2014 Oakridge Estate "Over the Shoulder" Chardonnay Yarra Valley (Elsewhere $20)
From the Beenak, Coldstream, Gladysdale and Woori Yallock districts, all hand-picked. Has masses of fruit that could only come from the Yarra Valley, its length unmistakable, but not at the expense of mid-palate presence.
Last vintage we sold thousands of bottles of this wine from K&L direct import Oakridge Estate. Made by 20+ year veteran, Yarra Valley winemaker David Bicknell. David is considered by many as one of the best Chardonnay producers in all of Australia. The "Over The Shoulder" label is basically estate fruit that didn't quite make the cut for the much more expensive single vineyard bottlings but still represents excellent quality and an exceptional value. A brighter, crisper style of Chardonnay with crunchy orchard fruit, ripe citrus, mineral and just a dash of subtle French oak. 91 points Wine Front: "Preserved lemon, lime, white peach and a whisper of struck match. It’s kind of juicy and flavoursome, yet steely and lean too. Citrus rind bitterness with green pear, good burst through the finish, light chalkiness to really tighten up the nuts at the end. More about verity of fruit than winemaking."