Chardonnay comes in all shapes and sizes and from all over the Australian wine map but for the perfect balance of flavour and restrained elegance, nowhere does it better than the Yarra Valley. Our top six picks will bring a bit of Yarra Valley elegance to your summer, whatever your budget.
Flavour – check. Elegance – check. Refreshment – check. A super wine from a super Yarra vintage, this ticks all the boxes. Enjoy its citrus flavours and creamy texture now or let it develop further complexity over the medium term.
Item Code: ITM4067
Everything has a place and everything in its place: this gorgeous Chardonnay is just so well put together. It has structure, balance, bursts
of citrus fruit flavour, flint and nuts. It is textbook Yarra Valley Chardonnay that is right in the slot for drinking now.
Item Code: ITM2416
Oakridge is famous for its Chardonnay and this intense, vibrant and sharply focused Over the Shoulder 2016 perfectly shows off the quality of both region and winemaker.
Item Code: ITM6075
"Very light colour and a discreet, subtly complex, restrained bouquet, with clean almond, hazelnut and grapefruit flavours. Oak is so subtle its almost invisible. Nicely balanced accessible palate, with the merest touch of sweetness. Refined and delicious." Huon Hooke
Item Code: ITM6449
"There is such freshness and vitality to this new vintage release chardonnay from Giant Steps, which is a blend of the Sexton, Tarraford and Applejack vineyards. Looking swish with its new label, the wine has beautiful citrus top notes of lemon and grapefruit, with some underlying clotted cream. There is excellent expression the entire length of the palate, plus texture and gentle fruit. It is still looking a little primary but will bloom as the months' tick by. Though it is still mighty satisfying to drink right now." Toni Paterson MW
Item Code: ITM6789
This wine comes from the 25-year-old Chardonnay vines in the Dixon's Creek vineyard in the Yarra Valley. Aromas of pear and white peach move into a luscious palate of ripe stone fruit and fresh citrus characters. Well-rounded with an excellent textural mouthfeel on the finish.
Item Code: ITM1862