Chardonnay, Western 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.
The wine regions of WA sit at the state’s southwest tip. The famed Margaret River region, with its warm maritime climate, lies roughly 200 kilometres south of Perth. Rainfall is high here compared with other Australian wine regions, but it falls mainly during the winter. Cabernet Sauvignon is a popular planting, and winemakers often blend it with Merlot to create Bordeaux-style wines. Margaret River is also distinguished for its Chardonnays, with their high natural acidity and concentrated stone-fruit aromas. Malolactic fermentation and barrel ageing further lend complexity to these special wines. Sauvignon Blanc is also widely planted here and often goes into blends with Semillon. Wine production also occurs in the Great Southern region, which includes the subregions of Frankland River and Mount Barker. Here, they produce floral Rieslings, peppery and elegant Shiraz, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Other wine regions in this large state include Blackwood Valley, Geographe, Peel, Pemberton, Manjimup, and Swan District.
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  1. West Cape Howe 'Old School' Chardonnay 2021
    A richly textured Chardonnay. Lovely aromas of fresh, toasty French oak with light buttery characters (reminiscent of a freshly baked almond croissant!). Has those ‘baked pastry’ characters along with the peachy/stone fruit flavours typical of Chardonnay. There’s a ... Learn More
  2. Credaro Kinship Chardonnay 2020
    A fragrant bouquet of white flowers, nectarine and pear with underlying cashew and citrus notes. Lovely toasty oak florals help lift to white flower bouquet. The palate is simply beautiful with stone fruit and fresh citrus flavours and creamy biscuit ... Learn More
  3. Frankland Estate Chardonnay 2019
    100% organically grown chardonnay from the Isolation Ridge vineyard. Lifted cedar toastiness complements the grapefruit and lemon notes. Nutty hints underlying a restrained spice note. Lively citrus zest on the front palate. Lifted citrus, tangerine and stone fruit notes follow a ... Learn More
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  4. Domaine Naturaliste Floris Chardonnay 2020
    "Floris is a modern and engaging expression of our local clone into wine. This style is a co-evolution of Modern Australian food and wine culture, which has great emphasis on balance, freshness and hedonistic pleasure. The sustainably farmed vineyard is ... Learn More
  5. Woodlands Wilyabrup Valley Chardonnay 2020
    Remarkably complex and charming for such a modestly priced Margaret River chardy, with creamy lees and refined fruit aromas. - Huon Hooke The little sister to Chloe, Woodlands’ flagship estate-grown chardonnay. This Chardonnay is produced solely from prime established vineyards ... Learn More
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  6. Finisterre Margaret River Chardonnay 2018
    GOLD MEDAL WINNER, Wine Show of Western Australia 2020 “2018 was the best vintage in 25 years” -Larry Cherubino, Finisterre winemaker Larry Cherubino is one of West Australia, indeed Australia’s leading winemakers, Larry has been twice acknowledged as Australian Winemaker of the ... Learn More
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  7. Woodlands Brook Vineyard Chardonnay 2020
    This Chardonnay is produced from a 7 hectare close-planted plot of selection massale Wenté (Mendoza) clone vines on the Woodlands Brook Vineyard. This wine is an intense pale straw colour. The nose is fine, delicate, and aromatic - showing white peach, ... Learn More
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  8. Hamelin Bay Five Ashes Reserve Chardonnay 2017
    Great precision and persistence. It's built on mouthwatering acidity. A truly wonderful chardonnay. - Huon Hooke Margaret River is Western Australia`s premier and fashionable vineyard region. Situated along the coast three hours south of Perth, this picturesque region is ... Learn More
  9. Singlefile Single Vineyard Family Reserve Chardonnay 2019
    The Singlefile vineyard in the Denmark sub-region of the Great Southern is classified through chardonnay fruit. The ideal picking time is determined to produce a cool-climate chardonnay with both power and finesse. Planted in 1989, the vineyard straddles the 35-degree latitude ... Learn More
  10. Cherubino 'Uovo' Chardonnay 2020
    Cherubino Wines began in 2005 with the release of one wine. A lot has happened since. The range has grown, and along the way, they have been awarded the Winery Of The Year by respected wine critics such as James Halliday ... Learn More
  11. Hutton Wines Triptych Reserve Chardonnay 2019
    Fruit for the 2019 Hutton Triptych Reserve Margaret River Chardonnay was sourced from the Wildberry Springs vineyard in Wilyabrup. The Gin Gin and clone 5 grapes were hand picked in March, chilled overnight, then gently whole-bunch pressed. The free run juice and ... Learn More
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    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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  13. Moss Wood Chardonnay 2020
    Cellaring time will be typical Moss Wood, with the wine requiring at least 10 years aging to develop the beginnings of its bottle bouquet but a further 10 years beyond that to reach full maturity. In the meantime, it will be just ... Learn More
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  14. Marchand and Burch Chardonnay Porongurup 2014
    The palate is silky, textural even gentle with just a touch of oak tautness. Flavours of stone fruit and yellow citrus give a building richness to the palate and the fine mineral notes impart a savoury edge. The finish of ... Learn More
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  15. Xanadu Reserve Chardonnay 2018
    The Reserve range continues to be the best of what we are able to produce in a given vintage. Our 10th consecutive release of our Reserve Chardonnay, 100% of the fruit for this wine is from our oldest Chardonnay vineyard, the ... Learn More
  16. Leeuwin Estate 'Art Series' Chardonnay 2006
    Bright and youthful colour; a complex array of nectarine, grapefruit and spice, particularly cinnamon, is offered on the bouquet; the palate exhibits understated power, with grilled nuts supporting the very generous, yet refined, level of stone fruit and oak; the ... Learn More
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    • 2x Cherubino Uovo Chardonnay 2020
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