Chardonnay, Tasmania

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.
Apart from being the most southerly wine region in Australia, Tasmania has among the coolest growing subregions with the potential to make distinctly different wines than in the rest of the country.

Most well known for cool-climate varietals like Pinot Noir and Chardonnay (thus sparkling too), Sauvignon Blanc smaller plantings of Riesling, Cabernet and Pinot Gris (more commonly Pinot labelled Pinot Grigio)

Historically, Tasmania can lay claim to being the founder of both the Victorian and South Australian wine industries as William Henty sailed from Launceston to Portland (in Victoria) in 1834 and planted grape cuttings there. Though not conclusively proven, it's believed that John Hack planted vines in South Australia in 1837, closely followed in 1838 by John Reynell.

Warmer vintages (possibly attributable to global warming) has had positive effects on region's industry, allowing grapes in recent vintages to achieve full phenolic ripeness, making for vibrant wines that have been widely accepted as world class.
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  1. Frogmore Creek Chardonnay 2020
    Fresh and creamy, this delicious Tasmanian Chardonnay has tasty floral and lightly toasted nut aromas all balanced by subtle oak and minerality. It’s lush and creamy with nectarine, peach and citrus flavours and zippy acidity. Cellar it for 2+ years ... Learn More
  2. Spring Vale Freycinet Coast Melrose Chardonnay 2020
    Very crisp and bright. Lovely wine and very refreshing. - Huon Hooke Spring Vale is a small 5th generation family owned vineyard since 1875, located in Cranbrook on Tasmania's stunning Freycinet Coast. Balances pristine fruit with vibrant acidity. The nose on ... Learn More
  3. Ponting Wines 'Pioneer' Chardonnay 2020
    Ponting Wines is a collaboration between one of Australia’s most celebrated cricketers, Ricky Ponting and Ben Riggs, an award-winning Australian winemaker known for uncompromising, high quality wines. Masters of their craft, their partnership has been forged to celebrate their ... Learn More
  4. Ministry Of Clouds Derwent Valley Tasmania Chardonnay 2020
    A pure and tightly wound wine showing the muscle and intensity of the low yielding Derwent Valley site, and the fineness and acid line synonymous with the Coal River Valley. A shy and somewhat restraint nose exuding white flowers, peach, ... Learn More
  5. Small Island Saltwater River Reserve Chardonnay 2020
    James Broinowski finds a great balance between freshness and texture with this release, it's Chardonnay delivered in a contemporary style. Super limited wine with huge presence. A touch of oak and fruit for days. ... Learn More
  6. Stefano Lubiana Blanc de Blancs 2014
    The natural viticulture, low yields and extended lees maturation create a sparkling wine with a flinty, mineral nose reminiscent of slate and earth, with underlying fresh apricot, orange rind and spice. The palate is a zesty combination of lemon curd ... Learn More
  7. Bay of Fires Chardonnay 2019
    Bay of Fires Wines are crafted to reflect their distinctive Tasmanian terroir. This stunning Chardonnay is made with fruit from East Coast and Tamar Valley. ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
  8. Stefano Lubiana Estate Chardonnay 2019
    This wine has all the elements of a great Chardonnay present – fruit, oak, acid, creamy texture & complexity, but no element overpowers the other. This wine displays some lovely intense minerality, but with its vibrant citrus fruit characters and stylish French ... Learn More
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    Mike Bennie
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    James Halliday
  9. Online Tasting Pack - Meet the Maker: Ricky Ponting May 19th, 6:30pm AEST

    Ponting Wines is a collaboration between one of Australia’s most celebrated cricketers, Ricky Ponting, and Ben Riggs, an award-winning Australian winemaker known for uncompromising, high-quality wines. Masters of their craft, these men have forged their partnership to celebrate ... Learn More

  10. Domaine Simha 'Rao' Chardonnay 2021
    Domaine Simha was founded at the edge of the world by Nav Singh and Louise Radman. An avant-garde approach shapes living wine relying on ancient knowledge and intuition. Graceful chardonnay woven with whispers of new French oak. Pleasing aromas of ... Learn More
  11. Domaine Simha 'Rao' Chardonnay 2020
    Domaine Simha was founded at the edge of the world by Nav Singh and Louise Radman. An avant-garde approach shapes living wine relying on ancient knowledge and intuition. Graceful chardonnay woven with whispers of new French oak. Pleasing aromas of ... Learn More
  12. Stefano Lubiana Collina Chardonnay 2017
    Sourced entirely from the family-owned vineyard at Granton, 20km North of Hobart. The seasons become more defined the further south from the equator you are. Lovely aromas of stone fruit and fig. Strone fruit balanced with buttermilk on the palate. ... Learn More
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    Ned Goodwin MW
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