The 2018 Oakridge Willowlake Chardonnay follows in the footsteps of hugely popular recent vintages of this wine. Crafted from grapes grown on one of the oldest vineyards in the Yarra Valley; this is bursting with cool-climate flavours yet has a restraint and balance only found in the finest Australian Chardonnays.
"95 Points. I’ve probably said it before, and anyone who knows me knows I’m prone to repeating myself, but what a lovely evocative name it is for a vineyard. It doesn’t need any styling products; there’s not a hair out of place here. White peach and lime, green melon, almond nougat, a whisper of struck match and spice. Smooth and flavoursome, a subtle viscosity interlaid with chalk and flint, some floral mouth-perfume, slight tweak to the finish with citrus rind and grapefruit tang. Right proper Chardonnay here. Tasted: Sept 19. 13.4% alc. $38. Screwcap Drink: 2019 - 2026"- Gary Walsh, The Wine Front.
"95 Points. The most reductive of the 2018 LVS and it pushes it to the limit in a good way with citrus and just ripe stone fruits tempering the lees induced inputs. The palate has tension and a nervy acidity with a baseline of flint and subtle spice that is unwavering and enjoys green fig and new season nectarine; there is a lemon curd like note somewhere in the mix and brioche to finish. A producer that can do no wrong with the Chardonnay grape."- Patrick Eckel, winereviewer.com.au.
The winemakers at Oakridge lead by the high regarded David Bicknell, use traditional methods, expert hands and meticulous care, to craft wines that emanate freshness, balance and length with every sip. All grapes are handpicked to maintain the quality Oakridge is renowned for, utilising traditional winemaking techniques and minimal intervention, with expert hands using their innate knowledge and understanding for successful vintages year after year.
The Oakridge grapes are grown in varying altitudes and terroirs driven by Chief Winemaker David Bicknell, so whilst all reflecting the characteristics of the 100% Yarra Valley fruit, each also exude their own personalities. It is the varying altitudes and terroirs that allow the team to continually create award-winning wines that do justice to the many Oakridge Wine varietals; each and all exemplifying the Oakridge elegance, freshness, purity, balance and length that create world-class table wines.
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