97 Points & Special Value Wine James Halliday
95 Points Winefront
5 Stars & 95 Points Huon Hooke
Outstanding expressions of single vineyards within the Yarra Valley.
This wine was sourced from the north facing Willowlake Vineyard, sited in the red volcanic soils of Gladysdale. Vintage – A wonderful growing season with abundant spring rainfall, low crops and warm ripening conditions has resulted in wines that are deeply flavoured and intensely varietal.
A traditional winemaking approach was used to produce this wine – handpicking and whole bunch pressing directly to 500 litre French oak puncheons for a natural fermentation followed by 11 month maturation on lees.
“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
“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.” – 5 Stars & 95 Points Huon Hooke
“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 & Special Value Wine James Halliday