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Chardonnay

World famous and strangely controversial, Chardonnay probably elicits more reactions (both good and bad) than any other grape variety we have in the shop. Many people got turned off Chardonnay when you couldn’t move for over-oaked Aussie Chardonnay during the 80s and 90s. However, for those that have stuck with it, there’s far more to this grape than the mouthful of mass produced, slightly cloying plonk that was everywhere 20 or so years ago. Indeed, Chardonnay can be sublime and many of the classiest bottles are to be found in Burgundy. Take Chablis, for example, where the grape gives a wonderfully clean, citrusy, mineral mouthful. Move further south to the Cote d’Or and (depending on where you are) you can experience it as a creamy, nutty, lemon and lime confection. And leave France and you can find great examples from California, Chile, South Africa, New Zealand and yes, Australia, all with their own distinct characteristics. And if that’s not enough, there’s always Chardonnay’s starring role in Champagne!

Vina Cobos 2018 Felino Chardonnay 750ml

$29.47

Pale silver-yellow. Classic Chardonnay fruit aromas of peach, fresh apricot and pear are complicated by sexy nuances of flowers, hazelnut and spices. Rich, sweet and ripe on the palate, with just enough framing acidity to maintain its balance; the wine's...

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Catena Zapata 2018 Chardonnay 750ml

$29.55

The balsamic, smoky and spicy white 2018 Catena Chardonnay is a blend of different vineyards matured in oak barrels for ten months. 2018 was a very good harvest in Mendoza after two unusual vintages, the extremely wet 2016 and 2017 marked by frost and a...

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Vina Cobos 2017 Bramare Marchiori Chardonnay 750ml

$78.17

Bright yellow-gold. Yellow peach, apricot, hazelnut, toast and an almost exotic honeyed note on the expressive oaky nose, lifted by a floral element. Wonderfully silky and fine-grained, with a saline restraint to its sweetness. Perhaps a bit aggressive...

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