2012 Oakridge Over the Shoulder Chardonnay
2012 De Bortoli Regional Reserve Yarra Valley Chardonnay
- One sip of this varietal Chardonnay and you’ll be looking over your shoulder to glimpse at the label of this wine and then be startled at the price. Quality like this just shows the Oakridge commitment to producing wines of distinction and finesse across the board. Very Yarra-like with a core of grapefruit, melon and citrus; the first thing you’ll notice is the creamy texture with barrel like complexity. There’s exceptional flavour before long, lemon inflected finish. 80
- Pale, glowing green. White flowers, preserved lemons, lime peel with hints of flint and cordite. White nectarines and lemon citrus sit over pebbles and river stones. Made more complex by struck match nuances and with no perceptible oak. The finish is long, minerally, tight and fine.
James Halliday says:“
Fresh pear, citrus blossom and smoky oak aromas coexist on the restrained and elegant bouquet; the palate is taut and energetic, with tangy acidity and a bone-dry, and enticingly long, chalky finish.
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Tyson Stelzer (2011 Vintage) says:“
Dave Bicknell trumps into the -low alcohol chardonnay is underripe" controversy with a gloriously complex and beautifully textural Yarra Valley style that clocks in at a breathtaking 11.7%. All the genius of Oakridge including natural old barrel ferment and lees ageing. Game over.
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Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says:“
Baby Oakridge is made with the same expertise as its grown up siblings. Fermented in both old oak and tank, there is a roundness and a honey and ripe fig warmth to its fruit profile, but it finishes zesty and clean, with white peach and nectarine fruits.WINE 100 Magazine - 2011 201191
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says:“
Ripe pear and nectarine bouquet, showing a touch of spice from the oak; generous for its age, good texture and weight; an honest wine.Australian Wine Companion 2010 200990
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says:“
Very crisp, fresh and lively, with light-bodied citrus and grapefruit components coming from early picking; an airbrush of oak.Australian Wine Companion 2009 200889