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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 Dappled Appellation Chardonnay
If you like Yarra Valley Chardonnay, we've got a live one for you here.
The fastidious hands of winemaker Shaun Crinion have put together a dead-set pearler from the 2018 Yarra Valley vintage.
It's not often you find a focused, flavour packed, handmade Chardonnay for these dollars but that's exactly what Shaun has delivered. This is made using the same methodology as his premium single vineyard wines.
It's a whole lot of wine crammed into the bottle at the price. With the buzz around his award as 2018 Best New Winery from James Halliday, this small release won't be around for long!Read more about 2018 Dappled Appellation 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 Hoddles Creek Estate Chardonnay
For Yarra Valley Chardonnay fans, there's no better time of year than the release of the Hoddles Creek Estate Chardonnay.
There have been reams of praise written about this producer with regard to their unbelievable value.
This is Estate grown fruit, barrel fermented and matured, release young and fresh and zippy. Year in, year out this is one of the best value wines in the country.
Here, the balance and intensity of fruit, the craftsmanship of the winemaking, all remarkable. The wines are never available for long enough, unfortunately, so get in while the getting is good.Read more about 2018 Hoddles Creek Estate Chardonnay
2017 Domaine Naturaliste Floris Chardonnay
If you want Chardonnay with some flesh and weight, this is one of the best value you are going to find in Margaret River.
Bruce Dukes' obsession with Chardonnay clones has brought him to the conclusion that the Gin Gin clone is the best suited in Margaret River. As such, he uses this Gin Gin exclusively with all his Chardonnays, searching for sites where the variety does best in his region.
His mid-tier Floris Chardonnay shows ample barrel complexity alongside delicious stone fruit characters and a hint of grapefruit.
This release received a huge 96 points from James Halliday. Classic Margaret River Chardonnay and great buying at this price.Read more about 2017 Domaine Naturaliste Floris Chardonnay