This Chardonnay Masterclass is a collection of six flagship wines from the most prestigious Chardonnay producing regions in Australia: the Yarra Valley, Tasmania, Margaret River and the Hunter Valley.
Be they multi-region blends like the Eileen Hardy or single-vineyard expressions like the Funder & Diamond, these Chardonnays, for each of the winemakers, is a best foot forward. Take-it or leave-it offerings that compete on the world stage or simple stamp Australia’s Chardonnay authority upon it. Enjoy!
"Medium-light straw colour; the bouquet laced with smoky sulfides, mineral undertones and struck-flint elements. Lemon, grapefruit and spice notes. The palate is tremendously intense and refined at the same time, focused and piercingly long, with a great combination of power and delicacy. Concentration, persistence and deliciousness. A smashing chardonnay to match a top premier or even grand cru Burgundy." 98 points, Huon Hooke
"An alluring, heady aroma of fresh cream, gentle ginger spice and lemon butter. The grapefruity palate is deliciously textured and long with an outstanding phenolic frame. A sophisticated, well-made wine that has presence, style and intensity. Highly recommended." 97 points, Toni Patterson MW
"From Tasmania, the Yarra Valley and Tumbarumba. Gleaming straw-green; manages to effortlessly combine power and intensity with elegance and glorious varietal fruit expression. White stone fruit is at the very heart of a palate that aspires to perfection. Quality French oak and minerally acidity play their parts, albeit largely forgotten in the wealth of fruit." 98 Points, James Halliday
"Gingin clone from the oldest estate vineyard, hand-picked, whole bunch-pressed, wild-fermented in French oak (35% new), stirred through 9 months maturation, no mlf. It's possible to suggest that Xanadu has its own style of Margaret River chardonnay as it has with cabernet. There is an extra degree of precision and length, the Yarra Valley taking the place of Great Southern for the comparison. Pink grapefruit, white peach and striking minerally acidity drive this wine at a furious pace." 97 points, James Halliday
"This the latest in a long line of superb chardonnays from one of the Yarra Valley's finest exponents. Brightly coloured, aromas of grapefruit, stone fruit and a little struck match lead onto the palate with is powerful, seamless and long. Still tightly wound, a long life seems assured." 95 points, Phillip Rich
"Smoky, complex, low-level sulfides, a more modern style emerging. Biscuity oak, seems like a different kind of oak. Very good flavour depth and richness allied with subtley and refinement, then a long, long carry. Very smart wine." 96 points, Huon Hooke