Chardonnay

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.
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    Holly South Series Chardonnay 2021
    • Variety Chardonnay
    • Vintage 2021
    • Brand Matahiwi
    • Cellaring 3-5 Years
    • Wine Type White
    • Alcohol Percentage 13.0% Alcohol
    Holly South Series Chardonnay 2021
    "A limited edition, hand harvested & fully barrel fermented Chardonnay from Ma..."
    $28.99
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    • Michael Cooper
      5 points
    • Raymond Chan Wi
      18 points
    Maison Noire Puketapu Chardonnay 2022
    • Variety Chardonnay
    • Vintage 2022
    • Brand Maison Noire
    • Cellaring 3-5 Years
    • Wine Type White
    • Alcohol Percentage 13.37% Alcohol
    Maison Noire Puketapu Chardonnay 2022
    "An inspired and boutique wine made by French winemaker, Guillaume Thomas. Han..."
    $34.99
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    • Cameron Douglas
      98 points
    • Bob Campbell MW
      95 points
    • Jancis Robinson
      17+ points
    Kumeu River 'Mates Vineyard' Chardonnay 2022
    • Variety Chardonnay
    • Vintage 2022
    • Brand Kumeu River
    • Cellaring 5-10 Years
    • Wine Type White
    • Alcohol Percentage 13.0% Alcohol
    Kumeu River 'Mates Vineyard' Chardonnay 2022
    "If you can taste history, duty, and family pride in a glass, it’s there in th..."
    $84.99
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    • Michael Cooper
      4 points
    Bushmere Estate Classic Chardonnay 2021
    • Variety Chardonnay
    • Vintage 2021
    • Brand Bushmere Estate
    • Cellaring 5-10 Years
    • Wine Type White
    • Alcohol Percentage 13.5% Alcohol
    Bushmere Estate Classic Chardonnay 2021
    "Bright, evenly light yellow with some depth and a slightly green hue. The nos..."
    $25.99
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    Te Mania Chardonnay 2021
    • Variety Chardonnay
    • Vintage 2021
    • Brand Te Mania
    • Cellaring 1-3 Years
    • Wine Type White
    • Alcohol Percentage 13.9% Alcohol
    Te Mania Chardonnay 2021
    "The Nelson region has established a strong reputation for this classic variet..."
    $24.99
    Junction Wines Corner Post Chardonnay 2021
    • Variety Chardonnay
    • Vintage 2021
    • Brand Junction Wines
    • Cellaring 5-10 Years
    • Wine Type White
    • Alcohol Percentage 13.5% Alcohol
    Junction Wines Corner Post Chardonnay 2021
    "A 100% barrel fermented full bodied chardonnay erupting with mango, scorched ..."
    $30.99
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    Sobriety Society Organic Alcohol Removed Chardonnay NV
    • Variety Chardonnay
    • Vintage NV
    • Brand Sobriety Society
    • Cellaring 3-5 Years
    • Wine Type White
    • Alcohol Percentage 0.0% Alcohol
    Sobriety Society Organic Alcohol Removed Chardonnay NV
    "Sobriety Society is a range of zero-alcohol wines made with organically grown..."
    $16.99
    Longbush Wines Reserve Chardonnay 2022
    • Variety Chardonnay
    • Vintage 2022
    • Brand Longbush Wines
    • Cellaring 3-5 Years
    • Wine Type White
    • Alcohol Percentage 13.0% Alcohol
    Longbush Wines Reserve Chardonnay 2022
    "The reserve series of Longbush wines, from the carefully selected premium par..."
    $29.99
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    Domaine Chavy Chouet Bourgogne Blanc Les Femelottes 2021
    • Variety Chardonnay
    • Vintage 2021
    • Brand Domaine Chavy Chouet
    • Cellaring 5-10 Years
    • Wine Type White
    • Alcohol Percentage 13.0% Alcohol
    Domaine Chavy Chouet Bourgogne Blanc Les Femelottes 2021
    "The Domaine Chavy-Chouet is located in Meursault. The 15-hectare wine estate,..."
    $84.99
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    • Jancis Robinson
      16.5 points
    • Alistair Cooper
      94 points
