Yarra Valley, Australia
Alc. 13.5 %
Nestled in the Yarra Valley, you'll find family owned estate of Oakridge Wines. Founded in 1978, this winery is dedicating to traditional winemaking practices, including hand-harvesting the grapes, minimal intervention in the fermentation processes including the use of carefully selected natural yeasts and barrel selection and size. They let the vines, grapes and wine do the talking, they just listen and step in when needed. These are truly hand-crafted wines.
Chief Winemaker, David Bicknell was once described as "the best maker of Chardonnay in the world", nails it with the 864 Chardonnay. The balance of white stone fruit, rich creamy palate with toasty oak and acidity is a match made in heaven. Lime zest, grapefruit pith and flinty notes are also present. If you are a Chardonnay drinking, do not miss this exception wine!
97 points, James Halliday
Oakridge's 864 series represents a number of micro-selections across propitiously situated blocks in the finest single vineyards. Made simply, with whole-bunch pressing to oak, 20% new, fermentation took place under the aegis of ambient yeasts. The result is a stunning wine of verve, with stone fruit, oatmeal and truffle splayed across a tensile spine of bright acidity and smoky mineral crunch. The oak imparts some cinnamon cream. The finish stains the mouth, driven long by the immaculate structural supports and intensity of fruit.
Shiny pale gold with a glimmer of sunshine.
Orchard fruits leap from the glass! Fleshy of golden apples, Granny Smith's tartness, a hint of white stone fruits. In the background, notes of chamomile and white blossoms. Round and inviting!
Our mouths are watering before the first sip! So reminiscent of Burgundy - lime zest, stone fruit, crisp apple flesh and a mineral note to keep it all in check. A balance of weight and lightness at the same time. The acidity is pleasing and round, giving the freshness it's own note. A slight creaminess on the mid palate and a finish that keeps going has us weak in the knees!
Fresh seared scallops salad, crab cakes, roasted chicken with wild rice pilaf, fresh salad rolls with yuzu and sesame dipping sauce are a few tasty bites that come to mind!