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Home Winners > Winners 2020 > Chardonnay - Rest of the New World

Winner Details

Chardonnay - Rest of the New World
(including Argentina, Canada, Chile, China & New Zealand)

Tasters found wines they liked, but there didn’t seem to be the strength in depth that we’ve seen here over the past couple of years.

Perhaps it’s because, as more than one judge pointed out, many New World countries are still getting to grips with the more linear, reductive style that Australia, in particular, has perfected so well over the past 15 years.

If we had a consistent criticism it’s that we’d like to see more good, workmanlike Chardies under £12. It doesn’t all have to be about making Burgundy cru wannabes.

From The Tasting Teams

‘Argentina was a difficult flight – lean wines with acid being added. The tradition is for big, heavy wines, and these winemakers have gone in the other direction. It feels similar to what’s happening in Australia.’ James Fryer, Woodhead 17

‘A lack of personality from Chile – it looks like they tried to copy someone else. They used oak to give structure but they didn’t tell any story.’ Filippo Pastorini, consultant

‘My favourite New Zealand Chardonnay was still a bit expensive, and it would be hard to sell, but you can push it.’ Aurore Anguenot, Aviary

‘Very good quality from Chile, and the price point is effective as well. It’s an easy sell – Chile is in the mind of everyone. We had two different styles, some oaky and some not oaky, some fresh and fruity, some more complex and more structured. There was a Chardonnay for every profile.’ Rémi Cousin, Le Gavroche

‘These New Zealand Chardonnays had much better winemaking than I’ve seen in the past, with restraint and sexiness.’ Mattia Mazzi, Cornerstone

Award winners

Found 27 wines

New World: Chardonnay, Rest of the New World

Saint Clair Family Estate, Omaka Reserve, Chardonnay 2017, Marlborough, New Zealand

Gold medal winner

'Ticking all the boxes for oaked Chardonnay lovers, this is super-creamy on the nose and full-bodied on the palate, with intense citrus characters and a good hit of ground nuts, and with freshness and citrus right through to the end.' Charlie Young, team leader. 'Smooth and delish, with lovely oak yet still bright and fresh! You could drink a bottle without food, but with a wide variety of dishes too.' Stephanie Robertson, RA Group.

£16.71 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Leyda, Lot 5, Chardonnay 2017, Leyda Valley, Chile

Silver medal winner

'There's minerality here, with a creamy and buttery texture, leading to nice acidity on the finish.' Monica Bacchiocchi, Wiltons. 'Well-integrated and textural oak here, with candied pineapple in the mid-palate.' Oliver Zelenczuk, London Shell Co. 'There's nice use of oak here, with good balance and a great smoky finish.' Nigel Lister, St. Swithins Wine Shippers.

£15.60 Enotria&Coe

Zuccardi, Los Olivos, Chardonnay 2019, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina

Silver medal winner

'Notes of apricot with some gentle, sweet herbs and chamomile aromas, joined by some sweet-and-sour apple notes and some light rosemary too. One for a by-the-glass offering in a pub.' Luís Martins, team leader. 'Good fresh fruit here, with vibrant acidity. A fresh, crisp, good-value wine.' Daniel Eriksen, Anglian Country Inns.

£6.72 Hatch Mansfield

Hunter's, Chardonnay 2018, Marlborough, New Zealand

Silver medal winner

'There's good freshness and crispness here, with lemon curd and hints of integrated oak, good ripeness and a struck-match note. A very useable Chardonnay owing to its light and fresh character, but complex enough for food-matching.' Charlie Young, team leader. 'This is herbaceous on the nose and finish, with tropical fruits and cream too.' Gary Newborough, The Aristologist.

£13.95 Jeroboams

Salentein, Barrel Selection, Chardonnay 2019, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina

Silver medal winner

'This has a creamy, lactic element, like fresh yoghurt, joined by pretty peach and soft apricot skin, with hazelnut and some sweet spice, all framed by well-integrated acidity.' James Fryer, team leader. 'This is showing some fresh, ripe and elegant fruit, leading to a well-balanced finish.' Vivienne Franks, Aspects of Wine.

£13.18 Matthew Clark

Foley Family Vineyards, Vavasour, Chardonnay 2017, Awatere Valley, Marlborough, New Zealand

Bronze medal winner

'Classic quality oaked Kiwi Chardonnay, with a spicy, toasty nose with a touch of struck match, and good intensity, nice weight and good freshness, with apple and toast flavours.' Charlie Young, team leader. 'Some well-balanced tropical fruits here, with a creamy, buttery finish.' Gary Newborough, The Aristologist.

£13.22 Matthew Clark

Mayu , Gran Reserva, Chardonnay 2019, Coquimbo, Chile

Bronze medal winner

'Delicious, with rich, intense stone fruit and tropical fruit, and some good integration of oak and fresh acidity, as well as some corn kernel notes. A big and ripe wine that needs some barbecued food.' Daniel Eriksen, Anglian Country Inns. 'A fresh and fruity aroma of peach, hazelnut and jasmine flowers leads to a mineral and creamy palate.' Cinthia Lozano, The Winery Honduras.

