2011 Oakridge 864 Single Block Selection "Charlie's Block: J&J D'Aloisio Vineyard" Chardonnay, Yarra Valley
Bright straw-green; the spectacular power and intensity of the fruit has completely absorbed the French oak derived from 50% of the wine barrel-fermented new oak; the white peach and citrus fruit persisting in the mouth long after the wine has been swallowed.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
92+ points: The 2011 864 Charlie’s Block Chardonnay exudes lovely green guava, pineapple and peach aromas accented by yeast extract, some ginger and spice. Medium-bodied and quite creamy in texture, it drinks with great freshness and intensity through a long finish. Drink it now to 2017+.
Oakridge was awarded "Winery of the year" in 2012 off the strength of it's legendary Chards. Winemaker David Bicknell is the KING of Chard in Australia. The 864 wines are only released in the best years, Oakridge's Single Block line showcases their finest single vineyard or estate wines. They are to be treated and indeed judged against the best of what Burgundy can offer and I believe they truly measure up! From the Winemaker: "864 Block Selection: J & J D'Aloisio, Charlie's Block. North facing at 250 metres above sea level. Close planted in the red volcanic soil of Seville Village in 1985 using the P58 clone. All grapes hand harvested and sorted prior to whole bunch pressing directly to French oak puncheons for natural fermentation. 30% of the barrels were new. Post-fermentation, the wine was sulphured in-situ to prevent malolactic conversion from occurring and preserve the naturally high acidity. The wine was aged on its fermentation lees with minimal sulfur for 10 months prior to blending and bottling after a single filtration. Pale straw with bright green hues. Opens with strong citrus, white stone fruit, white flowers and hints of praline. The palate is full, expansive and rich grapefruit, nectarine, flint and white flowers moving along a taught and tangy line of citrus acidity. A changing and complex wine of depth and concentration that with time in the glass reveals perfumed musk, lemon curd plus whisps of smoke and spent matchsticks.