But isn’t Australian chardonnay all rubbish?
Australia’s chardonnay reputation has been pretty bad for a long time. For a long time in the 90s, Australia was imitating white Burgundy’s buttery rounded gems, by heavily oaking their wines to the point of no return.
Now, though, Australia’s winemakers are far more restrained. With some making some incredibly atypical displays that really make you question where the wine is from.
Chardonnay is Australia’s most planted white wine grape and has a diverse arrangement of plantings.
The traditional best
Margaret River - some of the world’s top chardonnays
The Magpie Estate chard above, comes from Barossa Valley, a region typically reserved for warmer, full bodied shiraz. Yet, tastes change, and new winemakers lead the way.
Next time you see an Australian chardonnay on a wine list, grab a bottle and take it in with some fresh eyes.