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2018 Oakridge Henk Vineyard Chardonnay

Yarra Valley, VIC

Another fine example of Yarra Valley Chardonnay from master Dave Bicknell. 96 points, single-vineyard, excellent value for money.

HIGH SCORE

$35.00

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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.

This is a knockout from winemaker Dave Bicknell. In 2018 Henk Chardonnay performed excedingly well. High up in the upper reaches of the Yarra Valley, it thrives in warmer years.

The fruit from was carefully picked by hand and vinified with traditional Burgundian-inspired winemaking techniques. The result is a very fine Chardonnay of the highest class.

For Yarra Valley 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 winemaker Dave Bicknell
Oakridge winemaker Dave Bicknell
Yarra Valley, VIC
Additional Info

From The Producer

A traditional winemaking approach was used to produce this wine – handpicking and whole bunch pressing directly to 500 litre French oak puncheons for a natural fermentation followed by 10 month maturation on lees.

GROWING CONDITIONS

Local Vineyard Series

The Yarra Valley has three distinct geographic zones or sub-regions - lower warmer, middle cool and higher cooler sub-regions. We have matched particular varieties with the specific sites to give you outstanding examples of single vineyard wines.

Blend : Chardonnay (100%)
ABV : 13.7%
Closure : Screw Cap
Drink Until : 2030
Bottle Size : 750ml

Bicknell in the cellar
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

96Points
Halliday Wine Companion

"It's no coincidence that all three of the Oakridge Vineyard Series Chardonnays come from the Upper Yarra - it is higher and cooler, and was the perfect place for the very warm vintage. The bouquet is slightly richer than Barkala and Hazeldene, and the palate follows suit. Drink this first (although there's no hurry)." - James Halliday (Halliday Wine Companion)

94Points
The Wine Front

"So friendly and approachable, it’s a warm hug of a Chardonnay, and one that’ll surely melt the coolest of hearts. Lime, white peach, vanilla laced oatmeal, spice and a tiny amount of matchstick. It’s glossy and mellifluous, running smoothly and calmly from front to back, yet still has enough fine acidity and flinty texture to keep it on the straight and narrow. Finish is especially long and lovely, vanilla and lime with a fine chalk dust climax. Delightful." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

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