Chardonnay, Victoria

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.
The wine region of Victoria has the highest number of grape vines than any other state in Australia. It is home to over 600 wineries and well known regions such as Yarra Valley, Heathcote, and Rutherglen. Victoria is situated in the southeastern corner of Australia where due to the location, the climate has a cool maritime influence and is known for their outstanding Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, along with producing Australia's most famed dessert Muscat and Topaque wines.

There are a number of different terroir levels throughout the wine region of Victoria which leads to the production of different ranges of wines. In the southern region of Victoria, the vines are regulated by the cool winds of the Bass Strait. Central Victoria consists of mostly flat terrain that tends to be drier and warmer than the rest of Victoria, which results in more fruit concentrated wines. It may be surprising to note that Victoria is the third most productive wine region in Australia, seeing as it does not have as many areas suitable for viticulture, which has resulted in the cellar door culture of Victoria being concentrated with smaller, but more personal boutique wineries.
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  1. Zilzie 'Yarra Valley' Chardonnay 2020
    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
  2. Punt Road Chardonnay 2021
    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
  3. Crittenden Geppetto Chardonnay 2020
    Great value, medium-bodied King Valley Chardonnay here from Rollo Crittenden. No need to cellar this beauty! Richly-fruited, supple and generous - chill well and enjoy with or without food. Mid lemon gold Citrus, stone fruit, nuts and almond meal. Medium ... Learn More
  4. Tread Softly Yarra Valley Premium Chardonnay 2020 (Low Alc.)
    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
  5. Toolangi Chardonnay 2019
    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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  6. Shadowfax Macedon Ranges Chardonnay 2020
    2020 Shadowfax Macedon Ranges Chardonnay comes from three superb, unique sites: Midhill, Mt Macedon and Little Hampton. A late and wet 2019 spring in the Macedon Ranges set small crops. Then 2020's cool summer and mild spring led to a very long ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
  7. Crittenden Peninsula Chardonnay 2018
    A bright and elegant young chardonnay. Minerals and grapefruit lead the nose, spicy oak is latent, vanilla and cashews also lurking. Medium-weight on the palate, fruit is concentrated enough, length is carried by lovely, lemony acidity. Structure sacrificed for early ... Learn More
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    Nick Butler
  8. Mac Forbes Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2020
    Recognised across the Valley as a great season for Chardonnay, our 2020 Yarra Valley Chardonnay is zesty, pithy and bursting with crushed florals. Crunchy acidity and plenty of backbone makes this a perfect wine for lazy Sunday afternoons with half a ... Learn More
  9. Yves Premium Cuvee NV
    A new wine in the Sparkling range. A truly exceptional expression of chardonnay - Pale yellow with fine bubbles and persistent mousse. Delicate and floral, with a creamy mid-palate and a lingering, zippy finish. ... Learn More
  10. Kooyong Clonale Chardonnay 2019
    Attractive citrus scents combine with blossoming white flowers and honeysuckle on the nose. Fresh mandarin and ginger spice dominate the palate with lemon pith, white nectarine and toasted cashew. The briny acidity provides a linear freshness resulting in excellent length ... Learn More
  11. Medhurst Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2020
    This Yarra Valley Chardonnay was made from fruit sourced entirely from Medhurst Estate Vineyard. All fruit handpicked whole bunch pressed and fermented in French oak (10% new) where Indigenous fermentation in barrel lasting around one month. We decided to put one ... Learn More
  12. Oakridge Vineyard Series Henk Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2018
    Since its founding in 1978, Oakridge has been making wines in the Yarra Valley and has produced some of the finest examples of cool climate wines seen in Australia. Oakridge is family owned, with a philosophy of producing wines that reflect ... Learn More
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  13. Yabby Lake Single Vineyard Chardonnay 2019
    Defined by its citrus blossom aromatic lift and precise long, lingering finish. Characteristic pristine, pure and intense aroma. The palate is poised and complex. Tightly wound together with a precise minerality, the wine has beautiful line and length. Each parcel ... Learn More
  14. Soumah Single Vineyard Hexham Chardonnay 2021
    Delicate yet complex citrus bouquet is supported by ‘struck match’ and brioche character. A zesty melon palate is integrated with subtle new oak and silky creaminess, finishing long and fresh. The wine will mature well for at least 10 years. An ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
