2011 Oakridge Local Vineyard Series "Denton Vineyard" Chardonnay Yarra Valley (Elsewhere $35)
Sourced from the east-facing Denton Vineyard sited on a degraded granite soil plug near Yarra Glen. Despite the low alcohol, is the most delicate of the Local Vineyard Series Chardonnays, with white peach fruit up front, steely acidity coming on the finish.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2011 Denton Vineyard Chardonnay presents attractive peach and apricot notes with hints of mandarin peel and white blossom and a little whiff of funk for interest. Light-bodied, crisp and clean, it brings a nice savory edge to the long, peach and citrus-filled finish. Drink it now to 2015+.
Oakridge winemaker David Bicknell rates the 2011 Chardonnay vintage as amongst the best he has experienced in 20 years making wine in the Yarra. The Local Vineyard designated wines are sourced from a combination of two or more selected vineyard blocks and made with the intention of expressing the unique character of Australia's cool Yarra Valley; in 2011 some of would easily have been considered as potential 864 single block level releases in other years. With a climate between Bordeaux and Burgundy in average temperature, the Yarra Valley is known for wines that display freshness and elegance. From the winemaker: "A traditional winemaking approach was used to produce this wine - hand picking and whole bunch pressing directly to 500 litre French oak puncheons for natural fermentation and a 10 month maturation on lees. The most delicate of the Local Vineyard Series Chardonnays. Complex with depth of flavour even at 12.5%. Deceptive length from soil origins framing pink grapefruit, lemon citrus and white nectarine."