"Stunning chardonnay! Unabashedly rich, but tensile, energetic and incredibly long...beautifully appointed oak and Meursault-like suggestions...Oakdene's tattoo of intensity of flavour melded by quality fruit." 96pts - James Halliday Wine Companion
About the Wine
Oakdene's top Chardonnay. Plenty of wine making tricks with wild yeast barrel ferment and 30% new French oak. Sourced from the original plantings (19yrs old) at a low yield of 2.6 tonnes per acre. Only 630 cases produced.
"Stunning chardonnay! Unabashedly rich, but tensile, energetic and incredibly long. The stone fruit references and notes of dried mango are almost sublimated by a saline maritime freshness, beautifully appointed oak and Meursault-like suggestions of toasted hazelnut and curd. Oakdene's tattoo of intensity of flavour melded by quality fruit, a fine site and a deft winemaking hand." 96pts - Ned Goodwin- James Halliday Wine Companion
About the Winery
Located in Wallington on the Bellarine Peninsula, Oakdene was established 2001 by Bernard and Elizabeth Hooley. Oakdene's wine maker, Robin Brockett, has over 30yrs winemaking experience in the broader Geelong region.
It is very important to remember that this zone of the Geelong region is very much a maritime climate and thus should be viewed very differently to the inner, warmer plains where the likes of Bannockburn and Wine By Farr are located.
"The quality is exemplary, as is the consistency of that quality; Robin Brockett's skills are on full display. A new vineyard (11km from Oakdene) planted in '17 (to shiraz, pinot noir, pinot gris, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, merlot, riesling, cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon) has increased the plantings from 12ha to 32ha." 5 Star Winery - James Halliday