Chardonnay, Yarra Valley

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 Yarra Valley is a wine region known for producing outstanding Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The region has become a leading wine tourism destination, popular for weekend trips as it is located only an hour’s drive northeast of Melbourne. The cool climate region has some of the oldest soils in the world and produces terrific Chardonnays in the leaner, acid-driven style. Long gone are the days of excessively oaked and oily Chardonnays. Superb Pinot Noir is cultivated with tremendous results. Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc and even Sparkling wines of premium quality are also worth seeking out.

Yarra Valley is the oldest wine region in Victoria with the first vines planted in 1838 at Yering Station. Reg Egan founded the iconic Wantirna Estate in 1963, followed by Dr Bailey Carrodus in 1969 who founded equally lauded Yarra Yering in the foot of the Warramate Hills. Nowadays a fleet of new world winemakers and growers are making sure Yarra Valley stays at the forefront of Victorian wine production.

The region in 2009 suffered in the Black Saturday fires, with an estimated 25% of all production was impacted.
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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. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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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  10. 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
  11. 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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  12. Giant Steps Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2019
    Natural winemaking philosophy, while making quality the priority. ... Learn More
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  13. 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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  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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
  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
  26. Wantirna Estate Isabella Chardonnay 2019
    This is one of our classic Chardonnays. And it was indeed a reflection of just what is possible when you have a small vineyard that allows you to truly decide when to harvest the grapes, and aren’t bound by ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
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  27. Mount Mary Chardonnay 2018
    Often in warmer, drier seasons we tend to pick the Chardonnay earlier than we perhaps otherwise would to control the effects of a dry and warm growing season (so important in the preservation of natural acid). During ripening under such ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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    Gary Walsh
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  28. CHRISTMAS DINNER DOZEN

    We've got the perfect Christmas dinner dozen for the big day! 6 wines to match with all the types of food you usually have for Christmas Day!

    • Champagne for arrival drinks and oysters
    • Aged Semillon ... Learn More
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