Arguably the most versatile premium white wine grape on the planet, and also the most widely grown, deciding what styles of chardonnay to stock your wine fridge with can be quite the task. To help ease the pressure, here are five crowd-pleasing chardonnay wines just as well suited to an extravagant dinner party with friends as a night in relaxing.
2017 Windance Estate Glen Valley Chardonnay
Winemaker says: White peach, citrus and lemon curd leap from the glass. The palate is generous with intense stonefruit, melon and a creamy complexity all harmoniously entwined by an ever present minerality.
RRP $38 | 2019-21 | Windance Estate
2017 PREECE Nagambie Chardonnay
Winemaker says: Delicate aromas of nougat, citrus blossom and spicy oak notes swirl and lift from the glass. Flavours of stone fruit, mean and citrus rind combine and build ahead of a fresh and cleansing finish.
RRP $19.99 | 2023 | Mitchelton PREECE
2017 Scotchmans Hill Chardonnay
Winemaker says: Intense and complex wine displaying stone fruit, figs, creamy barrel ferment characters and nutty oak. The palate is rich and juicy with nectarine and melon fruits, creamy mid palate and cashew nut finish. The mineral acid backbone gives the wine its drive, length, and persistence.
RRP $35 | 2025 | Scotchmans Hill
2015 Yering Station Chardonnay
Winemaker says: Awarded 95 points by James Halliday, this wine offers intense grapefruit and Nashi pear with subtle oak spices, complemented by a rich creamy middle showing peach and pear fruit. Incredible power and length, both textural and seductive, this wine will continue to gain in complexity as it gently evolves in years to come.
RRP $40 | 2025 | Yering Station
2016 In Dreams Chardonnay
Winemaker says: Lifted inviting nougat notes, lemon/lime zest, and a hint of roasted nuts. The palate is fresh and lively, with intense citrus high tones balanced by gentle texture, mineral undertones, and long cleansing finish.
RRP $25 | 2024 | In Dreams