    Domaine Chavy Chouet Bourgogne Blanc Les Saussots 2021
    • Variety Chardonnay
    • Vintage 2021
    • Brand Domaine Chavy Chouet
    • Cellaring 5-10 Years
    • Wine Type White
    • Alcohol Percentage 13.0% Alcohol
    Domaine Chavy Chouet Bourgogne Blanc Les Saussots 2021
    "The fruit for this wine comes from the Les Saussots vineyard in Meursault. It..."
    $84.99
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    Val St Pierre Vin De Pays D'Oc Chardonnay 2022
    • Variety Chardonnay
    • Vintage 2022
    • Brand Celliers Jean d'Alibert
    • Cellaring 1-3 Years
    • Wine Type White
    • Alcohol Percentage 13.0% Alcohol
    Val St Pierre Vin De Pays D'Oc Chardonnay 2022
    "Sourced from selected vineyards in the area of Carcassonne & the Minervois wh..."
    $24.99
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    Louis Moreau Petit Chablis A.O.C. 2022
    • Variety Chardonnay
    • Vintage 2022
    • Brand Domaine Louis Moreau
    • Cellaring 1-3 Years
    • Wine Type White
    • Alcohol Percentage 12.5% Alcohol
    Louis Moreau Petit Chablis A.O.C. 2022
    "Louis Moreau's Petit Chablis is a fresh and very aromatic wine. The aroma is ..."
    $44.99
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    Le Versant 'Vin De Pays D'Oc' Chardonnay 2021
    • Variety Chardonnay
    • Vintage 2021
    • Brand Le Versant
    • Cellaring 1-3 Years
    • Wine Type White
    • Alcohol Percentage 13.5% Alcohol
    Le Versant 'Vin De Pays D'Oc' Chardonnay 2021
    "A stunning United Cellars exclusive, similar to a well made Mâcon. Lively, fr..."
    $29.99
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    • Vinous
      94 points
    • Tim Atkin MW
      92 points
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    Bodegas Salentein 'Primus' Chardonnay 2018
    • Variety Chardonnay
    • Vintage 2018
    • Brand Bodegas Salentein
    • Cellaring 5-10 Years
    • Wine Type White
    • Alcohol Percentage 14.0% Alcohol
    Bodegas Salentein 'Primus' Chardonnay 2018
    "Salentein Primus Chardonnay is a wine of distinction that combines the best o..."
    $89.99
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    Holly Chardonnay 2022
    • Variety Chardonnay
    • Vintage 2022
    • Brand Matahiwi
    • Cellaring 3-5 Years
    • Wine Type White
    • Alcohol Percentage 12.5% Alcohol
    Holly Chardonnay 2022
    "A rich barrel fermented Chardonnay in the classic style, from the Bridge Pa a..."
    $26.99
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    Anchor Bay Reserve Chardonnay 2022
    • Variety Chardonnay
    • Vintage 2022
    • Brand Anchorage Wines
    • Cellaring 1-3 Years
    • Wine Type White
    • Alcohol Percentage 13.0% Alcohol
    Anchor Bay Reserve Chardonnay 2022
    "Discover the exquisite flavors of the Anchorage Reserve chardonnay 2023, craf..."
    $22.99
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    Domaine Bernard Defaix Chablis 2022
    • Variety Chardonnay
    • Vintage 2022
    • Brand Domaine Bernard Defaix
    • Cellaring 5-10 Years
    • Wine Type White
    • Alcohol Percentage 13.0% Alcohol
    Domaine Bernard Defaix Chablis 2022
    "Chablis is renowned for producing some of the world's finest Chardonnay wines..."
    $64.99
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    Tempest Cove 'Buttery Chardy' 2021
    • Variety Chardonnay
    • Vintage 2021
    • Brand Tempest Cove
    • Cellaring 3-5 Years
    • Wine Type White
    • Alcohol Percentage 13.0% Alcohol
    Tempest Cove 'Buttery Chardy' 2021
    "Exclusively produced for United Cellars by Miles Dineen, a Chardonnay legend...."
    $19.99
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    Hills And Rivers Chardonnay 2021
    • Variety Chardonnay
    • Vintage 2021
    • Brand Ash Ridge
    • Cellaring 1-3 Years
    • Wine Type White
    • Alcohol Percentage 13.0% Alcohol
    Hills And Rivers Chardonnay 2021
