Wines to drink on International Chardonnay Day, Thursday 25th May 2023

The Adelaide Hills Wine Region has plenty of suggestions for delicious Chardonnays to drink on International Chardonnay Day on Thursday the 25th May.

All of these wines come highly recommended by independent wine critics or high awards at wine shows so you know they are top quality wines and can enjoy them with absolute confidence. 

New Wave/Modern Style

The new wave of Chardonnay are those examples that are contemporary expressions displaying balanced fruit and oak influence and a flinty note.

Orlando Lyndale Chardonnay 2021 ($50)
Mt Lofty Ranges Vineyard Aspire Lenswood Chardonnay 2021 ($55)
Shaw + Smith M3 Chardonnay 2022 ($55)
Lofty Valley Estate Lani's View Chardonnay 2020 ($80)
Penfolds 2021 Bin A Chardonnay 2021 ($125)

Traditional Richness

Beautifully rich chardonnay wines that are full of the characteristics that made us fall in love with Chardonnay in the first place – full bodied, creamy and delicious.

Petaluma Chardonnay 2022  ($58)
Tapanappa 1.5m Tiers Vineyard Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay 2022 ($59)
The Lane Heritage Chardonnay 2021 ($100)
Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay 2022 ($100)

Lean & Elegant

Delicate and refined, medium bodied with pristine fruit clarity and natural acidity, with careful use of oak and other winemaking techniques.

Ashton Hills Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay 2021 ($40)
Sidewood The Owen Signature Chardonnay 2021 ($60)

Undiscovered Gems

Coming from very small producers whom you may not have heard of, these wines are crackers that you need to try.

Catlin Wines Nellie Margaret Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2017 ($32)
Turon Wines Chardonnay 2022 ($35)
CRFT wines Lansdowne Vineyard Chardonnay 2022 ($39)
Ngeringa Chardonnay 2022 ($40)
Gentle Folk Village Chardonnay 2022 ($45)

Sparkling Chardonnay

To experience stunning sparkling wines made only from Chardonnay, look for the term “Blanc de Blancs”.  Here are four stunning Adelaide Hills examples to try all made by the traditional method.

Golding Marjorie Blanc de Blancs Sparkling 2016 ($65)
Lobethal Road Maja Blanc de Blancs 2017 ($65)
Daosa Blanc de Blancs 2018 ($90)
Deviation Road Beltana Blanc de Blancs 2016 ($105)

Amazing value

Due to the highly sought after nature of Adelaide Hills Chardonnay, the top quality wines can be on the pricey side but here are some fabulous wines offering outstanding value.

Paracombe Wines Chardonnay 2022 ($23)
Wicks Estate Chardonnay 2021 ($27)
Pike & Joyce Sirocco Chardonnay 2021 ($32)
Howard Vineyard Sparkling Blanc de Blancs 2022  ($35)

Adelaide Hills is celebrating Chardonnay May from 1 to 31 May 2023.
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About International Chardonnay Day

Held each year on the Thursday before the last Monday in May, Chardonnay Day was the brain-child of social media early adopter Rick Bakas who created it in 2010 to help support struggling wineries following the global financial crisis. There are now days for many different grape varieties.

About Adelaide Hills Chardonnay

The Adelaide Hills has achieved global acclaim from wine critics, wine show judges and wine lovers alike for the high quality and style of its modern Chardonnay wines. It is one of Australia’s leading regions for this French grape, which excels in cooler climates. Adelaide Hills first began producing Chardonnay in the 1970s and has become re-known for producing ‘New Australian / New Wave’ Chardonnay wines which are elegant, textured and lean but which have the acid structure to age and evolve.

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