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  1. Oakridge LVS Willow Lake Chardonnay 2018 375ml
    Oakridge LVS Willow Lake Chardonnay 2018 375ml

    Winemaker and CEO David Bicknell has proved his worth time and again as an extremely talented winemaker. JAMES HALLIDAY

    What is there to say about this superb Yarra Valley winery. Headed up by Dave Bicknell it feels like they can do no wrong. Everything they make from top to bottom is deftly put together and sourced from the Yarra's best vineyards. The quality is always outstanding and the LVS (local vineyard series) is some of the best value Pinot and Chardonnay around. PWS

    I’ve probably said it before, and anyone who knows me knows I’m prone to repeating myself, but what a lovely evocative name it is for a vineyard.

    It doesn’t need any styling products; there’s not a hair out of place here. White peach and lime, green melon, almond nougat, a whisper of struck match and spice. Smooth and flavoursome, a subtle viscosity interlaid with chalk and flint, some floral mouth-perfume, slight tweak to the finish with citrus rind and grapefruit tang. Right proper Chardonnay here. GARY WALSH, The Wine Front

    2018
    chardonnay
    Australia
    506
  2. Antoine Olivier Santenay Le Bievaux Blanc 2018
    Antoine Olivier Santenay Le Bievaux Blanc 2018
    A great exampole of the value from Santentay - this single site Climat Has a high percentage of limestone over clay - it is energentic- vibrant and textural chardonnay, and with a nice balance of oak (25% new)  provides an little more structure to the wine than the Bourgone. ALEX WILCOX

    Again, wide, fresh, clean agrumes. A little more structural more depth of flavour, faintly spiced.. gorgeously finishing. Really only at the end, end a touch of oak. Bravo. BILL NANSON Burgundy Report
    2018
    chardonnay
    France
    358
  3. Murdoch Hill Rocket Chardonnay 2020
    Murdoch Hill Rocket Chardonnay 2020
    Bolder expression of The Rocket, lots of flavour, lots of impact. Cinnamon and clove spice, cedar and tobacco, apple, green melon, wet slate going on. Flinty flecks through green apple, cinnamon spice and vanilla with faint smoky notes. Big mouthful of wine with powerful spine of acidity. The finish is a little firm and smoky. Tightly packed, complex, and structured. Impressive. Feels very fancy. MIKE BENNIE, winefront.com
    2020
    chardonnay
    Australia
    340
  4. Roche de Bellene Bellenos Blanc 2018
    Roche de Bellene Bellenos Blanc 2018

    The Bellenos range sit under the newly created Coteaux Bourgignons (Hillside Burgundy) appellation. This new appellation was created in 2011 to allow producers in the region more freedom to blend wines, among varieties and throughout a larger designated area. It is designed to promote Burgundy that is of real quality but perhaps fits outside the traditional constraints of AOC regulations. It extends from Cote d’or in the north to Beaujolais in the south.

    The blanc is a blend of mainly chardonnay sourced from a cluster of southern Burgundy and northern Beaujolais sites. A touch of aligoté is also blended in to provide a little extra zip and vigour to the wine. Fermentation is all done in stainless steel tank with about 8 months in larger old barrels and aging on fine lees to provide a little extra texture and weight.

    A nice little hit of exotic fruits but pulled in tight to keep things fresh and while there is plenty of plushness and mid-palate richness there is a lovely savoury edge and spicey mineral note that threads it all together nicely. 

    2018
    chardonnay
    France
    358
  5. Riorret Lusatia Park Vineyard Chardonnay 2017
    Riorret Lusatia Park Vineyard Chardonnay 2017
    Lusatia Park is in the Upper Yarra, and the cooler climate - coupled with the modest alcohol - led to the decision to take the wine through mlf. It certainly hasn't stripped the elegance or fresh, juicy/limey acidity of this lovely chardonnay. The Yarra Valley length of flavour is on full display, oak (obviously) simply a means to an end. JAMES HALLIDAY, winecompanion.com
    2017
    chardonnay
    Australia
    506
    Special Price $40.00 Regular Price $49.00 As low as $33.00
  6. Bilancia Tiratore Chardonnay 2019
    Bilancia Tiratore Chardonnay 2019

    This was sourced from the whole property, picking the highlights from the site to make the wine.

