Top 5 Victorian Chardonnays under $30
Burgundy may be known as its capital, but Chardonnay is the most-planted white wine grape in the world, and great bottles can be found across the globe.
Chardonnay is the base for many expensive wines (including famed Burgundies and Champagne), but its versatility makes it a much more inclusive varietal – it is relatively easy to grow in different regions and takes well to oak (not as common in French production). This results in a number of wonderful full-bodied Chardonnays that are slightly toasted and even sweet.
Australia boasts some of the world’s best Chardonnays, and you can find a fair few of them at a bargain. Here are five I’ve been loving lately, all under $30.
Made by David Bicknell, the Over the Shoulder series is intended to showcase perfect examples of varieties in the Yarra Valley. This Chardonnay delivers, with great mineral structure, nectarine and white peach flavours and amazing length.
From the Bellarine Peninsula. People are starting to recognise that Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from Bellarine can hold their own against other noted Victorian regions. This wine is ripe and rich with creamy, spicy development on display.
Part of the Hoddles Creek family, who have an incredible pedigree with their Chardonnay creation. Zesty fruit leads the way, with gentle cream and cereal flavours filling out a complex and long-lasting finish.
Best’s first vines were planted in 1866, with the introduction of Chardonnay to Great Western in the 1970s. This Chardonnay is crisp with delicate fruit and floral aromas, and richness from oak ageing.
All Chardonnay from Curly Flat’s Macedon Ranges vineyards is treated the same, until after a year in oak the barrels are assessed. The lesser barrels go into the Williams Crossing blend, representing excellent value. Aromas of peach and grapefruit rind with vanilla and oak spice.
Check out our Top 5 Yarra Valley Pinots under $30 as well.
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