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 2018
    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. Stoney Rise Chardonnay 2019
    The 2019 Stoney Rise Chardonnay was fermented in new 2500 litre oak cask, and stayed in there on its lees for the last 5 months. It is a fresh style ready for summer. There is a hint of banana peel and cantaloupe on ... Learn More
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  4. Two Tonne Tasmania TMV Chardonnay 2020
    This wine is from Tasmania’s Tamar Valley. Beginning just south of Launceston the valley winds 50km north to its meeting point with the powerful Bass Strait. With an endless number of aspects & micro climates, the wine is produced from ... Learn More
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  5. Catena Chardonnay 2018
    The Catena Chardonnay combines the unique expressions of three high altitude vineyard sites. The wine shows an intense greenish color with yellow notes. The extraordinary combination of these vineyards offer honey and tropical fruit flavors while lending notes of citrus, ... Learn More
    Catena Chardonnay 2018
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  6. Ministry Of Clouds Derwent Valley Tasmania Chardonnay 2019
    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
  7. Two Tonne Tasmania The Dog and Wolf Chardonnay 2019
    This is the top Chardonnay from one of Tasmania's hottest young winemakers. Ricky Evans has nailed his third Dog & Wolf Chardonnay. This fruit was whole bunch pressed to barrel for a natural ferment with partial malo occurring in oak. Very ... Learn More
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  8. Apsley Gorge Chardonnay 2019
    Tasmania's Apsley Gorge is a world apart. The location is unique, the vineyard snuggled as it is under the Douglas Apsley National Park at the northern end of the East Coast. It is a cool location, extending the ripening season ... Learn More
  9. Apsley Gorge Chardonnay 2018
    Tasmania's Apsley Gorge is a world apart. The location is unique, the vineyard snuggled as it is under the Douglas Apsley National Park at the northern end of the East Coast. It is a cool location, extending the ripening season ... Learn More
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  10. Tolpuddle Vineyard Chardonnay 2017
    The 2017 Tolpuddle Chardonnay has been the recipient of multiple awards since its release - including White Wine of Show at the 2018 Royal Melbourne Wine Show. This wine is true to the Tolpuddle Vineyard Chardonnay style: fine and precise with firm ... Learn More
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    Jeremy Oliver
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    Gary Walsh
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    James Halliday
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  11. Tolpuddle Vineyard Chardonnay 2019
    This wine is true to the Tolpuddle Vineyard Chardonnay style: fine and precise with firm acidity, and a combination of lightness of texture and intensity of flavor. The 2019 vintage has succulence and power, with great purity, aromas of white flowers, ... Learn More
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    Angus Hughson
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  12. 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
  13. Online Tasting Pack - Tasmania Deep Dive Thursday 22nd April 6:30pm aest

    **THIS ONLINE TASTING IS OVER**

    Australia's southernmost and coolest region has made a name for itself producing some world-class wines and we're going to learn more about these with our local Master of Wine; Andrea ... Learn More

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  14. Online Tasting Pack - Tasmania Deep Dive Plus Breakout Room Wine Thursday 22nd April 6:30pm aest

    **THIS ONLINE TASTING IS OVER**

    This pack includes an additional 4th wine to be tasted at the end of the session in a smaller group setting within the zoom breakout room for a chance to ... Learn More

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