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2018 Oakridge Vineyard Series Henk Vineyard Chardonnay

2018 Oakridge Vineyard Series Henk Vineyard Chardonnay

Chardonnay
Oakridge
Yarra Valley
2018
750ml
13%
Cellar to 2028
Screw Cap

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Chardonnay
Oakridge
Yarra Valley
2018
750ml
13%
Cellar to 2028
Screw Cap
  • THE BRIEF
  • WHO MADE IT?
  • EXPERT REVIEWS
  • THE BRIEF
  • Just the second official relaase of Oakridge's latest Henk Vineyard Series Chardonnay, and this one keeps the standards incredibly high. The Henk vineyard has been a pet project of the Oakridge team, and in 2018 we are seeing a little more oomph and power from the vineyard.

    David Bicknell and his coterie of winemakers and viticulturists have been given free reign to take the fruit of this mighty Woori Yallock vineyard, and in the warmer 2018, when all the myriad of clones and older vines have come in to play, they have released an absolutely stunning debut effort.

    Sourced from a plot that sits on the border of Woori Yallock and Hoddles Creek, and grown on the red volcanic soils of the Upper Yarra, this is a special site and is thoroughly deserving of the complete Oakridge treatment. Traditional, hands-off winemaking is the key to encapsulating this terroir, and it shows in the final result.

    It's a wine of substantive power, but with such a slippery ease to drink. Acacia, nettle, marzipan dominate on the nose, with the usual coterie of citrus, grass and green apple providing the fruit. It's undulating, with different flavours bouncing around the palate as you lock horns with it, and yet it all finishes with a flourish

    There a very few wines or Chardonnay in Australia that can come close to touching the Henk Chardonnay, at any price point. This wine should be at the front and centre of everyone's collective consciousness, no matter what your tastes.

  • 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


    It's no coincidence that all three of the Oakridge Vineyard Series Chardonnays come from the Upper Yarra - it is higher and cooler, and was the perfect place for the very warm vintage. The bouquet is slightly richer than Barkala and Hazeldene, and the palate follows suit. Drink this first (although there's no hurry).

    96 POINTS

    JAMES HALLIDAY - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION


    It's no coincidence that all three of the Oakridge Vineyard Series Chardonnays come from the Upper Yarra - it is higher and cooler, and was the perfect place for the very warm vintage. The bouquet is slightly richer than Barkala and Hazeldene, and the palate follows suit. Drink this first (although there's no hurry).

    96 POINTS

    WINSOR DOBBIN


    It is less than 12 months ago that I was raving about the 2017 Henk Chardonnay - a wine that sold out very quickly. The 2018 vintage is, if anything, even better with winemaker David Bicknell again working his magic on fruit from a grower in Woori Yallock in the cool upper Yarra Valley - a guy called Henk, Natural ferment, whole-bunch pressing to large-format French oak and 10 months on lees have resulted in a chardonnay from an excellent vintage that offers quite exquisite pleasure with its sexy citrus and minerality. Once again it is a wine of immediate appeal but with the length and structure to cellar impressively. 96.5/100.

    96 POINTS

    JAMES SUCKLING


    Lovely, creamy chardonnay with sliced cooked-apple, light pear and straw character. Medium body. Delicious fruit. Complex. Really intense and focused. Drink now. Screw cap.

    95 POINTS

    HUON HOOKE - THE REAL REVIEW


    Bright, light yellow colour. The bouquet smoky with struck-flinty reductive notes as well as lemon and grapefruit citrus aromas. Highly aromatic. The wine is superbly intense and focused, bright and youthful but complex at the same moment. The smokiness is well-judged, and the palate finishes with fruit. A gorgeous chardonnay. (Woori Yallock; north-facing site on red volcanic loams)

    95 POINTS

    PATRICK ECKEL


    Henk is a relatively new addition to the LVS lineup and is fast becoming my favourite, the wine was naturally fermented before being aged on lees in large format barrels for 10 months. The 2018 is more fruit driven than sometimes the case with Oakridge, but does give subtle but layered sulphide notes of flint and fig to stone fruits. The palate has mouth filling white peach set against a powdery and mineral core of acidity; texturally there is some grapefruit and almond-meal with a lemony thread that shows the wines youth and underwrites the future. The finish is long and balances fruit and winemaker input.

    94 POINTS

    GARY WALSH - THE WINE FRONT


    So friendly and approachable, it's a warm hug of a Chardonnay, and one that'll surely melt the coolest of hearts. Lime, white peach, vanilla laced oatmeal, spice and a tiny amount of matchstick. It's glossy and mellifluous, running smoothly and calmly from front to back, yet still has enough fine acidity and flinty texture to keep it on the straight and narrow. Finish is especially long and lovely, vanilla and lime with a fine chalk dust climax. Delightful.