Chardonnay, Riesling

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.
Riesling is a white grape that is famous for its intense aromatics and crisp acidity. Riesling was the most planted white grape in Australia until the early 1990s when Chardonnay took over. Riesling flourishes in the Clare Valley, particularly Watervale, around the Polish Hill River, and in the cooler Eden Valley. Riesling is also being grown with increasing popularity in the Western Australia regions Albany, Frankland River and Porongorup. Australian Rieslings are noted for their citrus/lime fruit flavours in their youth and a smooth balance of freshness, lanolin and acid as they age. Australian botrytized Rieslings have immense levels of flavour concentration with beautiful acid and structure.

Riesling was first planted in New Zealand in the 1970s and has flourished in the relatively cool climates of the Marlborough, Central Otago area and for late harvests in the Nelson region.

Alsace is famous for producing outstanding Riesling from dry austere to Vendages Tardives and Sélection de Grains Nobles. They tend to be fuller, more savoury and viscous wines than those of other countries.

In Germany, Riesling constitutes around 20% of total plantings. The best examples are planted on south-facing slate-rich slopes. Germany produces many different styles from dry perfumed wines with racy, mineral acidity to exotically lush flavours of their great late harvest wines.
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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. 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
  3. 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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  4. 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
  5. ROAD TO ENLIGHTENMENT RIESLING 2019
    Road to Enlightenment Riesling is regional and varietally expressive - full of character and exceptionally drinkable. Sourced from a combination of older and younger vines in the heart of the Clare Valley, just off the Horrocks Highway to the north ... Learn More
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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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  10. THORN CLARKE 'SANDPIPER' RIESLING 2019
    The 2019 vintage was named in James Hallidays Top 100 wines October 2019. This wine is offering great vibrancy and freshness now, but will also develop beautifully with age. Bright ripe lemon fruit characters dominate the palate and crisp minerally acid forms the ... Learn More
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  11. 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
  12. WILLOW BRIDGE 'DRAGONFLY' CHARDONNAY 2019
    The Dragonfly range from Willow Bridge is consistently one of the best value set of wines in Australia. Incredible quality for the price! Lifted biscuit oak integrated with lemon zest and varietal white peach aromas. A core of intense stonefruit ... Learn More
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  13. FRANKLAND ESTATE 'ROCKY GULLY' RIESLING 2019
    Made to enjoy in its youth the Rocky Gully Riesling displays generosity of flavour and delicacy making it an ideal accompaniment with a wide range of foods and occasions. Fresh pear and citrus blossom aromas, as well as bath salt ... Learn More
  14. 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
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  15. 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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  16. WOODS CRAMPTON WHITE LABEL RIESLING 2018
    Sourced from three higher altitude and well established Eden Valley vineyards just below 600 metres. The nose is very fresh and restrained, tending towards citrus with subtle floral notes. The palate is elegant and pure with a core of delicate citrus ... Learn More
  17. 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
  18. NICK O'LEARY RIESLING 2018
    Aromatics of white flowers, apple blossom and citrus. The palate is generous with a powerful mix of Granny Smith apple and freshly squeezed lime. The mouth-watering natural acidity leads to a pristine palate of balance and length. ... Learn More
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  19. PIKES 'TRADITIONALE' RIESLING 2018
    With a history dating back to 1878, the Pike family has a past rich in brewing and winemaking. Current custodians, Neil & Andrew form a formidable partnership creating wines that express terroir magnificently. One of their icon wines, the 'Traditionale' Riesling manages ... Learn More
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  20. UNITED CELLARS SELECTION 'RIESLING BY TOM BARRY' 2017
    WINNER; James Halliday's Wine Companion 2020 WINERY OF THE YEAR! Sourced from both the prestigious Watervale sub region and the Barry’s own 40 yr old Lodge Hill vineyard in the Clare Valley. The palate shows lime citrus peel and ginger. There ... Learn More
  21. PUNT ROAD CHARDONNAY 2018
    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
  22. THE LANE BLOCK 1A ADELAIDE HILLS CHARDONNAY 2018
    "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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    Gary Walsh
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  23. LE VERSANT 'VIN DE PAYS D'OC' CHARDONNAY 2018
    An amazing French Chardonnay, great value for money, with aromas of white flowers, ripe fruit and a hint of honey. A generous yet well-balanced mouthfeel with fresh stone fruit characters and a hint of oak. Perfect for every day of ... Learn More
