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Oakridge LVS Willowlake Chardonnay

Oakridge Willowlake Chardonnay 2018

Yarra Valley, Victoria   |    750ml   |    13.4%
Oakridge has long been considered one of the stars of the Yarra Valley and among the finest cool climate winemakers in Australia. Their 'Vineyard Series' explores the unique 'terroir' of individual vineyard sites throughout the Yarra Valley, paired with the skilled winemaking of David Bicknell and the team at Oakridge.

The 2018 Oakridge Willowlake Chardonnay follows in the footsteps of hugely popular recent vintages of this wine. Crafted from grapes grown on one of the oldest vineyards in the Yarra Valley; this is bursting with cool-climate flavours yet has a restraint and balance only found in the finest Australian Chardonnays.  

"95 Points. I’ve probably said it before, and anyone who knows me knows I’m prone to repeating myself, but what a lovely evocative name it is for a vineyard. It doesn’t need any styling products; there’s not a hair out of place here. White peach and lime, green melon, almond nougat, a whisper of struck match and spice. Smooth and flavoursome, a subtle viscosity interlaid with chalk and flint, some floral mouth-perfume, slight tweak to the finish with citrus rind and grapefruit tang. Right proper Chardonnay here. Tasted: Sept 19. 13.4% alc. $38. Screwcap Drink: 2019 - 2026"- Gary Walsh, The Wine Front.

"95 Points. The most reductive of the 2018 LVS and it pushes it to the limit in a good way with citrus and just ripe stone fruits tempering the lees induced inputs. The palate has tension and a nervy acidity with a baseline of flint and subtle spice that is unwavering and enjoys green fig and new season nectarine; there is a lemon curd like note somewhere in the mix and brioche to finish. A producer that can do no wrong with the Chardonnay grape."- Patrick Eckel,

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Only available for purchase in 6 bottle increments.
Oakridge is a family-owned, Yarra Valley winery that is considered one of the pioneers of the wine growing region of the upper Yarra Valley. An award winning winery and an internationally recognised name, Oakridge is well known for making great wine on the rich, red, volcanic soils of the Yarra Valley region.

The winemakers at Oakridge lead by the high regarded David Bicknell, use traditional methods, expert hands and meticulous care, to craft wines that emanate freshness, balance and length with every sip. All grapes are handpicked to maintain the quality Oakridge is renowned for, utilising traditional winemaking techniques and minimal intervention, with expert hands using their innate knowledge and understanding for successful vintages year after year.

The Oakridge grapes are grown in varying altitudes and terroirs driven by Chief Winemaker David Bicknell, so whilst all reflecting the characteristics of the 100% Yarra Valley fruit, each also exude their own personalities. It is the varying altitudes and terroirs that allow the team to continually create award-winning wines that do justice to the many Oakridge Wine varietals; each and all exemplifying the Oakridge elegance, freshness, purity, balance and length that create world-class table wines.
Yarra Valley
Vineyard Series: The Yarra Valley has three distinct geographic zones or sub-regions. Lower warmer, middle cool and higher cooler sub-regions. We have matched particular varieties with the specific sites to give you outstanding examples of single vineyard wines.

Selection: This wine was sourced from the north facing Willowlake Vineyard, sited in the red volcanic soils of Gladysdale.

Vintage: A warm, wet spring followed by a dry summer and autumn resulted in good crops that were harvested in near perfect dry, warm conditions.

Winemaking: A traditional winemaking approach was used to produce this wine – handpicking and whole bunch pressing directly to 500 litre French oak puncheons for a natural fermentation followed by 10 month maturation on lees.

Tasting note: Pale straw with green hues. There is an intensity to the aroma, nectarine, grilled citrus fruits and complexed with gun flint, fresh doe and toast. All fighting for attention in the glass yet none completely dominating the other. The textural palate has weight and depth with a pure preserved lemon like acidity forming its shape and adding crunch. Generosity and complexity continue throughout till culminating in a grilled grapefruit like finish. Bright and pure yet intriguing. Alc/vol: 13.4%

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