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Australia: Australian Chardonnay

What About Aussie Chardonnay?
Australia is home to some of the world’s outstanding Chardonnays and a huge volume of competitively priced, competently made bottlings. Most fighting varietal brands will carry the wide ranging South Eastern Australia appellation that plays host to many of the country’s viticultural districts, though premium estate wines will carry such familiar appellations of Padthaway, McLaren Vale and Eden Valley, to name but a few.

In recent years Australians have had a rethink about Chardonnay styles. The fashion is now for cooler climate areas, far less oak influence, and more vibrant citrus fruit flavors. The cool Padthaway region is now closely associated with this fresher style of Australian Chardonnay. Many wines now proudly state on the label that they are Unwooded.

With Australia at the forefront of technological advancement in viticulture and enology, and driven by a diversity of enormous commercial exporting producers and boutique wineries, Aussie Chardonnays should continue to compete effectively for the attention of US consumers.

Premier Producers
Coldstream Hills
Leeuwin Estate
Mitchelton (Reserve)
Penfolds (Yattarna)
Rosemount (Roxburg & Show Reserve)


Great Producers
Allandale
Allanmere
Arrowfield
Barossa Valley Estate (Ebenezer)
Blue Pyrenees
Coriole
Richard Hamilton
Hardys (Eileen Hardy)
Heemskerk
Peter Lehmann
Lindemans (Padthaway)
Lowe
Maglieri
Mountadam
Orlando (St. Hilary & St. Hugo)
Petaluma
Plunkett
Seppelt (Corella Ridge)
David Wynn
Wynns
Yarraman Road


Dependable Producers
Wolf Blass
Cockatoo Ridge
Deakin Estate
Fern Hill
Goundrey
Heggies
Jacob's Creek
Leydens Vale
Lindemans (Bin 65)
Marienberg
Chateau Reynella
Rosemount (Diamond Label)
Seaview
Seppelt (Reserve Bin)
Sheldrake

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