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    Sam Kim
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    Michael Cooper
  24. LE VERSANT 'VIN DE PAYS D'OC' CHARDONNAY 2017
    An amazing French Chardonnay, great value for money, with aromas of white flowers, ripe fruit and a hint of honey. A generous yet well-balanced mouthfeel with fresh stone fruit characters and a hint of oak. ... Learn More
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  25. WINDOWRIE 'FAMILY RESERVE' CHARDONNAY 2018
    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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    Regan Drew
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  26. JIM BARRY WATERVALE RIESLING 2017
    WINNER; James Halliday's Wine Companion 2020 WINERY OF THE YEAR! The Watervale Riesling is picked from a special part of the Florita vineyard in Watervale. This famous Riesling vineyard usually achieves full ripeness, with high natural acid levels. The nose displays ... Learn More
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  27. VASSE FELIX 'FILIUS' CHARDONNAY 2018
    Excellent example of why Margaret River is renowned for elegant Chardonnay. Very lifted, elegant and complex nose with honey nougat, green pineapple, lemon pith, lovely hints of nectarine, ginger, sage, custard tart crust, almond meal and cedar. A light, fine ... Learn More
  28. GUNDERLOCH 'FRITZ' RIESLING 2017
    Citrus, floral, honey and white peach aromas, with some minerality notes. Fresh, creamy, juicy, round palate with some sweetness but balanced acidity. Off-dry in character with a cleansing acidity and plenty of citrus and stone fruit make this a perfect ... Learn More
  29. PETALUMA HANLIN HILL RIESLING 2017
    Sourced from the home of great Australian Riesling, this trademark Clare Valley aromatic white is wonderful when opened upon release and like all great Rieslings, will develop brilliant toasty characters over a 10 year period in the bottle. Pale straw in ... Learn More
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  30. HENRI ROUSSEAU BdB CHARDONNAY BRUT NV
    Made from 100% Chardonnay grapes. The house was founded in 1898 in the esteemed Burgundy region of northern France, where their wines gained immediate and long-lasting success. Today the 6th generation of the family leads the winery, producing elegant sparkling Cremant for ... Learn More
  31. EDEN ROAD CANBERRA RIESLING 2018
    "Riesling is one of the Canberra District icons. We believe Canberra does and will continue to produce some of the best examples of Riesling in Australia. Its continental climate is perfectly suited to growing lively and beautifully poised Riesling." Intense ... Learn More
  32. TOOLANGI CHARDONNAY 2018
    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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    Campbell Mattinson
  33. FRANKLAND ESTATE RIESLING 2018
    With aromas of white citrus flower and blossom this wine starts with alluring appeal. The soft and approachable start builds with a combination of lime, bath salts and mandarin pith. The richness of fruit is highlighted by the texture, spice ... Learn More
  34. DR LOOSEN DR L RIESLING DRY 2016
    An entry level Riesling at a fantastic price. "We call them our 'welcome to the Mosel' wines." Dr. Loosen. Racy, elegant, bright and vibrant - perfect for a summers afternoon. The fragrant nose of honey, apricot and stone fruit carries ... Learn More
  35. ERIN EYES 'PRIDE OF ERIN RESERVE' RIESLING 2019
    Voted #1 Riesling by Huon Hooke Pride of the Erin is Steve Wiblin's top Riesling, and in 2019, a challenging and intensely low-yielding vintage, he has ransacked every iota of available flavour he could possibly muster. Sourced from Sevenhill, this behemoth is ... Learn More
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  36. RAVENSWORTH RIESLING 2019
    Sourced from three vineyards in the Murrumbateman. Citrus again, white peach, grapefruit with hints of anise spice and flowers, more generous than the last few years but still the thrilling acidity and green apple crunch. ... Learn More
  37. JL WOLF 'WACHENHEIMER' RIESLING 2017
    Made by the famous and energetic Ernie Loosen (of Dr Loosen fame), voted one of the World's 50 Most Influential Winemakers in Wine & Spirits Magazine. The fruit for the Wachenheimer Riesling comes from a single-vineyard site , called Königswingert (“King’s ... Learn More
  38. WOODS CRAMPTON 'BLACK LABEL' RIESLING 2018
    100% hand picked, 100% whole bunch pressed - just the freerun juice is used. On yeast lees for 4 months before bottling. The nose is pure and fresh. It is dominated by citrus aromas along with hints of green apple and floral blossom. ... Learn More
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  39. DOMAINE NATURALISTE FLORIS CHARDONNAY 2017
    Restricted malo‐lactic fermentation, battonage fortnightly to add complexity and texture through “sur lie” whilst retaining purity of character and freshness. Fermented and matured in 1/3 new 228LFrench oak barriques for 10 months. Aromas of white fruit & florals balanced with subtle oak ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
  40. JIM BARRY 'SINGLE VINEYARD' RIESLING 2017
    A generous opulent style Riesling with an aromatic drive of pink grapefruit, florals, green apple and a lift of tropical guava. Generous flavours of citrus and tropical fruit to open, tied together by a loosely woven framework of zippy acid. ... Learn More
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