Chardonnay has incredible versatility and can be picked over quite a wide range of sugar levels and flavour ripeness.
The variety takes its name from the village of Chardonnay near Uchizy in the Mâconnais, in southern Burgundy. A region gaining in reputation for the production of delicious Chardonnay. Thought to have originated from Sâone-et-Loire between Lyon and Dijon.
Where is it grown?
Burgundy is the mythical home of Chardonnay. From there it spreads far and wide across the world. One of the three main varieties of Champagne production, we also see massive plantings in Australia and North America. You’ll find it somewhere in pretty much every wine growing country.
In Australia 340,000 tonnes of Chardonnay grapes are harvested each year over four times more than the No.2 white grape in Australia, Sauvignon Blanc!
What does it taste like?
There are a vast array of flavours, aromas, and, textures that Chardonnay can offer from the fruit alone, add in use of solid, fermentation vessels like oak, eggs, and tanks, and, malolactic fermentation, the sky is the limit.
Chardonnay has incredible versatility and can be picked over quite a wide range of sugar levels and flavour ripeness. The same vineyard can be picked with enough sugar to make a wine of 10-11% alcohol for sparkling production and then 14% for table wine with anything in between possible. Picked earlier it tends to have more citrus and green apple characters. Picked ripper the natural acidity drops and the flavours progress through stone fruit, to pineapple, fig and melon.
The hand of the winemaker has been particularly evident in Australia over the last 20 years. Starting with big, broad, alcoholic full malo styles in the 1980’s and 1990’s, the pendulum swung to the lean, acid driven styles in Australia in the mid-00’s, with some down right mean wines produced in the cooler climates like the Yarra Valley, Adelaide Hills, Mornington, and, Tasmania. Currently, styles have found balance with generosity and elegance. Australian Chardonnay is the best it has ever been. Restrained oak use is thankfully the norm, and, globally we are seeing greater use of larger oak barrels, reducing the influence of any new oak.
Use of wild fermentation, malolactic fermentation and grape solids in ferments can add an array of secondary aromas and flavours, nuttiness, creaminess, bakery notes, butteriness, funk.
Some makers have played heavily with reduction in Chardonnay often resulting in flinty, burnt match characters.
In Burgundy, climate change, just as in Australia (along with mature vineyards) has seen picking times bought forward with sugar levels maintaining. The degree of chaptalisation in Burgundy is reducing and is often not required at all.
Exploding out of the glass with an immediate generosity. The best value white Burgundy next Chavy's Bourgogne I've tried in recent years.A rewarding drink!$37ea in any 3+, $35ea in any 6+ $39.00 More Info
Talmard Macon-Montbellet ‘La Bergerie’ 2016
Life's Pretty Good in the Winery when you Start with Fruit this Good!Perfectly Balanced!From $35ea with any 12 Bottles $40.00 More Info
Yabby Lake Single Vineyard Chardonnay 2014
Adrian's 2018's have followed on where the 2017's left off. The harmony, texture and personality are all there!$38ea in any 3+, $36ea in any 6+ $40.00 More Info
A.Rodda ‘Smiths’ Beechworth Chardonnay 2018
The Willow Lake has excellent depth and length, with the acid to match the fruit intensity. It needs the most time to resolve of Adrian's 3 Chardonnays. When it does it is going to be freaky good.$38ea in any 3+, $36ea in any 6+ $40.00 More Info
A.Rodda ‘Willow Lake’ Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2018
The latest addition to Adrian's Chardonnay range. The Baxendale is supple plush, clean & long. For mine the most immediately approachable$38ea in any 3+, $36ea in any 6+ $40.00 More Info
A.Rodda ‘Baxendale’ Whitlands Chardonnay 2018
The Winemaking Team Reckon this is the Best Chardonnay they've ever Made!A Stunner!$44ea in any 3+, $42ea in any 6+ $46.00 More Info
Yabby Lake Single Vineyard Chardonnay 2017
Rich and Expansive with Layers of Flavour & Generosity. Great concentration with a long finish.Close PlantedFrom $42ea* $47.00 More Info
Serrat Chardonnay 2016
Michael Corbett is a Winemaker Ascending! 20 Vintages in he's Making Superb Wines! Look at Mâcon!🧠+❤️= 💯$46ea in any 3+, $44ea in any 6+ $48.00 More Info
Vanguardist Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2017
- Great Chardy
This finds the perfect balance between richness & juicy acid, delicacy & power, fruit & complexity!Such Purity & Expression!$48ea in any 3+, $46ea in any 6+ $50.00 More Info
Hoddles Creek 1er Chardonnay 2015
Franco's at the top of his game. Making wine with balance between richness & juicy acid, delicacy & power, fruit & complexity!Such Purity & Expression!$48ea in any 3+, $46ea in any 6+ $50.00 More Info
Hoddles Creek 1er Chardonnay 2017
- Stelvin Lux
When your vineyard neighbours are Coche and Roulot there's a fair chance you going to get some cracking fruit!Packed with fruit from Mersault!$57.5 in any 3+ $55 in any 6+ $60.00 More Info
Domaine Benjamin Leroux Bourgogne Blanc 2015
This is a delicious drink straight off the bat!$61ea in any 3+, $58ea in any 6+ $64.00 More Info
Domaine Bernard Moreau Bourgogne Chardonnay 2017
- $63ea in any 3+, $60ea in any 6+ $66.00 More Info
Domaine Guillot-Broux Mâcon-Cruzille Les Genievrières 2015
- $65ea in any 3+, $62ea in any 6+ $68.00 More Info
Domaine Guillot-Broux Mâcon-Chardonnay Les Combettes 2016
- $70.00 More Info
Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Bourgogne Chardonnay 2016
- $71.00 More Info
Domaine Hubert Lamy Bourgogne Les Chataigners 2016
- $73ea in any 3+, $70ea in any 6+ $76.00 More Info
Jean-Paul et Benôit Droin Chablis 2017
- $72ea in any 3+, $68ea in any 6+ $76.00 More Info
Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis Tête d’Or 2017
- $74ea in any 3+, $70ea in any 6+ $78.00 More Info
André Bonhomme Viré-Clessé ‘Les Prêtres de Quintaine’ 2016
- Stelvin Lux
While it is clearly riper than 2014, it remains racy and crystalline with nectarine and citrus fruits and a notable core of chalky, mineral freshness.Vineyards next to MersaultFrom $75ea $80.00 More Info
Domaine Benjamin Leroux Auxey-Duresses Blanc 2015