    "A rich Chardonnay aged for 15 months on oak. Soft, buttery aromas meld with h..."
    $19.99
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    • Sam Kim
      93 points
    • Michael Cooper
      4.5 points
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    Tiki Koro Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2018
    • Variety Chardonnay
    • Vintage 2022
    • Brand Tiki Wines
    • Cellaring 3-5 Years
    • Wine Type White
    • Alcohol Percentage 13.5% Alcohol
    Tiki Koro Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2018
    "The Tiki Koro Hawke's Bay Chardonnay 2018 is a full-flavored Chardonnay with ..."
    $34.99
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    • Sam Kim
      96 points
    • Cameron Douglas
      94 points
    • Raymond Chan Wi
      95 points
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    te Pa Reserve St Leonards Chardonnay 2018
    • Variety Chardonnay
    • Vintage 2018
    • Brand te Pa
    • Cellaring 3-5 Years
    • Wine Type White
    • Alcohol Percentage 13.5% Alcohol
    te Pa Reserve St Leonards Chardonnay 2018
    "Te Pa 'The Reserve Collection' St Leonard's Chardonnay 2018 is a New Zealand ..."
    $39.99
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    • Michael Cooper
      4.5 points
    Twin Totara Kumeu Chardonnay 2019
    • Variety Chardonnay
    • Vintage 2019
    • Brand Twin Totara
    • Cellaring 3-5 Years
    • Wine Type White
    • Alcohol Percentage 12.0% Alcohol
    Twin Totara Kumeu Chardonnay 2019
    "From the highly lauded Kumeu wine region, famed for some of New Zealand's bes..."
    $24.99
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    • Cameron Douglas
      93 points
    Neudorf Tiritiri Chardonnay 2019
    • Variety Chardonnay
    • Vintage 2019
    • Brand Neudorf Vineyards
    • Cellaring Drink Now
    • Wine Type White
    • Alcohol Percentage 13.0% Alcohol
    Neudorf Tiritiri Chardonnay 2019
    "Classically Neudorf, in restraint and modernity, Tiritiri is a Chardonnay lov..."
    $25.99
    • Sam Kim
      91 points
    Drouhin-Vaudon Chablis 2019
    • Variety Chardonnay
    • Vintage 2019
    • Brand Drouhin-Vaudon
    • Cellaring 3-5 Years
    • Wine Type White
    • Alcohol Percentage 13.0% Alcohol
    Drouhin-Vaudon Chablis 2019
    "Classic Chablis! Light, fresh - the perfect balance of ripeness and zesty aci..."
    $45.99
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Chardonnay is one of the most versatile white wine grapes and one of the most widely planted in the world. This classic grape variety first came to Australia in the late 1920s but it wasn't until the 1970s that it become the most widely planted variety in the country.

The peak of its fame came in the 1980s but the style, full of "oaky" buttery flavours, has since become less popular. Today Chardonnay tends to be more restrained with outstanding structure and balance. Look for hints of vanilla/oak flavours and plenty of ripe, melon/grapefruit to ripe peach fruit, from warmer inland regions (Murray Darling, Riverland, Riverina). The Yarra Valley and Margaret River are know for producing wonderful Chardonnay examples that show fruit richness and complexity. Whilst from the coolest regions, such as Tasmania, Adelaide Hills and Mornington Peninsula the characters are more subtle, restrained, mineral with citrus and grapefruit.

It is suited to a wide variety of soils, though it excels in soils with a high limestone content as found in Champagne, Chablis, and the Côte d`Or. Burgundy is Chardonnay's spiritual home and the best White Burgundies are dry, rich, honeyed wines with marvelous poise, elegance and balance.

Chardonnay is critical to the Champagne blend, providing backbone and finesse. It is the only grape that can be used to produce Blanc de Blancs. It is also widely planted in California, Chile and South Africa, and New Zealand.

 

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