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2015 Oakridge Over the Shoulder Chardonnay

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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.

Winemaker's Notes

Over the Shoulder

Our Over the Shoulder wines are great examples of wines that typify varietal characteristics of the Yarra Valley. Wines which are fresh, vibrant and medium bodied. Low alcohol wines with intensity, marvellous tightness and sharp focus.


A warm spring and mild summer has resulted in excellent crops and ideal harvesting conditions. The wines have outstanding depth of flavor and structure.


This chardonnay was mostly sourced from vineyards in Coldstream, Woori Yallock,Ggladysdale and Wandin using handpicked grapes and crafted using traditional methods. Multiple upper and lower Yarra Valley vineyards with varying aspects but predominantly north facing, soil type varies from red volcanic to grey alluvial. Predominately spur pruned with some cane pruning.


Harvested in late February 2015, Vintage conditions were close to ideal. Handpicked and whole bunch pressed into 500L puncheons for fermentation with indigenous yeast for approx 14-20 days at 15-20*C. Half going directly to barrel for a natural fermentation and ageing on yeast lees with no stirring in 500L French oak puncheons for 10 months. The other half was pressed to tank for fermentation, then once was complete, transferred to barrel for maturation. After maturation the unified blend was cold stabilised and lightly bentonite fined prior to bottling with a single filtration.

Alc/Vol: 13.0%

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2015 Oakridge Over the Shoulder Chardonnay

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2012 Vintage) 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.
To 2018
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
To 2019
Australian Wine Companion 2013
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.
Wine Taste Special Edition 33
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 2011
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 2009
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 2008

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