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Australian Chardonnay has come a long way over the last decade. From overly oaked caricatures to fine, balanced wines of elegance, it's been a huge turn around.
Here are six scintillating Chardonnays that showcase the excellent quality and value on offer today in Aussie Chardonnay.
It's the perfect way to explore a wide array of styles from some excellent producers.
2018 Tonic Wines Chardonnay
Few wineries enjoy the feverish scramble for their new releases like Tonic Wines. And the fever is well deserved.
They make painfully small batches of wine and with the excellent quality and value over the last few vintages, it's no surprise.
This Chardonnay is sourced from the Bowe-Lees vineyard in Woodside, Adelaide Hills. The 2018 vintage spent 24 hours on its skins before being basket pressed to barrel where it lay untouched, unstirred on lees for around 9 months. No malo.
Simple yet incredibly successful winemaking. With only a small allocation available, this may be your last chance to try this fascinating take on Chardonnay. Don't hesitate.Read more about 2018 Tonic Wines Chardonnay
2018 Two Tonne Tasmania TMV Chardonnay
The TMV Chardonnay from young Ricky Evans is a wine designed to tell the story of the vintage through the lens of the Tamar Valley
This wine is made from two different parcels of fruit from Ricky's fledgeling vineyard. It doesn't have the funk of the Ziggurat Chardonnay, it's a more classical and generous expression of Chardonnay from the region. This is only the first release and it's very promising.
Ricky has made quite a lot of Chardonnay during his previous life at a bigger Tasmanian-based wine company, here is his chance to make the style of Chrdonnay that he wants to drink.
It's excellent value - you'll need to look long and hard for a better priced Chardonnay of this quality from the Apple Isle.Read more about 2018 Two Tonne Tasmania TMV Chardonnay
2018 Salo Chardonnay
Salo is the colab project of two of the Yarra Valley's most loved winemakers - Steve Flamsteed (of Giant Steps fame) and Dave Mackintosh (Arfion main man).
This 2018 Chardonnay is a great example to date of what these two brilliant winemakers are trying to achieve in their partnership.
The fruit comes from the Full Moon vineyard in the cooler Gladysdale sub region of the Upper Yarra Valley, with all the hard work being put in in the vineyard rather than the winery. It's very simply whole bunch pressed into old, large format oak, with wild yeasts no additions.
It's a natural, energetic, highly characterful Chardonnay, expressing the slightly wild side if these two wonderful winemakers. The last few vintages have sold out in short order as this wine has developed its own following. The 2018 release does not disappoint.Read more about 2018 Salo Chardonnay
2018 Nick Spencer Tumbarumba Chardonnay
This is the second release of a Chardonnay under Nick Spencer's eponymous label.
The fruit comes from Tumbarumba. Nick has made Chardonnay from this region for a decade now, he believes that 2018 vintage has produced some of the best fruit he has seen.
This doesn't have the flashy oak and sulphide aspects which often characterised his critically acclaimed Chardonnays at Eden Road, this is a gentler, more streamlined version of the variety which showcases the purity of fruit from this cool NSW region.
"This is Tumbarumba in a bottle." - Nick SpencerRead more about 2018 Nick Spencer Tumbarumba Chardonnay
2018 Onannon Mornington Peninsula Chardonnay
The combined expertise of the Onannon winemaking trio comes to the fore here with this excellent Chardonnay from the Mornington Peninsula.
A single vineyard in Tuerong provides the fruit, the boys have played around with higher levels of solids in the ferment making a more complete wine on release. Byron, Middleton and Hermann taking full advantage of the good growing conditions on the Peninsula 2018.
This is a smoky cool-climate Chardonnay with great energy and drive through the mouth. Gary Walsh awarded it 94 points on the Wine Front, which is no mean feat.
If you love class-act Victorian Chardonnay, this offers brilliant value.Read more about 2018 Onannon Mornington Peninsula Chardonnay
2018 Nocturne SR Chardonnay
It's becoming incresingly difficult to find good Margaret River Chardonnay at a price point that you can drink any night of the week.
Enter the new SR Chardonnay from Julian and Alana Langworthy.
This is part of their new Sub-Regional range, exploring the pockets of Margaret River that excite them the most. The Chardonnay fruit for this wine comes from a couple of small vineyards in Treeton to the north-east of Margaret River township.
If you're familiar with the way these two make Chardonnay it will come as no surprise that this is a big, beautiful example of the variety with a touch of sulphide and funk.
It's ripe and open for business. The perfect wine to scratch the MR Chardy itch when it creeps up on you.Read more about 2018 Nocturne SR Chardonnay