"If you ever want to pass some wine wisdom on to someone, just say these three words: Oakridge And Chardonnay." Campbell Mattinson, The WineFront
“Despite its complexity, and it’s intensity, this is an easy chardonnay to love. The fruit floods, the oak seduces, the linger of the finish makes it memorable. Grilled peach, toast, hazelnuts, apple and a custard cream aspect have this wine singing across various octaves. It rolls with its own punches. It’s a beauty.” – 95+ Points Campbell Mattinson, Winefront.
“From chardonnay planted with CI10V1 clone at the Hazeldene vineyard at Gladysdale in 2013. Whole-bunch pressed straight to puncheons (less than 20% new) followed by a natural-yeast fermentation and time on lees without stirring. A superb Hazeldene with white peach, wet stone, fresh mint, white flowers and a hint of macadamia nut. Pure fruited, concentrated and beautifully balanced, this will provide a lot of pleasure now and for years to come.” – 96 Points & Special Value Wine Philip Rich for Halliday’s Wine Companion
The quality at this price point is outrageous - $45 is madness for what is in the glass. Race to this, it's a superb Chardonnay. Dripping in class, this is a wonderfully layered and complex wine. Peel off veneers of interest at your leisure - cashews, juicy grapefruit, barbecued nectarines, almond meal and vanilla pod are just a few to get you in the mood. Sleek, polished and basking in the glory of its beaming persona, whipped butter rises up late with a lemony tang before the grapefruit swings back into action for the final word. Its shape and presence ooze star power - a glorious wine in every way. Drink to eight years. 95/100." Steve Leszczynsk. qwinereviews.com
Where this wine comes from - Yarra Valley
Just 50 kilometres from Melbourne, Victoria’s Yarra Valley is a star of the wine regions surrounding the city, known as the ‘Melbourne Dress Circle’. With plenty of microclimates and sub-regions, the Yarra Valley doesn’t have a weak link. Certainly the region’s reputation has been built on the quality of its cool climate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. As far as Chardonnay goes, Yarra Valley strikes the right balance of ripeness, without going over the edge. There’s white peach, lemon pith and Fuji apple supported by a fine spine of citrus-like acidity complemented by supportive oak maturation. The region’s Pinot Noir certainly produces that ethereal quality that Pinot-philes go crazy for – with lifted cherry notes, texture and length. Pinosity? It’s here in spades. Don’t discount Yarra Valley Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, which also have a long history in the region and are being recognised for producing their own unique regional styles. Game on!