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.
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%