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    Campbell Mattinson
  15. Soumah Single Vineyard Hexham Chardonnay 2020
    Elegance is on its side too, no mean feat given the wine’s inherent power. You’d bet on this wine landing in an excellent place over the next few years. - Campbell Mattinson Delicate yet complex citrus bouquet is ... Learn More
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    Stuart Knox
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  16. Koooyong Estate Chardonnay 2019
    The wine is a bright green/straw in colour and opens with notes of gun flint, stones and wet soil that with air and time lead to fruitier flavours – lemon rind, nectarine and limes. Lime and citrus peel also appear ... Learn More
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    Jane Faulkner
  17. Ocean Eight 'Verve' Chardonnay 2018
    The bouquet is an intriguing combination of citrus fruits with some minerality for structure. Once in the mouth the fruit flavours are very much to the fore with grapefruit and tangerine being the most obvious. It is light and refreshing ... Learn More
  18. Medhurst 'Estate' Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2020
    Brilliant pale straw, some luminescent greens. The nose is highly complex with subtle hints of grapefruit, white peach, cashews and spice. The palate is poised, full of purpose, charming balance of flint and fine creaminess. The earth derived pithiness is ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
  19. Medhurst 'Estate' Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2019
    The 2019 growing season began with a dry spring and later then average budburst. A small to medium sized crop was established in mild weather and 125mm of November rain came just at the right time to keep the vines healthy ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
  20. Bicknell FC 'Applecross' Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2019
    A warm vintage with an early pick on the Prices Rd vineyard, on March 5th. The crop load this year was lighter with the dry conditions at 3.5 t/Ha. The harvest analysis reflects those conditions with 13.4° baume, 3.20 pH and 7.1 g/ ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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    Campbell Mattinson
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    Ned Goodwin MW
  21. Scorpo Estate Chardonnay 2019
    Pale straw with green tints, this Chardonnay is appealing from the outset. A nose of nectarine pip, citrus curd, spice and earth lead into lees and struck match. To begin with the palate is tight and focused with citrus and ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
  22. Shadowfax Macedon ‘Midhill’ Chardonnay 2019
    Bright mid-yellow colour with a herbal, pineapple, tropical aroma, some fresh herbs including basil. The palate is intense, medium-bodied, soft and round, gentle and ample, a very smart wine with a strong front-of-mouth impact but also good length. - Huon ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
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    Ralph Kyte-Powell
  23. Provenance Ballarat Chardonnay 2018
    The super elegant wine displays fruit aromas and flavours of white peach, nectarine and grapefruit zest. A creamy, nutty character is matched to a mouth-watering thread of natural acidity throughout the long finish. The perfect introduction to Ballarat chardonnay for ... Learn More
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
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    Huon Hooke
  24. Helens Hill The Empress Reserve Chardonnay 2018
    Made from a small, select patch of vines chosen for their ability to create a wine of unmatched richness and opulence. The 'Empress' is given the royal treatment from start to finish. The resulting wine is a classic style cool-climate ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
  25. Provenance Henty Chardonnay 2019
    There's a power here, a linear beauty, built around a purity of fruit and structure. It demands further time in bottle to explore the citrus, lime, peach, nectarine, dried herb and mealy complexity already evident and waiting to fully reach ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
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    Campbell Mattinson
  26. Provenance Geelong Chardonnay 2019
    Gleaming straw green this fine wine displays fruit aromas and flavours of white fleshed stone fruit and citrus rind. Intense and balanced this wine’s inherent fruit power is matched to laser like acidity making for a precise experience. Beautiful ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
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    Campbell Mattinson
  27. A. Rodda Willow Lake Chardonnay 2018
