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 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. 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
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  3. Oakridge 'Over The Shoulder' Chardonnay 2019
    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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    Campbell Mattinson
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    Huon Hooke
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  4. Hoddles Creek Estate Chardonnay 2020
    Hoddles Creek Estate is located in the Upper Yarra, which is higher, cooler and more marginal than the lower Yarra. Aromas of grapefruit, almond meal, white rice, a slight fresh mint perfume, and some lemon zest. Tight and tangy, but ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  5. Punt Road Chardonnay 2020
    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
  6. 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
  7. 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
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  8. Oakridge Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2018
    Aromas of white citrus blossom, white stone fruit and grapefruit, with flecks of gunflint, and hints of fresh nuts, almond meal, and white peach skin. The palate is poised with a lovely shape, there is a generosity to the flavour ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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    Campbell Mattinson
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    Nick Butler
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    Huon Hooke
  9. Helen's Hill Breachley Block Chardonnay 2019
    The Helen’s Hill wine range celebrates passion, persistence and the genuine connection between people and land. Fruit primarily sourced from the oldest vines in the vineyard with "pockets" of other areas added for additional complexity. A cool climate classic. ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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    Huon Hooke
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    Campbell Mattinson
  10. 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
  11. 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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  12. 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
  13. 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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  14. 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
  15. Oakridge Vineyard Series Henk Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2019
    The masters of Chardonnay are at it again, Henk is fast becoming one of the icons of the Yarra Valley. Pale straw with green hues. Aromatically complex with grilled citrus, white fleshed stone fruit, hints of spice, fresh picked nuts ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
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    James Halliday
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    Mike Bennie
  16. 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
  17. 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
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  18. 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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  19. Giant Steps Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2021
    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
  20. 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
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  21. 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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    James Halliday
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    Huon Hooke
  22. Giant Steps Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2019
    Natural winemaking philosophy, while making quality the priority. ... Learn More
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  23. 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
  24. 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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    James Suckling
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    Campbell Mattinson
  25. Soumah Single Vineyard Hexham Chardonnay 2019
    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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    James Suckling
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    Campbell Mattinson
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    Campbell Mattinson
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  26. 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
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  27. Oakridge Vineyard Series Barkala Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2019
    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. Bright straw in colour with a pale straw hue. Struck match, grilled ... Learn More
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    Patrick Eckel
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
  28. Oakridge Vineyard Series Willowlake Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2019
    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. Pale straw with green hues. Grilled citrus, yeast, white fleshed stone fruit, ... Learn More
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    Jane Faulkner
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    Mike Bennie
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    James Halliday
  29. Bicknell FC 'Applecross' Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2017
    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
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    Ned Goodwin MW
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  30. 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
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  31. 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
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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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
  35. Giant Steps ‘Applejack Vineyard’ Chardonnay 2019
    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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    James Halliday
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  36. 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
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    Mike Bennie
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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. Hoddles Creek Estate 1er Chardonnay 2020
    The Hoddles Creek 1er Chardonnay is a wine of exceptional class and intensity. Made exclusively from fruit grown on the Hoddles Creek estate, this is one of the Yarra Valley's benchmark Chardonnays. The fruit that winemaker Franco D'Anna has to ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
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  40. 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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