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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 Toolangi Estate Pauls Lane Chardonnay
The top Chardonnay from Toolangi here and a ripping release of it at that.
The fruit is grown on the Toolangi Estate vineyard in Dixons Creek - one of the very best places in the Yarra Valley to grow premium Chardonnay.
This is Yarra Valley Chardonnay in full flight. It's tightly wound and incredibly powerful. A wine that will blow your hair back on release and continue to evolve for many years in the bottle.
With an outstanding 98 point review from Campbell Mattinson in the Halliday Wine Companion, this is one of the highest rated Chardonnays ever from this Estate. A top flight release and exceptional value for money when compared to the very best of the region.Read more about 2018 Toolangi Estate Pauls Lane Chardonnay
2018 Guthrie Clones Chardonnay
The cool climate of the Piccadilly Valley in the Adelaide Hills produces lovely tight versions of Chardonnay when in the hands of clever winemakers, such as Hugh Guthrie.
This fruit was picked from a single block in the quiet of morning, naturally fermented and allowed to go through natural malolactic fermentation. The result is a wine with lovely mouthfeel and a great balance between cool-climate tension and palate coating creaminess.
The 2018 vintage received 95 points from James Halliday and 94 points from The Wine Front's Gary Walsh.
There is a lot of Chardonnay here on offer for the price.Read more about 2018 Guthrie Clones Chardonnay