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2015 Oakridge 864 Funder & Diamond Drive Block Chardonnay

Yarra Valley, VIC

Simply, one of the most outstanding Chardonnays in Australia. A benchmark and an icon.

HIGH SCORE

$64.00

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 864. Oakridge. Funder & Diamond. Chardonnay. The 2015 vintage. It’s enough to get you salivating at the prospect.

Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)

About The Wine

The Oakridge 864 Funder & Diamond Drive Block Chardonnay is one of the giants of Australian Chardonnay.

Crafted by one of the country's most gifted makers of the variety, this single block wine is considered by many as a benchmark wine for the region. The 2015 vintage is characterised by coiled power and intensity. The impact of powerful fruit beautifully framed by trimmings of fine French oak and some savoury lees character.

Complexity tempered with an easy approachability. It's a wine to behold.

The reviews for this release have been outstanding with James Halliday awarding this vintage 97 points  and 95 points from the Wine Front's Campbell Mattinson. This is an excellent release of this much revered icon of the Yarra Valley.

About Oakridge

Oakridge is one of the Yarra Valley's most respected wineries.

Under the direction of master winemaker Dave Bicknell, it has been a major player in defining the modern styles of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in the Yarra over the last decade.

From the elite 864 range to the amazing value Over The Shoulder range, there's quality at the core of everything Oakridge puts its hand to.

Bicknell has rare touch as a winemaker, carefully eeking out the individual character of each vineyard he works with.

Each wine speaks with absolute clarity of where it comes from. These are excellent, masterfully crafted wines and great value to boot.

Oakridge master winemaker David Bicknell
Oakridge master winemaker David Bicknell
Yarra Valley, VIC
Additional Info

From The Producer

WINEMAKING NOTES

All grapes were hand harvested and sorted prior to whole bunch pressing directly to French oak puncheons for natural fermentation. 20% of the barrels were new. Post-fermentation, the wine was sulphured and matured on its gross lees for 10 months, prior to blending and bottling after a single filtration.

GROWING CONDITIONS

A warm spring and mild summer has resulted in excellent crops and ideal harvesting conditions. The wines have outstanding depth of flavor and structure.

 

Blend : Chardonnay (100%)
ABV : 14.00%
Closure : Screw cap
Drink Until : 2035
Bottle Size : 750ml

The tremendous view from the Oakridge Cellar Door Resturant
The tremendous view from the Oakridge Cellar Door Resturant
Yarra Valley, VIC
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

97Points
Halliday Wine Companion

"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." - James Halliday (Halliday Wine Companion)

95Points
The Wine Front

"864. Oakridge. Funder & Diamond. Chardonnay. The 2015 vintage. It’s enough to get you salivating at the prospect.Grapefruit. It swerves straight at you. Peachiness is all well and good but grapefruit flavours always seem to add a certain gravity. It’s interesting in the context of this release, where measure and elegance seem to have been prized above straight-out fruit intensity, and indeed over enthusiastic winemaking. It’s not a particularly wild wine. The vineyard has the podium pretty much all to itself. Yes there are flint and meal notes, almond maybe, a smokiness. A creaminess too, sprinkled with spice. But that strong, silken run of fruit drives the wine and manages the finish. It’s a wine that will disappoint no one." - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)

Delivery

Delivery is Free for any order of $99 or more, or just $10 for any orders less than $99. There is no minimum order quantity and you can mix and match as much as you like. Make your perfect mixed pack! In Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane & Byron Bay we deliver with our own vans. All other areas are serviced by Australia Post.

Sydney Metro orders in the Pink Zone will be delivered the next day 5 days per week, Monday through Friday. Orders in the Blue Zone will be delivered on Tuesdays and Fridays. Everything outside these zones will be delivered by Australia Post.

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Brisbane Metro orders are picked up from our Sydney warehouse every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 12pm and delivered on Thursday or Friday. Please refer to this map to see if your address is considered Brisbane Metro here. Everything outside of this zone will be dispatched next business day with Australia Post.

Australia Wide Deliveries To the rest of Australia we use Australia Post. The Australia Post Collection Truck picks up orders from our Sydney warehouse every weekday at midday. If your order is placed before 12pm we’ll get it on the truck that day. Delivery times vary considerably with Australia Post and unfortunately there is no Express Delivery Option for wine (because it is fragile and heavy). PLEASE NOTE that we are currently seeing significant delays in the Australia Post delivery network. Strict government health and safety requirements and very high parcel volumes are causing significant backlogs at the main NSW and VIC sorting facilities. Orders are still arriving safe and sound but you may notice slower delivery times and less frequent scanning updates than usual.

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