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The Vigneron Platinum | Nonpariel Chardonnay

Exclusive to Cellar Door, these wines come from unique parcels of fruit. They are refined and elegant, and very limited.

Earlier wines in this range which are no longer available included:-

The Vigneron 2008 Barossa and Eden Valley Shiraz [tasting note]
The Vigneron 2008 1890's Block Shiraz [tasting note]
The Vigneron 2009 Seven Barrels Shiraz [tasting note]
The Vigneron 2009 Chardonnay [tasting note]
The Vigneron 2010 Nebbiolo [tasting note]
The Vigneron 2010 The Natural Shiraz [tasting note]
The Vigneron 2011 Wild Ferment Pinot Gris [tasting note]

wine notes

2012 Nonpariel Chardonnay

The Fruit:

This super premium Chardonnay from the Alpine Valley (48%) and Eden Valley (52%) is one of those rare and exciting wines that can only be made during a near perfect owing season. Long warm, dry days and cool nights produced a vintage of incredible structure and elegance.

The Winemaking:

Once in the winery, the grapes were de-stemmed without crushing, chilled and whole berry pressed. All of the juice was cold settled for 48 hours prior to racking clear and inoculated with six different yeast strains and transferred to oak. A combination of new, 1, 2 and 3 year old French oak was used. In such an exceptional yet low yielding vintage, even the smallest batches of fruit were separated into even smaller multiple batches of only a few barrels to maximise the variety of wine styles and organoleptic profiles that could only be produced using six different yeast strains, oak coopers, fermentation kinetics and maturation conditions. At the end of six months battonage, 10 individual barrels from five different micro-batches were selected as outstanding examples to make up the first – Nonpariel Chardonnay.


2012 Nonpariel Chardonnay

The Comments:

Brilliant, pale-edged straw yellow in colour, this has a very fine, but complex bouquet of white nectarine, subtly lifted with delicate nuances of oak. On the palate, this possesses a most refined and elegant structure with concentrated and tightly bound flavours of mealy citrus and white stone fruits, with lovely vanilla and nutty barrel-ferment elements. There is an understated power and elegance to the wine at present that all promises to unfold as the wine ages over the next two years. The wine has excellent natural, crisp acidity providing a fine mid palate texture with a long, sustained, nutty finish. This is a wine of true elegance and style which sits comfortably with any aspirational Chardonnay from around the world.
Drink with grilled seafood, poultry and pork dishes over the next 4-6 years

awards and reviews

2012 Nonpariel Chardonnay


  • 2014 Nonpariel Chardonnay
    • Silver | 2015 Melbourne Wine Show
    • Bronze | 2015 Royal Adelaide Wine Show
    • Silver | 2015 Hobart Wine Show
    • Bronze | 2015 National Wine Show
    • Gold | 2015 Queensland Wine Show
  • 2012 Nonpariel Chardonnay
    • Bronze | 2014 Perth Royal Wine Show
    • Bronze | 2014 Royal Queensland Wine Show
    • Silver | 2015 Sydney Royal Wine Show
  • 2009 Nonpariel Chardonnay
    • WineState Apr 2011
      WineState Apr 2011

      Very lean, austere. Chablis-like style with high level of fresh acidity

tasting notes

2012 Nonpariel Chardonnay