes over the palate with bright red cherries, raspberry and subtle, juicy tannin. 100% estate-grown Pinot Noir. Drink now to 2021. ... Learn More
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  30. WICKHAMS ROAD GIPPSLAND PINOT NOIR 2018
    Made by the Hoddles Creek team; the Wickhams Road wines are made with the same philosophy used with Hoddles Creek and sourced from the same vineyards ... Learn More
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  31. TREAD SOFTLY YARRA VALLEY PREMIUM CHARDONNAY 2020
    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
  32. UNITED CELLARS SELECTION 'ROSE BY TOM BARRY' 2019
    WINNER; James Halliday's Wine Companion 2020 WINERY OF THE YEAR! Made in partnership with the Jim Barry family wine company - one of Australia's best producers - from a Single Vineyard in Kuitpo (sub region of Adelaide Hills) planted in 2002. Beautiful ... Learn More
  33. AIRLIE BANK PINOT NOIR 2020
    A medium bodied palate with vibrant cherry and plum flavours. Hints of spice and oak. Cherry and plum aromas, with light smokiness, spice and floral notes. So much drinking pleasure to be had in this bright fruited Pinot Noir! Buy ... Learn More
  34. PUNT ROAD CHARDONNAY 2019
    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
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    Gary Walsh
  35. SAINT AND SCHOLAR PINOT NOIR ROSE 2019
    An intriguing wine, firstly boasting a pale salmon colour, closely mimicking the fine Rose wines made out of Provence, France. Like a kid in a candy shop, the Saint and Scholar Rose shows mouth-watering Strawberry and Creams, along with sweet ... Learn More
  36. UNITED CELLARS SELECTION 'ROSE BY TOM BARRY' 2018
    WINNER; James Halliday's Wine Companion 2020 WINERY OF THE YEAR! Made in partnership with the Jim Barry family wine company - one of Australia's best producers - from a Single Vineyard in Kuitpo (sub region of Adelaide Hills) planted in 2002. Beautiful ... Learn More
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  37. RIPOSTE 'THE DAGGER' PINOT NOIR 2017
    Fruit is sourced from two great vineyard sites at Charleston and Gumeracha in the Adelaide Hills. Displays all of the hallmark aromas, flavours and texture of Pinot Noir. Striking floral edges with cuts of bright red berries combine on the ... Learn More
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  38. PHILIP SHAW 'THE WIRE WALKER' PINOT NOIR 2018
    The high altitude, age and aspect of Orange and in particular the Koomooloo vineyard has ideal conditions for producing a Pinot Noir of great complexity ... Learn More
  39. SECRET DEAL ADELAIDE HILLS CHARDONNAY 2018
    The 2018 Chardonnay reveals a supple core of white stone fruit and citrus blossom overlaid with tempered edges of minerality. On the palate bright varietal fruit is guided to the finish with nuances of French oak and crisp acidity. The Chardonnay ... Learn More
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  40. THE LANE BLOCK 1A ADELAIDE HILLS CHARDONNAY 2019
    "This is the finest value Chardonnay I have tasted in the last 12 months, not just from Australia, but from anywhere on earth" - Matthew Jukes The Lane Vineyard Block Series show true varietal character and the influence of the terroir ... Learn More
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