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The best Chardonnays from Taste's Top Wine Awards 2019

Versatile and elegant, New Zealand Chardonnay is now firmly back on-trend. Master of Wine Bob Campbell shares his top Chardonnay picks from Taste Magazine's Top Wine Awards.

Look out for the Taste Top Wine Award stickers on these bottles at supermarkets and selected liquor retailers.

Less than $20

Raparua Springs 2017 Reserve Chardonnay Marlborough $16.99
Quite a weighty, textural Chardonnay with white peach, grapefruit, sizzled butter and integrated oak flavours. Good value at this price.
Kumeu River 2017 Village Chardonnay Auckland $18
Light, fresh, tangy Chardonnay with ginger, biscuit, grapefruit and subtle hazelnut flavours. A personal favourite of mine.
TW 2017 Gold Chardonnay Gisborne $17.99
Peaches and cream Chardonnay with good purity and balance and a suggestion of appealing oyster shell/mineral character.
Momo 2017 Chardonnay Marlborough $19
Light, fresh and attractive Chardonnay with gentle white peach, citrus/grapefruit and subtle biscuit-like oak/lees flavours. Smooth-textured wine in a deliciously drinkable style.


Church Road 2016 Grand Reserve Chardonnay Hawke's Bay $30
Rich, creamy and complex Chardonnay, with peach, toast, bran biscuit, cashew nut and subtle struck-flint flavours adding a touch of class.
Mount Riley 2016 Seventeen Valley Chardonnay Marlborough $27.99
Very stylish Marlborough Chardonnay with apple, nectarine, grapefruit, nutty oak and a tantalising hint of mineral character.
Forrest 2014 Chardonnay Marlborough $25
Rich, developed, concentrated and weighty Chardonnay with impressive complexity. Flavoursome wine that's great value at this price.
Pukeora 2016 Ruahine Range Chardonnay Hawke's Bay $27
Rich and quite developed wine with ginger nut, chalky mineral, toast, roasted nut and spicy oak flavours. Suits quite rich dishes such as roast chicken or roast pork.

More than $30

Bell Hill 2015 Chardonnay Canterbury $120
Powerful, linear Chardonnay with a strong chalk/mineral character that's supported by a backbone of ripe acidity, which drives a lengthy finish. Iconic wine that will age well.
Elephant Hill 2016 Salome Chardonnay Hawke's Bay $75
Elephant Hill's flagship Chardonnay with bright lime/citrus, subtle tree fruit and delicate oyster shell/mineral flavours. A wine of power and finesse.
Craggy Range 2016 Les Beaux Cailloux Chardonnay Hawke's Bay $150
Delicate ethereal Chardonnay with impressive purity and underlying power. Fine-boned and quite linear wine with citrus, mineral/oyster shell, and reasonably assertive oak flavours.
Dog Point 2016 Chardonnay Marlborough $37
Ripe, stylish and quite complex Chardonnay with grapefruit, white peach, nectarine, bran biscuit and subtle mineral/oyster shell flavours. Elegant and appealing wine.

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