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 2019
    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. 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
  3. Punt Road Chardonnay 2019
    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
  4. Yabby Lake Single Vineyard Chardonnay 2019 (375Ml)
    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
  5. Yabby Lake Red Claw Mornington Peninsula Chardonnay 2017
    An exceptional 'Second' wine from Victorian producer Yabby Lake. Winemaker Tom Carson was crowned 'International Winemaker of the Year' at the 2004 International Wine and Spirit Competition in London. Tom Carson also holds several wine judging roles including his current post ... Learn More
  6. 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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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
  7. 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
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  8. Kooyong Clonale Chardonnay 2018
    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
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
  9. Shadowfax Macedon Ranges Chardonnay 2019
    100% Chardonnay from the Midhill, Mt Macedon, Springhill, Little Hampton vineyards. Good spring rains set the season up in the Macedon Ranges. Soil moisture continued through to harvest even though there was no rain in January, February and March. The growing ... Learn More
  10. Warramunda Estate 'Liv Zak' Chardonnay 2019
    From a premium site wedged between Yeringberg and Oakridge, Warramunda's wines are made by Ben Haines, one of the best up and coming young winemakers in Australia. The wine opens with a beautiful perfume of white flowers, stone fruits and ... Learn More
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  11. Mac Forbes Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2018
    "The Yarra Valley label is the entry into our Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines. ‘Yarra Valley’ is a blend of all declassified barrels from each of our single vineyard sites. They represent a snap shot from across the valley and ... Learn More
  12. Medhurst Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2019
    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
  13. Medhurst Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2018
    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
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  14. Giant Steps Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2020
    Natural winemaking philosophy, while making quality the priority. Beautifully balanced throughout, displaying grapefruit and peaches, tempered with hints of almond & minerality. Long, clean finish. ... Learn More
  15. Oakridge Local Vineyard Series 'Barkala' Chardonnay 2016
    Made by Gourmet Traveller Winemaker of the year 2017, Dave Bicknell. This is a powerful chardonnay, classically styled, oatmeal and oak, peach and roasted cedar wood; it announces itself and it then stays the course. There’s a quartz-like character and ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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    Campbell Mattinson
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  16. Giant Steps Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2019
    Natural winemaking philosophy, while making quality the priority. ... Learn More
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  17. Onannon Mornington Peninsula Chardonnay 2019
    “You would have to go a long way to find three more open-hearted and utterly committed winemakers; the world is their oyster, their ambitions unlimited.” James Halliday. Aromas of grapefruit and nectarine with pleasing mineral lift of struck match lead ... Learn More
  18. 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
  19. Garagiste Merricks Chardonnay 2017
    Drawn from the south-facing Merricks Grove vineyard, where the grey sandy loams are marbled with red ironstone. Hand harvested, hand sorted and whole bunch pressed. Natural fermentation on high solids in 500-litre puncheons (one new François Frères barrel ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
  20. Salo Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2019
    Salo is the side-project of Young Winemaker of the Year nominee Dave Mackintosh and Steve Flamsteed, Head Winemaker of one of the most awarded wineries in the Yarra Valley, Giant Steps. Over the last 6 years they have made Salo from ... Learn More
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  21. Giant Steps Sexton Vineyard Chardonnay 2018
    A luscious and complex Yarra Chardonnay from one of the most respected and collected wineries in Australia. Matured for 11 months in new and used French puncheons. Aromas of white peach and matchstick notes with hints of oak. The palate shows ... Learn More
  22. Savaterre 'Frere Cadet' Chardonnay 2018
    When rare parcels of particularly outstanding Beechworth grapes become available, winemaker Keppell Smith likes to create something unique and bottle it under Savaterre's 'Frere Cadet' (Younger Brother) label. The Frere Cadet range of wines evolved to be more accessible in ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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    Ned Goodwin MW
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  23. Salo Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2018
    Salo is the side-project of Young Winemaker of the Year nominee Dave Mackintosh and Steve Flamsteed, Head Winemaker of one of the most awarded wineries in the Yarra Valley, Giant Steps. Over the last 6 years they have made Salo from ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
