New Zealand Chardonnay is the third most widely planted and picked grape variety in New Zealand; it’s a full bodied white wine full of elegant, crisp fruit-laden flavours ranging from pitiless apples and lemons through to lush stone fruit, peaches and apricots.

Chardonnay is grown throughout New Zealand’s wine regions symbolising our unique terroir and huge diversity in producing varied fruit flavours and aromas while retaining a crisp acidity balance perfectly rounded with oak.

The warmer wine regions, namely Northland, Auckland, Bay of Plenty and Gisborne, produce fruit driven soft ripe Chardonnays, while Hawkes Bay and Wairarapa offer a rich fruit flavour with more acidity, and the Chardonnays from the Nelson and Marlborough wine region a more lemony fruit in flavour.

Winemakers and viticulturists alike enjoy the versatility Chardonnay offers, allowing them to create and produce a mouth-filling concentrated fruit-driven wine.

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Askerne Estate Chardonnay 2015

$23.00 $20.70

Pristine fruit was hand harvested off the estate vineyard and barrel fermented to produce a rich and complex Chardonnay. Notes of vanilla, toast and mixed spice complement the stone fruit and citrus notes of Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay. Ageing potential 3-5 years. The wine will compliment fish, chicken and pork dishes.

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Askerne Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2016

$31.00 $27.90

Barrel fermentation and aging on lees has produced this powerful and complex Chardonnay that displays nectarine and ripe citrus fruit characters on the nose that follow through into the rich full bodied palate.  Drink over the next 3 to 5 years. Serve with seafood dishes (oysters, crayfish), poultry and lighter meats such as pork or pate.

5 STARS – Wine Orbit

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Babich Wines Irongate Chardonnay 2016

$38.00 $34.20

Creamy and super smooth seamless entry into a rich and driving palate. Peach and orange rind; cashew with a touch of lemon grass. Great balance power and length.  Peach, apple and sweet oats overlay citrus and spice.  Irongate Chardonnay is an intense, richly flavoured wine and is an ideal match for rich seafood and white meat dishes. Try it with char-grilled squid and lemon butter sauce, or barbecued chicken.

SILVER MEDAL – China Wine & Spirits Awards 2017

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Babich Wines Organic Chardonnay 2016

$24.00 $21.60

Sweetly perfumed aromas – nutty, mealy with lemon blossom and a nice cedar edge. The palate is rich and complex with a zesty citrus burst on entry and nectarine and peach on the mid palate. Savoury elements are also apparent. Nice weight and volume and just a hint of caramel on the long finish. Would go well with poultry or fish. Recommended cellaring 5 years.

MASTERS MEDAL – Global Organic Masters 2017

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Cable Bay Awatere Valley Chardonnay 2014

$26.00 $23.40

Orange blossom, lemon cake and macadamia, with little hints of basil adorn the nose. The palate has a stony minerality that is found in all our whites from this vineyard. It is deeply refreshing, with lovely texture and great complexity. The flavours resonate and linger on the finish for an age; delicious. Enjoyable upon release and over the next 4-5 years.

4 STARS – Cuisine Magazine, Issue 172, August 2015

4 STARS – Raymond Chan, January 2015

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Carrick Wines EBM Chardonnay 2016

$48.00 $43.20

The additional six months in neutral oak on light sediments increases the depth of the mouth feel found in the mid palate. This added texture, coupled with the fruit and restrained acidity, ultimately leads to a long seamless finish. A very well balanced wine – a great accompaniment to fresh food with clean ingredients.

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Cottier Estate Emily Chardonnay 2016

$22.50 $21.38

A classic wine of Gladstone terroir.  This year maintains the standard with the wine’s mouth filling richness and intensity.  The palate continues to be classic with traditional wine making techniques unchanged.  Regular lees stirring in best French barriques is enhanced by secondary fermentation in Springtime.  Toasty oak with beautiful peaches and cream.  A touch of minerality, but with a silky finish.  Excellent balance.

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Cottier Estate Unoaked Chardonnay 2014

$22.50 $20.25

Before the palate sensation, the aromas display ripe and fruity peach, melon and a little citrus. These aromas are in turn accentuated by the taste experience of fresh, textured ripe fruit, without the sometimes intrusive complexity of an oak overlay. An elegant wine, with a long and seamless finish.

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Easthope Skeetfield Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2015

$41.00 $36.90

This warm vintage produced ripe flavours at low potential alcohol. The initial aromatic impact is gunflint, peach and citrus blossom. The palate belies its relatively low alcohol level with rich flavours and a creamy texture punctuated by vivid fresh citrus fruits. This wine is a keeper; offering great maturation potential over the next 5-7 years.

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Escarpment Martinborough Chardonnay 2015

$34.00 $30.60

Flavours are reminiscent of white stone fruit with delightful soft texture ensuring a long commanding finish.

93/100 – James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, November 2017

91/100 – Joe Czerwinski, The Wine Advocate, March 2018

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Forrest Estate Chardonnay 2013

$23.00 $20.70

Bright straw-yellow in colour, this vintage has the classic John Forrest winemaking style and embodies all the best characteristics of the previous 2010 and 2011 vintages. The bouquet is seamless with aromas of delicious lemon pudding and stone-fruit, framed with biscuity, mealy nuances. The palate has medium weight with a beautiful creamy mouth feel, balanced with vibrant acidity, exuding flavours of buttery pastry and an almond, pear tarte tatin, enveloped with subtle French oak. The wine has great length with the minerality lingering on the finish.

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Framingham Chardonnay 2016

$26.00 $23.40

Gentle but concentrated palate with nicely integrated layers of fruit and winemaker influence.

Fruit flavours are quite typical of Marlborough; nectarine, peach and citrus, and these are supported by a touch of oak, some creamy malo derived notes, and some oatmeal-like, battonage derived characters.

SILVER MEDAL – New World Wine Awards 2017

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Gibbston Valley China Terrace Single Vineyard Chardonnay 2016

$43.00 $38.70

Pale straw colour. The wine exhibits a fine balance between winemaking and viticultural influences. Golden peach, honeydew and barrel aromas come through on the nose. The palate unfulrls with beautiful delicacy, expanding generously yet with quiet grace. The impression is of finesse and elegance with layers of creamy fruit. A subtle minerality punctuates the finish. Best drinking in 2-5 years, but will cellar up to ten years.

SILVER MEDAL – New Zealand International Wine Show