    Quite potent, full and waxy but with flinty elements in the mix and a good lick of river pebble through it all. Lemon on green apple, slate notes, brown spice and faint honey toast, plus savoury almond detail, with supple texture through the finish and yet a cool, and again, almondy finish. Generous, but balanced, proper flavourtown stuff. Very good. MIKE BENNIE, The Wine Front

    A very composed and complex chardonnay with fresh peach and grapefruit, as well as almond and hazelnut. Complex and exuberant style. The palate has a very plush, fleshy and cooly composed style with ripe peach and pear and a spicy, nutty finish. Drink now. Screw cap. NICK STOCK, jamessuckling.com

    Rich and intense, but with a drive of acidity that is pure linear energy. Complex, and develops beautifully on opening – I’d surely decant this. Plenty of vanilla oak influence – strudel, nougat and baking spices. A deliciously silky mouthfeel – unctuous yet with a stony minerality underneath. A floral, spiciness develops in the mile-long, sweetening finish. 97pts. Would rank among the best of any New Zealand wines. (97) DAVID WALKER BELL, www.winefolio.com

    2019
    chardonnay
    New Zealand
    403
  7. Pierre Gimonnet Special Club Cramant Grand Cru 2014
    Pierre Gimonnet Special Club Cramant Grand Cru 2014
    The 2014 Brut Spécial Club is a blend of fruit taken mostly from Cramant, with Chouilly and Cuis in supporting roles. The breadth and power of Cramant comes through loud and clear. Readers will find a potent, at times austere, Champagne that needs a bit of time in the cellar to soften. The Special Club does not offer the immediacy of the Chouilly or Cramant Special Clubs, but it has plenty of its own allure. Dried pear, spice, crushed flowers and chamomile are some of the aromas and flavors that linger on the imposing finish. Dosage is 4 grams per liter. Disgorged: December 13, 2019. ANTONIO GALLONI, Vinous 2020
    2014
    chardonnay
    France
    376
  8. Antoine Olivier Santenay Le Bievaux Blanc 2019
    Antoine Olivier Santenay Le Bievaux Blanc 2019
    Deeper again, this time a little less width. Freshly energetic, citrus intensity, layers of flavour. So mouth-watering… always a great wine here – bravo. BILL NANSON, Burgundy Report

    On the nose this is quite pretty, but reserved with just a little meyer lemon, chalk dust and lemon drizzle cake type of feel. Take a sip though and it's a different story, this is bursting with energy and mouth-watering intensity. There's a spear of bristling, lemony acidity that whisks the wine across the palate at some pace, leaving behind it a lovely undercarriage of oily, mouth-coating texture which then gives way to a powdery, sparkling finish. It's screams for a plate stacked high with calamari dusted in semolina and flash fried in good olive oil. Such a charismatic wine. ALEX DOBSON, PWS
    2019
    chardonnay
    France
    358
  9. Zind Humbrecht Zind 2019
    Zind Humbrecht Zind 2019
    STAGE 7 -  MOUNTAIN - TOMBLAINE > LA SUPER PLANCHE DES BELLES FILLES 176.5 KM

    Zind Humbrecht is one of the unquestioned kings of aromatic whites. His ceaseless drive to create the worlds greatest examples of his varieties is nothing short of remarkable as are the resulting offerings. A devoted proponent of Biodynamics, a gifted presenter and communicator and a towering figure of modern wine, the first Frenchman to be awarded the MW (International Master of Wine) he has justifiably earned his reputation as one of legends of modern wine.

    The Zind is one of our favourite bottlings and uses a combination of pinot gris and chardonnay from the Clos Windsbuhl grand cru vineyard. A little time in oak casks gives this a plush and round feel while the addition of gris adds some extra floral elements, spice and hit of quartzy minerality. Its dry with a chalky edge and gentle grip. Clean cut tree fruit are gently supported by oak that plays soft and subtly adding texture and weght rather then and overt oak flavours or aromas. A lip-smacking dry Alsace white that's just humming along right now.
    2019
    chardonnay, White Blend
    France
    343
  10. Tarrawarra Chardonnay MDB 2015
    Tarrawarra Chardonnay MDB 2015
    This wine is very good. Seldom made, it is a reflection of select, high-performing plots preening in top vintages such as this. The intensity and compelling persistence of flavour careens along a track of pungent mineral and transparent acidity. The fruit, stone fruit all, comes a distant second to the wine's structural pedigree. There is plenty of oak slung across its frame, too. However, it nestles effortlessly into the wine's weight and precision, channelling it toward a long life NED GOODWIN MW, James Halliday's Wine Companion

