Established in 2001, Oakdene is located in Wallington (near Ocean Grove) on the Bellarine Peninsula, approximately 20kms east of Geelong. The region enjoys a cool, maritime climate moderating the weather patterns, resulting in a long cool growing season; producing low yields of high quality fruit. These are some stand out wines from a region where quality can be elusive.
“Pale straw in colour, with notes of struck match, white peach, citrus, and toasted oak. The wine delivers excellent mid palate weight and a creamy texture with nectarine, white peach and citrus on the back palate, and a spicy oak finish balanced by firm acidity. The wine underwent primary and malolactic fermentation in 100% French oak puncheons (40% new) matured for 10 months. Enjoy now or cellar for 4 to 7 years.” – Oakdene Team
Within the GI of Geelong there is some distinctly different climates, diverse soil profiles and strong personalities. And it helps that there are quite a few producers making interesting and exciting wines here. Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz all excel but in the right site there are plenty of other varieties that can do well.
The grape that you can plant anywhere, in any climate and do anything to and it will still taste like an OK wine. When people hit the sweet spot of site, climate, cropping and winemaking, Chardonnay becomes a magical wine that will age gracefully but charm you at any age. Chardonnays can range from cool climate lean and citrusy to warmer climate tropical and overt. Oak and lees can add flavouring as can malolactic fermentation.