2013 Oakridge Estate "Guerin Vineyard" Chardonnay Yarra Valley

SKU #1228604 96 points James Halliday

 Whole bunch-pressed straight to French puncheons for wild ferment on solids, then 11 months maturation on lees. Has the Oakridge stamp all over it: a complex, slightly funky bouquet and great drive to the long, elegant, perfectly balanced palate, oak merely a vehicle.  (10/2014)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Local Vineyard Series Guerin Vineyard Chardonnay is intensely scented of lemon curd, lemongrass, lime leaves and mandarin peel with touches of struck flint, toasted cashews, cedar and ginger. Medium-bodied, the palate delivers a beautiful satiny texture and plenty of lively citrus flavors, yielding savory layers in the long finish. (LPB)  (2/2015)

K&L Notes

95 points Wine Front: "Well, this is just lovely. You really just want to neck it straight away. Ripe flavours and kind of silky and glossy with cashew and oatmeal, but also flinty, refined and precise. See, you can have your cake, and still stay trim. Positive amount of struck match with honey, gentle oak spice, white nectarine and lime the main flavours, maybe a little fennel perfume. Has a kind of rain washed delicacy, but delivers the flavour on the finish. Superb." Oakridge's wines re-define what many people think of Australian wines...they're the polar opposite of the over-ripe, over-extracted, "Fruit Bombs" as any wine can be. These wines are about balance, elegance and refinement. Winemaker David Bicknell is known as the "king of Chardonnay" in Australia, standing resolute as one of the best producers of the varietal in the country. With 25+ vintages under his belt, his crisp, flinty, mineral, Chablis inspired style has become a benchmark for a nation. All of his Chards are very focused and chiseled in form. The Guerin Vineyard bottling is packed with Meyer lemon, ripe citrus, and grapefruit. Nutty, lees tones, struck flint, matchstick and some baked apple flavors emerge in the glass. A very lively, dynamic wine, with fantastic purity and drive. A true classic. (Ryan Woodhouse - K&L Aussie Wine Buyer)

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Staff Image By: Dave Genevro | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/3/2016 | Send Email
This is my favorite style of Chardonnay. The oak is neutral and compliments, gives life to the smells, textures and richness of the wine, but without overwhelming any one part and creating an imbalance. But not this Chardonnay! The wine is fermented in large French oak puncheons, then gets a solid 11 months on it's lees. The end result is just magic to my palate. The grey volcanic soils of this East facing vineyard, gives the wine texture, minerality, and added character. The acids are focused and precise. The oak adds to the nose of schist soils, stones and lemon pie crust. This is not a butter bomb, this is a perfect example of just how making stylistic Chardonnay can be. A rich, lively and richly focused bottling. Enjoy!
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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.


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Yarra Valley

Alcohol Content (%): 13