Chardonnay

Chardonnay is a noble grape with rich peach and melon flavours that shine with full-flavoured food such as chicken, pork and lobster. That it’s Australia’s most planted white grape is evidenced in the variety of styles on shelves today, from top chardonnays that equal the world’s best to our affordable chardonnays that provide everyday drinking.

Chardonnay comes from the (cool) Burgundy region of France with the first cuttings reaching our shores in 1832. A handful of descendant vines survived until the 1970s, when the white wine boom saw chardonnay planted across the country. It flourished in temperate maritime sites in the Hunter Valley and Margaret River, producing opulent chardonnays that established the Australian style.

However, the overwhelming demand for (any and all) white wine saw chardonnay planted in hot Riverland areas for simple everyday and cask wine. Oak became the crutch for these chardonnays with these overt styles driving the sunshine in a glass export boom of the 1990s.

These oaked styles saw the variety spurned in the ABC (Anything But Chardonnay) mutiny. The bright flavours and drinkability of newly popular sauvignon blanc forced a dramatic rethink among thoughtful winegrowers who crafted fine-boned chardonnays with a balance of fruit, oak and winemaking artifice. Elegant examples from Yarra Valley, Mornington Peninsula, Adelaide Hills and Tasmania have now restored chardonnay to its pre-eminent position.

Yalumba Eden Valley Viognier 750mL
$19.99
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Bunnamagoo Estate Chardonnay 750mL
$19.99
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Robert Bowen Chardonnay 750mL
$52.21
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Handpicked Wines Yarra Valley Chardonnay 750mL
$27.77
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