2012 Oakridge Local Vineyard Series "Guerin Vineyard" Chardonnay Yarra Valley (Elsewhere $35)

SKU #1124432 96 points James Halliday

 Made using the tried and true approach of hand picking, whole bunch pressing direct to French oak puncheon for fermentation and 10 months maturation. Has that extra edge and precision of Upper Yarra Valley fruit, with a minerally spine to the grapefruit and white peach flavours.

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2012 Guerin Vineyard Chardonnay is scented of yuzu zest, orange blossom and fresh lime juice with touches of toast, struck match and clotted cream. Light-bodied plus clean and very crisp through a long, mineral-laced finish, this tight-knit beauty should develop nicely over the next 4-6 years. (92+, LPB)

K&L Notes

A little more flesh from the warmer 2012 vintage after the exceptionally cool 2011s. Interestingly this site seems to find the middle ground between the Barkala Ridge and Denton bottlings. Showing white peach, orchard blossom, citrus and raw almonds. Quite structured and serious with good density on the mid-palate. Perfectly integrated oak. 93+ points from the Wine Front: "The Guerin Vineyard is at Gladysdale in the Yarra Valley. When it comes to chardonnay, Oakridge's Local Vineyard Series is pretty much reliably sensational. This Guerin Vineyard chardonnay is spot on. Lithe, elegant, textural and tasty. Has a savouriness at its heart. Has lemon and lemon curd and lime flavours, with oatmeal and toasty oak and a quick strike of matchstick. Beautiful." Only 700cs total production.

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By: Olivia Ragni |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/3/2014  | Send Email
Easily one of the best Australian Chards Iíve had in a while. Done in more of an old world style, the Guerin develops a slightly flinty, almondy nose with hints of fresh lemon peel. The palate explodes with high acidity, a bit of a petrol quality and citrus fruits such as lemon, clementine, and orange peel. This certainly exceeds expectations.

By: Ryan Woodhouse |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/2/2014  | Send Email
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Beautifully focused Chardonnay with minerality in spades. Winemaker David Bicknell has a very distinctive style of crisp, linear Burgundian type Chardonnay. This wine is all about tension and focus with citrus notes, spices, hints of buttered toast and flint. The wine is a must try for fans of Chablis and less obviously oaky, buttery chardonnay. One of the brightest most zippy Chards we have.

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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- 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, M‚con, 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.
Country:

Australia

- 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 Region are in the southeastern area of the continent, with the Barossa Valley, Claire Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia, the Yarra Yarra Velley 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, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling from the land Down Under. 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. Click for a list of bestselling items from Australia.
Sub-Region:

Victoria

Specific Appellation:

Yarra Valley

Alcohol Content (%): 13.3