Since its founding in 1978, Oakridge has been making wines in the Yarra Valley and has produced some of the finest examples of cool climate wines seen in Australia. Oakridge is family owned, with a philosophy of producing wines that reflect the terroir of the Yarra Valley. The three ranges explore various grape varieties, meso-climates within the Yarra Valley, individual sites and winemaking approaches.
The Yarra Valley has three distinct geographic zones or sub-regions - lower warmer, middle cool and higher cooler sub-regions. This wine was sourced from the north facing Lusatia Park vineyard, sited in the red volcanic soils of Woori Yallock.
Pale straw with green hues. Aromatically complex with grilled citrus, white fleshed stone fruit, hints of spice, fresh picked nuts and burnt match all leaping from the glass. The palate is flavorsome and vibrant with a seamless acid line holding the wines shape and providing drive and length. White stone fruit and grapefruit citrus flavors are complimented with layers of texture from barrel fermentation and time on lees.
Bright, light colour, with a cashew nut aroma, attractive underlying complexities which continue through the palate. Intense and refined, precise and direct with long-lasting flavour and real finesse. A delicious wine. Pure fruit drives the wine magnificently. Great line and length. My pick of the 2019 Oakridge chardies. Tasted: March; Drink: 2021 to 2029; Price: $44.00; Alcohol: 13.3%; Rating: 97 Points; Huon Hooke; The Real Review
The masters of Chardonnay are at it again, Henk is fast becoming one of the icons of the Yarra Valley. As always the interplay between fruit and winemaker influence is a compelling back and forth with white peach, taut nectarine and grapefruit meeting struck flint and almond meal on the nose. The palate has generous stone fruits set against a backdrop of citrus and restrained grapefruit, a weave of spice and mealy richness builds before green apple and peach give contrast. The finish has a flint like impact to lemon edged white peach, the length is excellent. An Australian Chardonnay of the highest order. Drink: 2021 to 2030; Price: $44.00; Alcohol: 13.3%; Rating: 97 Points; Patrick Eckel; The Wine Reviewer
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