  24. Giant Steps ‘Tarraford Vineyard’ Chardonnay 2017
    2017 was a textbook cool climate vintage in Yarra Valley. Begins with aromas of Apple, lemon curd & hints of wet stone minerality. A well-rounded palate with excellent fruit presence and good weight. Impressive mouthfeel with a long soft finish. ... Learn More
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    Mike Bennie
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  25. Mount Mary Reflexion Chardonnay 2016
    Reflexion is less about declassifying and more about strengthening the top wines of Mount Mary, though you won’t see Reflexion released every year. ... Learn More
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    Mike Bennie
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  26. Scorpo Estate Chardonnay 2018
    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
  27. Giant Steps ‘Wombat Creek Vineyard’ Chardonnay 2019
    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. Green apple, buttery nuances and lifted mineral ... Learn More
  28. Tarrawarra Reserve Chardonnay 2017
    Racked directly to barrel after whole-bunch pressing, this wine is the purest expression of TarraWarra Chardonnay. Made without yeast or acid addition, the fruit batches from each block are kept entirely separate in barrel over the 10 months in oak. It ... Learn More
  29. Giant Steps ‘Wombat Creek Vineyard’ Chardonnay 2017
    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. Green apple, buttery nuances and lifted mineral ... Learn More
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    Mike Bennie
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  30. Onannon Tuerong Mornington Chardonnay 2019
    The wine comprises Chardonnay clone 95. The fruit was whole bunchpressed and then sent straight to barrel (33% new oak) to ferment with indigenous yeasts. Of the three barrels, one was sulphured three weeks later after fermentation to prevent MLF; another was ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
  31. Mayer Chardonnay 2018
    White golden colour. Wet crushed stones and mineral to start, then the tight aromatic nose combines with grapefruit and lemon rind aromas. The palate is all lean and tightly wound citrus fruit at the moment with high energy and super ... Learn More
    Mayer Chardonnay 2018
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  32. Giant Steps ‘Applejack Vineyard’ Chardonnay 2018
    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. ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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  33. Bannockburn Chardonnay 2019
    Whole bunch pressed, settled overnight and then wild fermented in French oak hogsheads and puncheons (20% new) 10 months on lees, about 60% went through malo-lactic fermentation, no stirring before bottling late January 2020 A core of fresh citrus acids, stone fruits and subtle ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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    James Halliday
  34. Bannockburn Chardonnay 2018
    Whole bunch pressed, settled overnight and then wild fermented in French oak hogsheads and puncheons (20%new). 12 months on lees, partial malo-lactic fermentation, no stirring before bottling in January 2019. A core of fresh citrus acids, stone fruits and subtle winemaking inputs ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
  35. Garagiste Terre Maritime Chardonnay 2017
    Deep aromatics - spiced pear, grilled fennel and aniseed, with white floral overtones. A racy, driven palate with superb depth of characters that match the aromatics. Huge energy and freshness and a long super impressive, crystalline and mineral fresh finish. ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
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  36. Bindi Kostas Rind Chardonnay 2019
    An intense, mineral wine fully ripe but lean, taught and intense with savoury, creamy elements. Fragrant notes of orange blossom, nectarine stone, spice and subtle nuttiness are usual with a vibrant, tight, long palate highlighted by clean acidity, wonderful texture ... Learn More
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    Mike Bennie
  37. 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
  38. 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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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
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    Nick Stock
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    The Wine Advocate
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    Campbell Mattinson
  39. Oakridge 864 'Funder And Diamond' Chardonnay 2016
    Made by Gourmet Traveller Winemaker of the year 2017, Dave Bicknell. A showcase of highly detailed micro-selections from the most exceptional single vineyard sites in the Yarra Valley. Oakridge are one of the most consistent producers in this fantastic cool-climate Victorian ... Learn More
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    Nick Stock
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    Campbell Mattinson
  40. Bass Phillip Estate Chardonnay 2016
    Bass Phillip are one of Australia's most accomplished winemakers. This Chardonnay was matured in approximately 20% new oak. It has aromas of Lifted citrus & stonefruit. Well balanced, vibrant fruit and great acid structure. Subtle notes of toasty oak underlay, creating a ... Learn More
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