Released either as a single varietal or blended with Merlot, the wine is typically of medium body with cool climate characteristics to the fore. The tannins are fine and soft and the wine does not need significant oak influence. The wines are approachable young but have the potential to age for many years. As with much of the wine from Padthaway, it is often blended with wines from other regions.
Historically Chardonnay has been recognised as the most successful of the wines from Padthaway. There is a particular regional character to the fruit flavour which is strongly reminiscent of grapefruit. Other flavours include conventional notes of melon, fig and white peach.
This wine is as temperamental in Padthaway as in any other region. One or two truly outstanding wines have been produced over the years, with some impressive mid-priced wines appearing recently.