2011 Oakridge Estate Local Vineyard Series "Barkala Ridge Vineyard" Chardonnay, Yarra Valley (Elsewhere $35)

SKU #1124434 95 points James Halliday

 Sourced from the east-facing Barkala Ridge Vineyard, sited on the red volcanic soils of Wandin East. Identical winemaking for the Local Vineyard Series wines, with whole bunches pressed directly to 500L French oak puncheons for natural fermentation and 10 months maturation on lees; precisely framed and pitched, with intense grapefruit leading the way.  (3/2012)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2011 Barkala Ridge Vineyard Chardonnay shows intermingled notes of meal and struck match, pink grapefruit, spiced apples, toasted almonds plus some crushed stones. Light to medium-bodied, the palate has great texture and intensity enlivened by crisp and fresh acidity through the long, zesty and mineral-laced finish. Drink it now to 2016+.  (8/2013)

K&L Notes

Oakridge winemaker David Bicknell rates the 2011 Chardonnay vintage as amongst the best he has experienced in 20 years making wine in the Yarra. The Local Vineyard designated wines are sourced from a combination of two or more selected vineyard blocks and made with the intention of expressing the unique character of Australia's cool Yarra Valley; in 2011 some of would easily have been considered as potential 864 single block level releases in other years. With a climate between Bordeaux and Burgundy in average temperature, the Yarra Valley is known for wines that display freshness and elegance.

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Staff Image By: Jim Chanteloup | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/31/2013 | Send Email
If you like Chablis, then this wine is for you. The nose shows flint and matchstick along with a crushed rock minerality complimented by green apple and lemon/lime citrus with a slight nutty accent. On the palate it has great tension and drive with fine balancing acidity and a long persistent finish.

Staff Image By: Mike Barber | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/25/2013 | Send Email
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As close to chablis as Australia gets- this is a racy and lean chardonnay with bright stonefruit flavors and a great mouthfeel finish. An excellent value at $25!
Top Value! Drink from 2013 to 2017

Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/24/2013 | Send Email
I dare you. Put this in your next Chablis tasting and make sure it's in a paper bag. This will blow out your premier cru bottles that everyone was dying to taste and should bring home the gold. I couldn't believe it when we first tried this wine at our last Aussie event. Bursting with minerality and that classic oyster shell Chablis note, great acidity, lots of green apple tartness, and a lovely, racy finish. I bought myself a few bottles immediately after. L-O-V-E I-T!

Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/24/2013 | Send Email
I have been lucky enough to taste this wine twice and it is an exceptional value for the money. The vast continent of Australia has been represented in the past by gigantic, high alcohol reds in the US market, but thanks to the hard work of K&L's Ryan Woodhouse, we are starting to see the rest of the story! Fine wines like this Oakridge Barkala Ridge Vineyard Chardonnay from the Yarra Valley never made it out of the country in the past, but now we have an opportunity to get access to these gems. This Chardonnay has delicacy and finesse on the level with many more expensive white Burgundy's, and those looking for a Chassagne like experience will be very pleased with this medium weight, detailed, long finishing wine from Oakridge!

Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/22/2013 | Send Email
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Intensely flinty and mineral driven. Intriguing aromas of matchstick and spicy white oak. Bright quince and crunchy Anjou pears are highlighted on the long, linear and chiseled palate. Quite Chablis like. Very much for Burgundian Chardonnay drinkers rather than big butter bomb lovers.
Drink from 2013 to 2018

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.


- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world. View a list of bestselling items from Australia.


Specific Appellation:

Yarra Valley

Alcohol Content (%): 13.2