Chardonnay, South Australia

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.
If you like Australian wine, then you probably like South Australia wine. The rich reds produced there put Australia on the wine-making map of the world. With over 40% of the countries vineyards, South Australia can rightfully call itself the wine state.

Wines are produced in several regions throughout the state, though many are naturally grouped together, like Barossa and Eden Valleys, only 15 minutes apart. They include such regions as Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Eden Valley, Coonawarra, Adelaide Hills, Kangaroo Island, Langhorne Creek, McLaren Vale and Wrattonbully to name but a few!

Barossa Valley boasts some of the oldest vines in Australia dating back to 1843 and produces some of the world's finest Shiraz, whilst the 'terra rossa' soils of Coonawarra is most suited to producing outstanding Cabernet Sauvignons. If you're a fan of Riesling, Clare Valley is a great place to explore and for a Maritime climate not dissimilar to parts of the Italian coastline, seek out the wines from McLaren Vale.
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  1. Thorn Clarke 'Sandpiper' Chardonnay 2020
    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
  2. Mike Press 'Single Vineyard' Chardonnay 2021
    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. Hero of Zero Blanc de Blancs NV
    Summary: The Hero of Zero wines are hand-crafted from the best quality fruit sourced from premium vineyards across South Australia, including McLaren Vale and the Barossa. With meticulous handling in the vineyard and winery, the pristine fruit will have less ... Learn More
  4. Elephant In The Room Chardonnay 2021
    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
  5. Syp Double Love Trouble Chardonnay Chapter 4 2019
    This small-batch first release was drawn from the same vineyard as Adelina's Refusal to Lie. It's a wine "for consumption or bathing in," notes Col. It's loaded up with that classic Australian Chardonnay nuts-and-peach, and more than a touch of ... Learn More
  6. Lake Breeze Reserve Chardonnay 2019
    The surprisingly cool, maritime conditions at Langhorne Creek allow for a slow even ripening where fresh natural acidity and varietal fruit characters are retained. The grapes for the 2019 Reserve Chardonnay were picked from the most outstanding block of chardonnay on ... Learn More
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  7. Bondar Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2020
    It has perfect balance and a freshness to the white peach, melon and grapefruit flavours. The finish and aftertaste are the high points of a high class wine. - James Halliday Fruit sourced from a single vineyard in Echunga in ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
  8. S.C. Pannell Piccadilly Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay is Steve Pannell’s favourite white grape and for him it is all about the complexity and the reductive notes achieved through natural fermentation, the use of very large French oak and settling on lees in tank for three ... Learn More
  9. Mountadam 'High Eden' Chardonnay 2018
    Made using traditional methods; a blend of the exclusive multi-clonal resources available on the estate. Lightly Golden colour, with classic Chardonnay fruit aromas of peach, nectarine and ripe figs. Typical of Mountadam Chardonnay there are flavors of grilled nuts with ... Learn More
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    Ned Goodwin MW
  10. Corduroy Mansfield Chardonnay 2018
    "Taste the wines from Phil LeMessurier and you can tell he is a thinker. And it comes as no great surprise that he has also had a varied winemaking experience from McLaren Vale to the Hunter Valley with numerous stops ... Learn More
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    Angus Hughson
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    Huon Hooke
  11. Corryton Burge The Patroness Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2020
    Classic Australian Chardonnay lead by its tropical fruit flavours. Striking aromas of lemon and peach open up to a palate of tropical stone fruit and lemon. The oak treatment has produced a wine with a wonderful richness and mouthfeel. The ... Learn More
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
  12. Murdoch Hill Artisan Series The Tilbury Chardonnay 2020
    Sourced from the best selection of vineyards in the Piccadilly Valley and Lobethal districts. The purest and most restrained Tilbury to date. Aromas of grapefruit, freshly cut pear and nashi intermingle with just a hint of nectarine and cashew. The ... Learn More
  13. Shaw & Smith 'M3' Chardonnay 2021
    M3 is at the forefront of the ongoing refinement and evolution of Australian Chardonnay. We aim for elegance, restraint, and the capacity to age in bottle. Aromas of white flowers, grapefruit, and white peach. A note of brioche adds complexity. ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
  14. Budget Bundle Six-Pack!

    Keen to try this refreshing budget bundle? Each six-pack contains 2 x Miles from Nowhere Rosé 2020, 2 x Spinning Top Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2021, and 2 x Mike Press Single Vineyard Chardonnay 2021

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  15. Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay 2013
    Brilliant pale straw colour with a distinctive greenish tinge around the outskirts and a watery hue. Aromas of ripe white peaches and dried honey fill the nostrils with hints of apricot, cashew and spicy nougat. Medium weighted the palate has ... Learn More
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
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    Gary Walsh
  16. Murdoch Hill Rocket Chardonnay 2020
    Sourced from the best selection of vineyards in the Piccadilly Valley and Lobethal districts. Wow, what a wine. First you get scents of white peach and nectarine before some hazelnut and ginger, and then just the right balance of savoury ... Learn More
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    Mike Bennie
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