2012 Oakridge Estate Single Vineyard Series "d'Aloisio Vineyard" Chardonnay Yarra Valley (Elsewhere $35)
Hand-picked, whole bunch-pressed direct to French oak puncheons for fermentation and 10 months maturation. Here the slightly richer and layered nature of Lower Yarra Valley fruit is the point of difference, although this and the '12 Guerin Vineyard both have the hallmark Yarra Valley length of flavour; white peach and grapefruit make equal contributions to the overall flavour.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2012 J&J D’Aloisio Vineyard Chardonnay opens with aromas of apple tart, apricots and brioche with touches of cashews and mandarin peel. Medium-bodied and accented by a tart acid line, it has great flavor intensity and a long refreshing finish. Approachable now, it should drink best 2014 to 2018+. (LPB)
Hand picked fruit from the d'Aloisio vineyard in the lower Yarra Valley. Whole bunch pressing and wild fermentation in 500-600L French oak Puncheons. As with almost of all of David Bicknell's Chardonnays it does not go through Malo. He strives to attain a more focused, pure, linear style of Chardonnay. This wine shows crunchy orchard fruit, some firm peach or nectarine, hints of spicy oak and lees character and that subtle signature match wood Oakridge character. Underneath the fruit there is a complex layer of mineral and stone flavors all stretched out on the palate by the wines phenomenal linear drive and length.