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Chardonnay Showdown! Australia vs The Rest of the World


With over half of Australia’s wine production dedicated to this noble grape, it is clear that Chardonnay holds a special place for wine drinkers in Australia and across the globe.

This resilient grape flourishes in a vast range of conditions from the warm, dry vineyards of the Margaret river to the long, frosty winters of Chablis in Northern Burgundy.

First introduced into Australia by James Busby in the 1830’s alongside a range of grapes, it wasn’t until the mid 1900’s that it began to take off, cementing it’s status in the Hunter Valley and across Australia. Popularity exploded in the 1980’s and 1990’s both locally and in exportation with Australian Chardonnay in massive demand.

Because of Chardonnay’s ability to grow in this range of regions, we are spoiled with choice for wine styles to choose from. Whether it be the rich, full bodied with a strong influence of oak or steely minerality with a focus on acidity, there is almost certainly a style of Chardonnay suited to any wine drinker.

On the 9th of October join us in the Oak Barrel Cellar Room as we explore, taste, and discuss the rich history of Chardonnay from both the old and new world and put 8 unique and different styles of winemaking from this iconic varietal to the test.

Wines to be announced

WHAT: Chardonnay Showdown! Australia vs The Rest of the World
WHERE: The Oak Barrel, 152 Elizabeth St, Sydney 2000
WHEN: Tuesday 9th October, 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start
PRICE: Members $35/ Non-Members $45
TICKETS: [Members] [Guests]

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