£13.10 Viña Mayu Ltda

Trinity Hill, Gimblett Gravels, Chardonnay 2018, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand

Bronze medal winner

'This is displaying some tart citrus notes along with light macadamia and a hint of butterscotch, with very good length and a bone-dry and very mineral finish.' Mattia Mazzi, Cornerstone. 'A mineral and complex wine with notes of rich stone fruits and some white spices.' Gaetano Giangaspero, C&C.

£17.57 Liberty Wines

Salentein, Single Vineyard, San Pablo Chardonnay 2016, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina

Bronze medal winner

'With its notes of dried fruits, deep lemon and toast, along with some vanilla, this is a powerful white with firm acidity.' Aurore Anguenot, Aviary. 'Some light oxidative and roasted nutmeg aromas lead to dried apricot combined with freshly roasted almond and balsamic notes.' Luís Martins, team leader.

£24.20 Matthew Clark

Chateau Changyu-Castel, Premium, Chardonnay 2018, Shantong, China

Bronze medal winner

'This has some oxidised notes on the nose and palate, with some verbena and lemon tart, all leading to a nutty finish.' James Fryer, team leader. 'This has a good texture, with some bruised fruit notes.' Daniel Eriksen, Anglian Country Inns. 'An oxidative style with very high levels of acidity.' Tanguy Martin, Blandford Comptoir.

£11.83 Chateau Changyu-Moser

Norman Hardie, Chardonnay 2016, Ontario, Canada

Bronze medal winner

'Opening with a herbal nose with some smoke notes, this leads to caramel on the palate, with some tropical and golden fruit, combined with lots of wheaty, bready character, and a Weetabix finish.' James Fryer, team leader. 'Rich ripe citrus and peach with lovely pine and mineral aromas, and a lovely texture. Good integrated oak and acidity.' Daniel Eriksen, Anglian Country Inns.

£24.69 Bibendum

Luis Felipe Edwards, Marea, Chardonnay 2019, Leyda Valley, Chile

Bronze medal winner

'Some elegant frangipane notes are joined by some yoghurt tones as well as some tropical fruit on the nose, leading to a palate that's creamy, with good acidity to keep the sip fresh, with a long, juicy aftertaste. A great match for monkfish.' Filippo Pastorini, consultant.

£13.50 Matthew Clark

Emiliana, Adobe Reserva, Chardonnay, Organic 2019, Casablanca Valley, Chile

Bronze medal winner

'A fresh and sophisticated wine with a nose of tropical and citrus fruits, as well as some notes of honey and vanilla, leading to a full-bodied palate that has balanced acidity and a fresh, fruity finish.' Cinthia Lozano, The Winery Honduras. 'A fruity style, with good balance of acidity, that lingers on the rich and voluptuous palate.' Daniel Eriksen, Anglian Country Inns.

£6.70 Boutinot

Mancura, Guardian, Chardonnay 2019, San Antonio, Chile

Bronze medal winner

'A flavoursome wine that's crunchy apple- and citrus-driven, with nice bright acidity too. A good all-rounder, with that acidity and sapidity shouting for shellfish.' Angela Reddin, team leader. 'Notes of gooseberry, lime, lemon and green apple, with some fresh acidity.' Monica Bacchiocchi, Wiltons.

£7.33 Morandé

Seresin, Reserve, Chardonnay 2016, Marlborough, New Zealand

Commended medal winner

£18.17 Enotria&Coe

Vistamar, Sepia Reserva, Chardonnay 2017, Casablanca Valley, Chile

Commended medal winner

£5.10 Kingsland

Vidal, Soler, Chardonnay 2018, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand

Commended medal winner

Yealands Estate, State of Flux, Chardonnay 2018, Awatere Valley, Marlborough, New Zealand

Commended medal winner

£20.20 Enotria&Coe

Zuccardi, Apelación, Chardonnay 2018, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina

Commended medal winner

£10.31 Hatch Mansfield

Callia, Luna del Sur, Chardonnay 2019, San Juan, Argentina

Commended medal winner

£6.39 Matthew Clark

Morandé , Pionero, Chardonnay 2019, Casablanca Valley, Chile

Commended medal winner

Veramonte, Reserva, Chardonnay 2018, Casablanca Valley, Chile

Commended medal winner

£8.21 Matthew Clark

Errazuriz, Aconcagua Costa, Chardonnay 2018, Aconcagua Valley, Chile

Commended medal winner

£10.16 Hatch Mansfield

Chono, Single Vineyard, Chardonnay 2018, Itata Valley, Chile

Commended medal winner

Bemberg, La Linterna, Chardonnay 2016, Mendoza, Argentina

Commended medal winner

£49.39 Top Selection

Viña Requingua, Toro de Piedra, Chardonnay 2018, Maule Valley, Chile

Commended medal winner

Kaiken, Ultra, Chardonnay 2018, Mendoza, Argentina

Commended medal winner

£11.32 Liberty Wines

 

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