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Benchmark | Chardonnay

Stylish wines from South Australia. Fruit-driven wine with excellent balance, to be enjoyed without years of cellaring.

wine notes

2014 Chardonnay

The Fruit:

The fruit for this wine is sourced from the premium wine regions of South Australia. The 2014 vintage produced low crops and small berries which ripened perfectly giving rich, concentrated flavours and excellent acid retention, which will all be reflected in the quality of the Chardonnay.

The Winemaking:

The fruit was crushed and cold-settled before starting fermentation. The Juice was gently racked prior to undergoing fermentation in stainless steel tanks for about three weeks with a small percentage (3%) aged in barrels. A portion of the blend underwent malolactic fermentation and all of the wine was aged on yeast lees for four months to add complexity and viscosity to the wine. After settling, filtering and stabilising, the wine was then blended and bottled.


2014 Chardonnay

The Comments:

This vintage is a classic example of Benchmark Chardonnay. Lemon, green in colour with fresh aromas of citrus fruit, honey and subtle stone fruits. The palate is soft and creamy with honeydew melon and nuances of sweet spiced cream along with a fine, natural acidity. The fresh citrus flavours all have great length, with good texture on the palate from the time spent on lees. Best suited to creamy fish dishes, chicken salads or just on its own.

awards and reviews

2014 Chardonnay


  • 2012 Chardonnay
    • Bronze – 2012 Hobart Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2012 Adelaide Wine Show
    • Winestate
      Winestate Magazine - Apr 2014

      Nice Perfumed lift to the nose and high acid palate, with good varietal fruit flavours.

    • Peter Bourne
      Peter BourneAustralian Gourmet Traveller Wine, Australia, May 2013

      The 5th Generation Chardonnay brings the elegance of fruit from the Adelaide Hills and the richness of the Barossa Valley together to create a dynamic and delightful wine.

    • Winestate, Australia, Apr 2013
      Winestate, Australia, Apr 2013

      Lovely tropical fruit notes on the nose and simple peachy palate with subtle oaky notes.

    • Frank Smith
      Frank SmithHave-a-Go News WA Aug 2012

      The 2012 is pale straw in colour with vibrant green hues, The nose is dominated by citrus with accents of white peaches, ripe melons and cream. The palate is rich without being heavy, with the peaches and cream flavour balanced by crisp citrus acidity.

  • 2010 Chardonnay
    • Bronze – 2011 Adelaide Wine Show
  • 2009 Chardonnay
    • Winestate | April 2010
      Winestate - April 2010

      Savoury characters on the buttery/toasty nose, and a rich full-bodied citrus and cashew like palate

  • 2008 Chardonnay
    • Harvey Steiman
      Harvey SteimanWine Spectator Nov 2009

      This bright, lively white delivers a juicy mouthful of pineapple and citrus flavours, picking up a creamy note on the finish.

    • Ray Isle
      Ray IsleFood & Wine Magazine USA, May 09

      Crisp New Chardonnays. After yeas of devotion to oaky chardonnay, American wine drinkers have had enough of these big, lush, buttery whites and are moving toward newer, leaner, fresher styles modelled on Chablis. F & W's Ray isle find the best..

      Australian Winemaker Grant Burge is famous for his intense Shirazes. But this Chardonnay, with its juicy, lemon-curd character, shows that he knows his way around whites, too.

  • 2007 Chardonnay
    • Harvey Steiman
      Harvey SteimanWine Spectator Online

      Fresh and appealing. A lively mouthful of pear and tangerine and creamy, spicy overtones, all on a lean and juicy frame

    • Harvey Steiman
      Harvey SteimanWine Spectator USA online

      Ripe in flavour.. Green plum and nectarine fruit lingers on the finish.

    • Joe Czerwinski
      Joe CzerwinskiWine Enthusiast USA, Sept 09

      Forward and fruity, with peach, pear and pineapple flavours of modest intensity. This medium-bodies wine is squeaky clean, just hinting at dried spices on the finish.

  • 2006 Chardonnay
    • Bronze – 2007 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2006 Barossa Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2007 Adelaide Wine Show
    • Other (4.5 Stars) – Ralph Kyte-Powell
      Ralph Kyte-PowellEpicure-Age, Melbourne, January 2007

      A straightforward Barossa wine that offers more interest than many similarly priced chardonnays. The nose shows melon, citrus and pineapple fruit characters, seasoned with a light veneer of spicy oak. The pleasantly composed palate combines succulent fruit of good depth with long flavour and a smooth finish. Excellent value. Food ideas: Chicken stir-fries; chilli prawns. 4.5 stars-A very good wine of real style and personality.

    • Harvey Steiman
      Harvey SteimanWine Spectator Dec 2007

      Fresh and tangy, with generous grapefruit and pineapple flavours against lively acidity.

