2014 Oakridge Estate "Willowlake Vineyard" Chardonnay Yarra Valley
Hand-picked, whole bunch-pressed directly to French puncheons for wild ferment; 11 months maturation on lees. From the heart of the Upper Yarra (and its oldest vineyard), this has unequalled finesse and brightness to its fruit profile, ranging through grapefruit and white peach on the bouquet and palate alike.
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 Willowlake Vineyard bottling is packed with crunchy orchard fruit, ripe citrus and toasty lees tones, struck flint, subtle matchstick and some baked apple pie flavors emerge in the glass; quite Meursault like with it's linear power. A very lively, dynamic wine, with fantastic purity and drive. (Ryan Woodhouse - K&L Aussie Wine Buyer)