    Adrian Rodda's time at Oakridge under the esteemed David Bicknell shaped much of his skill set when crafting Chardonnay. And it certainly shows in his release of this wine from the renowned Willowlake vineyard. This is a gorgeous Upper Yarra ... Learn More
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
  28. Crittenden Zumma Chardonnay 2018
    This is Crittenden's flagship Chardonnay, and apart from being complex and delicious, is the highest-scoring Mornington Peninsula Chardonnay we've seen in a long time. Medium straw with green hues. Interesting struck match lift over stonefruit and roasted cashew. Intensely flavoured ... Learn More
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    Ned Goodwin MW
  29. Domenica Chardonnay 2021
    Grown on a south facing slope, the fruit is hand picked lightly crushed, and basket pressed. The heaviest solids are briefly settled out by gravity, then the juice transferred to barriques awaiting the start of fermentation. This occurs naturally, when ... Learn More
  30. Giant Steps Ocarina Clay Ferment Chardonnay 2020
    The Giant Steps Single Vineyard range is produced from the most site-expressive fruit off the best vineyards in great years. Each single vineyard wine tells a story about the vineyard, vintage and variety. The 2019 vintage was the WINNER of a ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
  31. Giant Steps ‘Applejack Vineyard’ Chardonnay 2020
    Applejack Vineyard, in the upper Yarra Valley, was planted by respected viticulturist Ray Guerin and is managed by his son Mark. The higher altitude results in a cooler and extended growing season, ideally suited to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay (3-4 ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
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    Mike Bennie
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
  32. Giant Steps ‘sexton Vineyard’ Chardonnay 2020
    The Giant Steps Single Vineyard range is produced from the most site-expressive fruit off the best vineyards in great years. Each single vineyard wine tells a story about the vineyard, vintage and variety. Located on the steep north facing slopes ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
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    Mike Bennie
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    Gary Walsh
  33. Brokenwood Indigo Vineyard Chardonnay 2019
    The 2019 is a little fuller in weight than previous vintages showing the warmer summer, but still has a lovely pale yellow/green colour. Fermented in 100% French oak, mostly 500L puncheons, the warm year has meant less citrus lift but has ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
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    Mike Bennie
  34. Yeringberg Chardonnay 2017
    We suppose it’s just the way with old farms. On the face of it, a calm timelessness. Behind that, industriousness and constant renewal through breeding seasons and growth cycles. So it goes with Yeringberg. After more than 150 years, the ... Learn More
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    Nick Stock
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    James Halliday
  35. Yeringberg Chardonnay 2016
    A slightly fuller and more open expression of our site, reflecting the relative generosity of the vintage, this year’s Chardonnay opens with aromas of ripe nectarine, vanilla and poached pear. Complex and controlled, there’s a sense of power ... Learn More
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    Nick Stock
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    Campbell Mattinson
  36. Yeringberg Chardonnay 2019
    We suppose it’s just the way with old farms. On the face of it, a calm timelessness. Behind that, industriousness and constant renewal through breeding seasons and growth cycles. So it goes with Yeringberg. After more than 150 years, the ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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    James Halliday
  37. Scorpo ‘Eocene’ Chardonnay 2020
    A blend of clones 95, I10 and P58 from mature vines on the north-/northeast-facing slope of Paul Scorpo's original vineyard in Merricks North. The grapes were picked on 18th March 2020 at 12.1 Baumé. The fruit was pressed as whole bunches straight ... Learn More
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
  38. Levantine Hill Chardonnay 2017
    Sourced 85% from our east-facing Mendoza clone and 15% from our P58 clone north-easterly aspect single blocks. Both blocks hand-picked, sorted and whole bunch pressed. Settled overnight then coarsely racked directly to barrel for a mix of wild and inoculated fermentation. Aged ... Learn More
  39. Medhurst Reserve Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2019
    Appearance is brillant pale straw and on release at 3 years old, it appears younger. The nose is exceptionally complex with a blast of toasty oak, creamy brioche and hazelnut. White peach and dried flowers. Acacia blossom all in there. The ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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