The Hunter is home to a range of high-quality wines – red and white alike. Semillon and shiraz are its stars, but it also has a quiet achiever in chardonnay. Get to know the Hunter Valley style with these five examples, all current releases from James Halliday and his team's tasting notes.
2015 Mount View Estate Reserve Hunter Valley Chardonnay
Typical of the chardonnay style that has proliferated in the Hunter Valley over the past five-plus years. It has a bracing edgy/pithy character to the citrus/stone fruit at the heart of the wine, and you don't really notice the oak.
RRP $35 | 2028 | Mount View Estate
2013 Leogate Estate Creek Bed Reserve Hunter Valley Chardonnay
A civilised chardonnay, varietal fruit, oak and acidity all coming harmoniously together on well balanced and long palate, the sign-off a neat burst of citrussy acidity.
RRP $38 | 2023 | Leogate Estate Wines
2015 Tintilla Pebbles Brief Hunter Valley Chardonnay
The chassis is spicy cedar oak while the carburettor is peaches, apricot and cream punching long, lively and streamlined, with a thirst-slaking citrus twist. NG
RRP $30 | 2022 | Tintilla Wines
2012 Eagles Rest Maluna Block Hunter Valley Chardonnay
This is one of the new generation Hunter Valley chardonnays that utterly belie the climate, with or without the suggestion of climate change. It is intense, vibrant and lively, with lemon, grapefruit and lemongrass flavours riding high, wide and handsome, the finish long and clean. Yes, there's oak present as a result of barrel fermentation, but it's far more to do with structure than flavour.
RRP $45 | 2022 | Eagles Rest Wines
2012 Tyrrell’s Vat 47 Hunter Chardonnay
Gleaming, full straw-green; shows the mastery Tyrrell’s has with chardonnay, appropriate given its pioneer role with the Vat 47 in ‘71. It is complex, textured and balanced, with stone fruit, fig and melon flavours to the fore, acidity tightening up and lengthening the finish. It has three trophies and six golds to its credit.
RRP $70 | 2022 | Tyrrell’s
Read about this year's vintage in the Hunter Valley.