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2016 Oakridge Local Vineyard Series Willowlake Chardonnay

Yarra Valley, VIC

A predictably outstanding release from one of Australia's Chardonnay masters.

$28.00

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About

About The Wine

There are few Chardonnays that can go toe to toe with the Oakridge Single Vineyard Series for sheer quality compared to price. Of the stunning 2016 releases from esteemed Yarra Valey winemaker Dave Bicknell, the Willowlake Chardonnay may be the best of a brilliant bunch.

The fruit from Willowlake was carefully picked by hand and vinified with traditional Burgundian-inspired winemaking techniques. The result is a very fine Chardonnay of the highest class. The reviews speak for themselves; 96 points from James Halliday and 95 points from Gary Walsh.

For Yarra Chardonnay in this price bracket, this is clearly a standout purchase.

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

Blend : Chardonnay (100%)
Closure : Screw cap
Drink Until : 2030
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

"From the Upper Yarra, Hand-picked, whole-bunch pressed direct to French puncheons for wild fermentation followed by 10 months maturation. The Willow Lake Vineyard is the oldest in the Upper Yarra, and one of the oldest in the entire Valley. This wine has a vibrancy, an edge, giving it a mouthfeel and set of flavours firmly anchored on grapefruit, which the Barkala Ridge doesn't have. Great success for the vintage." - James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion)

95Points
The Wine Front

"Stunning chardonnay off the Willowlake Vineyard at Gladysvale in the Yarra Valley.I shouldn’t lead with this statement because it belittles the wine in a way, but this is remarkable value. This is top level chardonnay, styled beautifully, at a relative snip of a price. We all should make hay while we can. It’s all flint and white peach, meal and mineral, the impression both neat and wild at once. Nut, grapefruit and spice notes are nominated throughout the wine and while it generally feels slender in the mouth, it’s not wanting, and it surges impressively through the finish. A beautiful wine." - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)

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