Oakridge LVS Willowlake Chardonnay 2016

Oakridge LVS Willowlake Chardonnay 2016

Yarra Valley, Victoria   |    750ml   |    13.2%

Oakridge has long been considered one of the stars of the Yarra Valley and amongst the finest cool climate winemakers in Australia. Their 'Local 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.

One of three LVS Chardonnay releases made by Oakridge from the 2016 vintage, the 2016 Oakridge LVS Willowlake Chardonnay is produced from grapes grown on one of the oldest vineyards in the entire Yarra Valley; a cool, elevated site that delivers grapes of impeccable quality.

"97 Points. From the Upper Yarra, Hand-picked, whole-bunch pressed direct to French puncheons for wild fermentation followed by 10 months maturation. The Willow Lake Vineyard is the oldest in the Upper Yarra, and one of the oldest in the entire Valley. This wine has a vibrancy, an edge, giving it a mouthfeel and set of flavours firmly anchored on grapefruit, which the Barkala Ridge doesn't have. Great success for the vintage. Price: $38.00 Date Tasted: 04 Oct 2017 Alcohol: 13.2 % Drink By: 2026 Closure: Screwcap" - James Halliday, winecompanion.com.au.

"95 Points. Stunning chardonnay off the Willowlake Vineyard at Gladysvale in the Yarra Valley. I shouldn’t lead with this statement because it belittles the wine in a way, but this is remarkable value. This is top level chardonnay, styled beautifully, at a relative snip of a price. We all should make hay while we can. It’s all flint and white peach, meal and mineral, the impression both neat and wild at once. Nut, grapefruit and spice notes are nominated throughout the wine and while it generally feels slender in the mouth, it’s not wanting, and it surges impressively through the finish. A beautiful wine. Tasted: Sep17 Alcohol: 13.2% Price: $38 Closure: Screwcap Drink: 2017 - 2023+"- Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front.

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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
WINEMAKER'S NOTES: Handpicked, wholebunch pressed. Sourced from the Willowlake vineyard in Gladysdale (planted in 1981). An elevated site, at 150 to 180metres altitude, and grown on red volcanic soils.

13.2% alcohol.

TASTING NOTES: Lively acidity, with grapefruit providing the tension and a little meal and slight touch of sulphides on the nose. Engaging wine that is as much about the textural palate, as it is the finesse and detail. Long, extremely refreshing and a bargain.

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