2015 ESTATE CHARDONNAY
PATRICK ECKEL, WINEREVIEWER.COM.AU, August 1, 2016
The 2015 release was again produced at Oakridge by Chardonnay master David Bicknell, a slightly fuller wine than previous years with great texture and mouthfeel. A light straw yellow, a youthful nose of aromatic nectarine with trop notes of flint, honey and almond meal, over time these notes will become more evident. Significant fruit weight on the palate, a subtle line of citrus acidity keeps things flowing with fig and white peach the mainstay; interjections of oak and lees complexity add complexity. The finish has textural grip that is steeped in almond meal and a gentle wood spice.
REGAN DREW, Vinonotebook.com, September 2016
Made by the indefatigable Dave Bicknell at Oakridge Wines. 11 months French oak. No holds barred. Distinct fig and balsa wood. Light brown spice over creme anglaise. A little bit of tutti-frutti/fruit salad sweetness and brown pear juice. Hello Sailor. Full, lustrous and rich fruit mouth feel upfront. Slides in slightly sweetly, but with proper chardonnay oak (grapes can definitely handle the oak work), even though the alcohol is high, it doesn’t head to being sunshine pine/caramelisation. The finish is balanced, sharp , focused and never obtuse. Exceptionally deft hand of wine-making with quality fruit. Double hander to the chest.
Made from low cropped, hard harvested estate grown fruit taken from our Dixons Creek Vineyard. Bunch thinned to 2 to 2.5 tonnes per acre.
Fruit was allowed to ferment with indigenous yeast. All fermentation was carried out in barrel with no malolactic fermentation. Elevage occurred over 11 months in French oak and 500L puncheons, with 40% being new oak.
MADE AT: Oakridge
QUANTITY: 520 Dozen