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2016 Oakridge 864 Funder and Diamond Chardonnay

2016 Oakridge 864 Funder and Diamond Chardonnay

'The finesse ex the vineyard at the outset and the winemaking... do a Harry Potter and magically produce it.' 
96 Points - James Halliday, Wine Companion

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DESCRIPTION
  • 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.

  • WINEMAKER'S NOTES

    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.

    TASTING NOTES

    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.

  • REVIEWS

    '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.'
    96 Points - James Halliday, Wine Companion

    '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.'
    95 Points - Huon Hooke, The Real Review

    '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 - James Suckling