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2016 Oakridge 864 Funder and Diamond Chardonnay

2016 Oakridge 864 Funder and Diamond Chardonnay

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$414.00 (Case 6 x 750ml)

Yarra Valley
2016
750ml
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$414.00
Yarra Valley
2016
750ml
  • THE BRIEF
  • THE FINER DETAILS
  • WHO MADE IT?
  • EXPERT REVIEWS
  • THE BRIEF
  • Situated in Australia's Yarra Valley, Oakridge has been producing quality wine since 1978. Simply named from our address at Coldstream, the 864 range is a showcase of highly detailed micro-selections from the most exceptional single vineyard sites in the Yarra Valley.

  • THE FINER DETAILS
  • Funder & Diamond vineyard, Drive Block. North facing at 240 meters above sea level. Close planted in the red volcanic soil of Wandin East in 1990 using the P58 clone. All grapes hand harvested and sorted prior to whole bunch pressing directly to French oak puncheons for natural fermentation. 20% of the barrels were new. Post-fermentation, the wine was matured on its fermentation lees for 10 months in barrel followed by a further 6 months in tank prior to bottling after a single filtration.

    WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT?


    Pale straw with straw hues. Aroma is complex and intense – struck match, white flowers, lemon leaf, white peach and spice. Depth and volume. The palate is immediately plush and soft. There is a great depth of fruit that builds in intensity as it travels across the mid-palate. The acidity is fine and fresh and keeps the palate focused. Complexing textural elements of the barrel fermentation interweave with the fruit and acidity to complete the package. The wine is in a beautiful place.

  • WHO MADE IT?
  • Oakridge was first setup in 1978 as what was originally a family company. By the turn of the century the label was gobbled up by a large Australian wine company (where it flailed) until being taken back into family hands with the talented David Bicknell on winemaking duties in 2002. Since then Oakridge - and David Bicknell - has garnered a reputation as one of our finest Chardonnay makers, with a particularly handy Pinot and Shiraz or two also in the Oakridge portfolio Oakridge is all about the Yarra Valley, and particularly the Upper Yarra where it sources much of it's fruit from. The range starts with the Over the Shoulder wines which are designed as food friendly entry-level drops that would likely find a home on wine lists around the nation. The next step up is the Estate wines, and Local Vineyard Series, which serve to highlight several different vineyards around the Yarra. Finally, the top tier is the 864 wines, including a single vineyard Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, with the Chardonnay in particular regarded as one of Australia's finer modern whites.

  • EXPERT REVIEWS
  • 96 POINTS

    JAMES HALLIDAY - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION


    Hand-picked, chilled overnight, whole-bunch pressed to French puncheons for wild fermentation and 10 months maturation before a further 6 months in stainless steel. Very interesting wine, both its sojourn in tank after time in barrel and its alcohol of 14.2% should have given a pronounced shift in mouthfeel versus other Oakridge Chardonnays, but counterintuitively, the finesse ex the vineyard at the outset and the winemaking leave it until the last gasp and aftertaste to do a Harry Potter and magically produce it.'

    95 POINTS

    JAMES SUCKLING


    Very impressively struck purity and power here in this top-flight Oakridge chardonnay. It has a nose of flinty grapefruit, white peaches, lemon pith and wet stony minerals. The palate carries mouthwatering acidity, which is cast alongside powerfully fleshy fruit. Long, chiseled and deeply intense. There is richness building up at the finish. Drink or hold.'

    95 POINTS

    HUON HOOKE - THE REAL REVIEW


    Slightly reductive bouquet with a grainy, wheaty note. The wine is soft and rich and rounded, augmented by a trace of sweetness, and finishes with a subtle, pleasing tannin grip. A fairly straightforward wine in its youth, attractive and shows potential for ageing. Subtle hints of smoky charcuterie. A very fine wine of understated but evident complexity, which needs a little more time and promises to reveal more.'