    If the 2012 was a Toorak tractor then this is a Bentley. A stately and sophisticated wine that makes a statement but isn't flashy or overt, rather it relies on the sheer class of its fruit and sophistication of winemaking to say everything that needs to be said. I think, at some stage, the wood was probably quite evident here but now it just provides a very subtle background note of spice and smoke. It's so confident and well executed that it's easy to overlook the inherent power that it, deftly, holds, the intensity of fruit and impressive volume seem to come together with ease and fill your mouth without being overbearing, rather it's quite an enticing character that brings you back for more. Seamless, the overall sense is one of zen like harmony. I only had a small taste, I will be buying some bottles for myself. ROSCOE
    2017
    chardonnay
    Australia
    506
  11. Matthiasson Napa Valley Linda Vista Chardonnay 2021
    Matthiasson Napa Valley Linda Vista Chardonnay 2021

    Inviting aromas of lemon curd, wet stone and fresh herbs. Medium-bodied with lively acidity. So fresh and clear on the palate. Refreshing and delicious. From organically grown grapes. Drink now. JAMES SUCKLING

    Golden Delicious apples, yellow peaches, musk melon, and honey greet the nose and persist through to the palate. Medium acidity is balanced by pleasant fleshiness, finishing very clean with a hint of minerality.

    For complexity, completeness, and balance, we achieve a diversity of ripeness by using the traditional method of harvesting the fruit a number of different times during the ripening period. The earlier harvests contribute acidity and minerality, and the later harvests contribute flesh and richness. We whole-cluster press all of the grapes, then ferment and age the wine in seasoned French oak barrels, with only native yeast. No battonage (lees stirring) or racking. We allow two-fifths of the barrels to go through malo-lactic fermentation. MATTHIASSON

    2020
    chardonnay
    USA
    446
  12. Honky Chateau Ikigai Chardonnay 2021
    Honky Chateau Ikigai Chardonnay 2021
    This by somm Chris Ryan of Cummulus Inc so you know he know what good booze is supposed to look like. All from a single vineyard in Healesville handpicked, crushed and pressed to all old 300l barrels. All wild ferment and just a couple of barrels that kicked on through to natural malo and kept for a bit of extra depth. Keen and minimal winemaking - we love it!

    Lush, soft and juicy, tropical leaning chardonnay with a really good dose of sweet spice. Slurpy, yummo kinda vibe. Not changing the world but this thing is delicious. Delivers a really good hit of chardy. MIKE BENNIE, The Wine Front
    2021
    chardonnay
    Australia
    353
  13. Mulline Portarlington Chardonnay 2022
    Mulline Portarlington Chardonnay 2022
    Barrel fermented with full solids, no mlf, matured in 25% new French barriques and puncheons. A bright green gold. Opens with aromas of white nectarine and peach, lemon verbena and grapefruit pith before revealing attractive savoury, nutty notes. There's real drive and persistence on the palate, too, which culminates in a long, mineral and chalky finish. Excellent. (94) PHILIP RICH, Halliday Wine Companino
    2022
    chardonnay
    Australia
    354
  14. Roagna Langhe Solea 2019
    Roagna Langhe Solea 2019
    Near the new cellar, in the mention owned exclusively by our family, we have a Chardonnay vineyard, which we use for the production of Solea, together with a percentage of Nebbiolo.
    Fermentation takes place exclusively in wooden vats using a pied de cuve made from indigenous yeasts and lasts about ten days. The wine ages in a neutral oak barrel for about two years. Roagna
    2019
    chardonnay, Nebbiolo
    Italy
    457
    Special Price $144.00 Regular Price $170.00
  15. Moorooduc Estate McIntyre Vineyard Chardonnay 2019
    Moorooduc Estate McIntyre Vineyard Chardonnay 2019
    This Chardonnay takes its time opening but when it does, reveals a gorgeous nose of seashell and citrus, underlaid by peach blossom and stony mineral nuances. There's gorgeously pure fruit on the palate lifted by crystalline acidity with layers of texture and tension, finishing on a flint and citrus peel note. This should age with grace, gaining honey-nut complexity. Drink though 2032. CHRISTINA PICKARD, Wine Enthusiast
    2019
    chardonnay
    Australia
    441
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