Chardonnay is the world's most popular white wine and many Australian regions produce exceptional examples. This year's top-rated wines come from Margaret River and Adelaide Hills – all varying greatly in style, but each excellent. James Halliday's pick for best Australian chardonnay of the year is a superb mixture of purity and intensity, with length and balance. Read on for more about the winner and to discover other top-rated chardonnay wines from the 2021 Halliday Wine Companion. 
Find more about chardonnay in our essential guide. 

James Halliday on his 2021 Best Chardonnay:

 2017 Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay

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It's an extraordinary wine, among the greatest of Burgundy (and elsewhere in the world).