Six Chardonnays to showcase, in all their summer-ready splendour, the two Australian capitals of this Noble Grape. A half-dozen whites from Western Australia and Victoria that demonstrate in no small way why our local Chardonnays are making such a noise on the world stage. This is States of Chardonnay.
For years now, Australia’s Chardonnay star has been on the rise, and these six expressions from our standout cool-climate regions are a cross-section of just what our producers are doing right. From luminaries that shape our Chardonnay landscape, this pack is a sure bet.
In the States of Chardonnay six, you will find one bottle each of the following:
Oakridge Wines Hazeldene Vineyard Chardonnay Yarra Valley 2017
De Bortoli The Estate Vineyard Chardonnay Yarra Valley 2017
Forest Hill Vineyard Estate Chardonnay Mount Barker 2017
Credaro 1000 Crowns Chardonnay Margaret River 2017
Jilyara Heath Road Chardonnay Margaret River 2018
DCB Wines Chardonnay Yarra Valley 2017
"Hand-picked whole-bunch pressed to French puncheons for wild ferment and 10 months on lees. The pale straw-green colour is striking; almond nuances add to the main drive of the bouquet and palate. A lively wine, oak barely worth mentioning."
95 points, Wine Companion (March 2019)
"Elegant and wonderfully persistent, this stylish chardonnay shows nectarine, lemon pith, vanilla and cedar characters on the nose, leading to a mouthfilling palate that is texturally delightful and lingering. The wine offers impressive presence and poise, finishing extremely long and refined. At its best: 2020 to 2026."
94 points, Wine Orbit (May 2019)
"From the morning sun plots at the Dixons Creek property. Similar technique to the other chardonnays in the stable, wild-fermented, lees aged and no new oak. Very much fruit-focused, edging to stone fruit, with superior palate presence and texture to the Villages, a whisker less complexity to A5. Ridiculous value."
95 points, Wine Companion (January 2019)
"A special selection from the estate vineyard, wild-fermented, matured for 8 months in French oak. It has more bite and structure than the other Credaro Chardonnays. Creamy cashew also plays a role."
95 points, Wine Companion (February 2019)
96 points, Wine Companion
"Almost guaranteed to please. The flavour, the flesh, the finish. It's driven by flavours of pear, peach and fresh-cut apple but it then adds cream and cashew notes as finishing touches. It's pure and crisp yet it has the body to satisfy. Very nicely done - and priced."
93 points, Wine Companion (May 2018)