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.
Bright, light yellow colour. The bouquet smoky with struck-flinty reductive notes as well as lemon and grapefruit citrus aromas. Highly aromatic. The wine is superbly intense and focused, bright and youthful but complex at the same moment. The smokiness is well-judged, and the palate finishes with fruit. A gorgeous chardonnay. Drink: 2019 to 2029; Price: $42.00; Rating: 95 Points; Huon Hooke; The Real Review
The 2018 is more fruit driven than sometimes the case with Oakridge, but does give subtle but layered sulphide notes of flint and fig to stone fruits. The palate has mouth filling white peach set against a powdery and mineral core of acidity; texturally there is some grapefruit and almond-meal with a lemony thread that shows the wines youth and underwrites the future. The finish is long and balances fruit and winemaker input. Rating: 95 Points; Patrick Eckel; Wine Reviewer
Lovely, creamy chardonnay with sliced cooked-apple, light pear and straw character. Medium body. Delicious fruit. Complex. Really intense and focused. Drink now. Rating 96 Points; James Suckling
It's no coincidence that all three of the Oakridge Vineyard Series Chardonnays come from the Upper Yarra - it is higher and cooler, and was the perfect place for the very warm vintage. The bouquet is slightly richer than Barkala and Hazeldene, and the palate follows suit. Drink this first (although there's no hurry). Drink to: 2029; Price: $42.00; Date Tasted: Sept 2019; Alcohol: 13.7%; Rating: 96 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday Wine Companion
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