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2016 Oakridge Local Vineyard Series Willowlake Chardonnay

Yarra Valley

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Our Price: $29.99 / bottle (RRP: $38.00 ) Case: 6 x 750ml

'This wine has a vibrancy, an edge, giving it a mouthfeel and set of flavours firmly anchored on grapefruit. Great success for the vintage.'
97 Points - James Halliday

  • David Bicknell's playground of wines celebrating some of the most esteemed vineyards in the Yarra Valley returns with this classic Willowlake Chardonnay.

    Sourced from one of the oldest vineyards in the Upper Yarra hamlet of Gladysdale, the wine is a shining star in what was a challenging Yarra vintage. The heat spikes across Summer meant that those who had the cooler, more elevated sites such as Willowlake, were ensured a balanced wine, with baume levels in control. Of the three LVS Chardonnay releases from Oakrdige in this vintage, the Willowlake seems to have gathered the most attention, with a remarkable 97 from James Halliday, 95 from Huon Hooke and 95 from Wine Front.

    Effortless and textural, this is an astonishing bargain and one of any Yarra Chardonnay fans.


    Handpicked, wholebunch pressed. Sourced from the Willowlake vineyard in Gladysdale (planted in 1981). An elevated site, at 150 to 180metres altitude, and grown on red volcanic soils.

    13.2% alcohol.


    Lively acidity, with grapefruit providing the tension and a little meal and slight touch of sulphides on the nose. Engaging wine that is as much about the textural palate, as it is the finesse and detail. Long, extremely refreshing and a bargain.


    'From the Upper Yarra, Hand-picked, whole-bunch pressed direct to French puncheons for wild fermentation followed by 10 months maturation. The Willow Lake Vineyard is the oldest in the Upper Yarra, and one of the oldest in the entire Valley. This wine has a vibrancy, an edge, giving it a mouthfeel and set of flavours firmly anchored on grapefruit, which the Barkala Ridge doesn't have. Great success for the vintage.'
    97 Points - James Halliday

    'Stunning chardonnay off the Willowlake Vineyard at Gladysvale in the Yarra Valley. I shouldn’t lead with this statement because it belittles the wine in a way, but this is remarkable value. This is top level chardonnay, styled beautifully, at a relative snip of a price. We all should make hay while we can. It’s all flint and white peach, meal and mineral, the impression both neat and wild at once. Nut, grapefruit and spice notes are nominated throughout the wine and while it generally feels slender in the mouth, it’s not wanting, and it surges impressively through the finish. A beautiful wine.'
    95 Points - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front

    'Light, bright yellow colour and a smoky, toasty-barrel, lightly-toasted cashew nut bouquet. The wine is intense and rich, mouth-filling and powerful, with a long finish, which is full and emphatic. Delicious fruit-sweetness and a clean, persistent carry that is pure, refined and thoroughly satisfying. Clearly the best of Oakridge's three 2016 LVS wines.'
    95 Points - Huon Hooke

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