    • Ken Gargett
      Ken GargettCourier Mail, Brisbane January 2007

      Grant Burge Barossa Vines range has a track record of drinking above its price. The Chardonnay 2006 is all melon and tropical notes, ideal for an easy summer barbecue.

    • Peter Forrestal
      Peter ForrestalMoney Magazine- Wine Spotlight, April 2007

      One cool customer I think of the Barossa as Australia's greatest shiraz region…and am rarely impressed with any whites except Semillon. However, this chardonnay for Grant Burge's Barossa Vines label came up looking good in a recent tasting so I delighted to recommend it. The 2006 Barossa Vines Chardonnay is restrained, fine and surprisingly cool (rather than ripe)with good intensity, a pleasing savouriness and a crisp, dry, mouth-puckering finish. A modern style great with food; say a spicy chicken salad or a Vietnamese chicken stir fry.

    • Peter Forrestal
      Peter ForrestalQuaff.com.au, Wine of the Week 26 January 2007

      The 2006 'Barossa Vines' Chardonnay is restrained, fine and surprising cool (rather than ripe) with good intensity, a pleasing savouriness and a crisp, dry, mouth-puckering finish. A modern style, great with food: say a spicy chicken salad or a Vietnamese chicken stir fry. This is on the borderline between Good & Bloody Good.

    • Wine Enthusiast, September 2007
      Wine Enthusiast, September 2007

      A solid, well- made offering, Grant Burge's un-oaked Chardonnay offers a medium-bodied mouthful of authorative flavour at a reasonable price. Baked apple and poached pear aromas and flavours intensify rather than fall off the finish, unusual at this price point.

    • Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar Jul/Aug 07
      Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar Jul/Aug 07

      Light gold. Honeyed pear and apple aromas are complemented by hints of sweet butter and anise. Ripe pear and orange on the palate, which shows a creamy texture and good depth. The orange note echoes on the warm, supple finish, which features a gentle note of buttery brioche.

  • 2005 Chardonnay
    • Bronze – 2005 Canberra Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2005 Barossa Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2006 Macquarie Bank Sydney Royal Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2006 New Zealand International Wine Show
  • 2004 Chardonnay
    • Silver – 2004 Perth Royal Wine Show
    • Silver – 2004 Burswood Perth Royal Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2004 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2004 Barossa Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2004 Hobart Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2004 Adelaide Wine Show
    • Harvey Steiman
      Harvey SteimanWineSpectator.com 2006

      A bit sharp, with a hard edge of acidity against modest pineapple flavour.

    • Sydney Morning Herald, February 2005
      Sydney Morning Herald, February 2005

      This is a light, simple, apparently unwooded chardonnay that gives decent quality at a low price. It has herbal and green melon flavours and is unencumbered by excessive alcohol. It relies on fruit rather than sugar. Bargain of the week.

  • 2003 Chardonnay
    • Bronze – 2004 Brisbane Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2004 Royal Sydney Wine Show
    • Harvey Steiman
      Harvey SteimanWine Spectator Apr 2004

      Light and silky, with pretty pear, peach and spice flavours, sneaking in a stony, mineral note as the flavours linger.

  • 2002 Chardonnay
    • Silver – 2003 Perth Royal Wine Show
    • Silver – 2003 NZ Liquorland International Wine Competition
    • Bronze – 2003 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2003 Hobart Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2002 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
    • Ian Daebler
      Ian DaeblerSunday Mail, 19 January 2003

      The 2003 Barossa Vines Chardonnay is a riper and fuller bodies wine with lots of rich apricot and ripe rockmelon characters on the nose and palate.

  • 2001 Chardonnay
    • Gold – 2001 Perth Royal Wine Show
    • Silver – 2002 San Francisco Wine Competition
    • Bronze – 2002 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2001 Barossa Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2002 Perth Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2001 Brisbane Wine Show
    • Winestate Magazine March 2002
      Winestate Magazine March 2002

      A big wine with a broad ripe nose of butterscotch and pears. Soft, creamy, alcoholic palate with ripe peach flavours balanced with toasty oak.

  • 2011 Chardonnay
    • Other (Commended) – 2012 International Wine Challenge
  • 2010 Chardonnay
    • Bronze – 2011 International Wine Challenge UK
  • 2008 Chardonnay
    • Other (commended) – 2009 Internatioanl Wine Challenge
    • John Wilson
      John WilsonThe Irish Times Ireland Jul 2010

      Plenty of zippy acidity, and good red apple fruits; possibly finishes a little over-ripe, but very tasty and well-made wine at a keen price.

  • 2007 Chardonnay
    • Other (commended) – 2008 International Wine Challenge
    • Darryl Thomas
      Darryl ThomasSunday Territorian Oct 2008

      A fresh, un-oaked, fruit driven, medium-bodied with flavours of ripe peach and melon. It has good palate weight with a creamy texture and a balanced crisp, dry finish.
      Food Match: grilled Charles Point black jewfish fillet.

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