2013 Oakridge Estate "Guerin Vineyard" Chardonnay Yarra Valley
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.
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)
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)