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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 Hoddles Creek 1er Yarra Valley Chardonnay
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 work with is as good as any in the Yarra Valley.
Immensely cellar-worthy and tightly wound, the 1er Chardonnay is only ever released in the best vintages. The 2018 season has revealed a wine that is a touch more open and approachable than usual, which as Gary Walsh observed, is no bad thing.
This is premium Chardonnay done the Yarra Valley way. Buy with supreme confidence.Read more about 2018 Hoddles Creek 1er Yarra Valley Chardonnay
2019 Hughes & Hughes Chardonnay
It's near on impossible to find a class act Chardonnay from Tasmania under $50, such is the demand for fruit on the Apple Isle.
Brothers Jonny and Matt Hughes have pulled a bit of a rabbit out of the hat with this one.
This is fruit from the Derwent and Coal River Valleys, fermented all in barrel with some malo and lees stiring. Remarkable that they can turn out a wine this good at the price, the Hughes lads are certainly ones to watch.
Just about as good as you will see for Tasmanian Chardonnay at this price.
Bargain.Read more about 2019 Hughes & Hughes 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 Vignerons Schmölzer & Brown Brunnen Chardonnay
If you are going to make Beechworth Chardonnay, it is fair to say the bar has been set high.
Names like Giaconda, Savaterre and Sorrenberg have set the standard for the region and they are some big shoes to fill. Tessa Brown and Jeremy Schmolzer are making a very good fist of it.
Their Brunnen Chardonnay comes from the vineyard directly across the road from their own block of fledgeling vines way up in the high country behind Beechworth. It is a beautiful site - cool, high and isolated.
The fruit is treated delicately; predominantly older oak, all natural ferments, malo only happens if it wants too. Nothing about this wine feels forced, it feels like it was nurtured into being. If this is the next generation of Beechworth Chardonnay, there's a bright future ahead for the region.Read more about 2018 Vignerons Schmölzer & Brown Brunnen 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