Oakridge 864 Chardonnay Yarra Valley 2018 Complex joyous


Oakridge 864 Chardonnay 2018 comes from the Henk’s vineyard in Woori Yallock offers you a great wine to cellar.

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Oakridge 864 Chardonnay 2018 comes from the Henk’s vineyard in Woori Yallock. The grapes for Oakridge 864 Chardonnay were harvested in perfect shape, and the wine has received high praise for the quality. Oakridge 864 Chardonnay is Flinty, floral, citrus and stone fruits with a hint of spicy and oak. In typical Oakridge style, the wines are fine, long, and subtle but complex. The Oakridge 864 Chardonnay is built to improve with time in the bottle. I would happily bury these wines in the back of the cellar and leave them for 10-15 years.
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Oakridge has been around since 1978. With David Bicknell in charge of winemaking since 2002, they’ve received numerous awards and accolades on the back of brilliant wines.

Oakridge 864 Chardonnay Yarra Valley 2018 Wine Review

Halliday Wine Companion 2021
97 points
A very small make. Hand-picked, chilled overnight, whole-bunch pressed to puncheons for wild ferment, aged on lees for 10 months before transfer to stainless steel and a further 6 months maturation. Joyously concentrated, but self-contained.

Yarra Valley 

A region that is just too big to generalise. The difference between Upper and Lower Yarra can be the ability to ripen some grapes or not. You’ll find many great wines in the Yarra, but it is best to know the producers.

Yarra Valley Wine Map


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.

Australian Wine

The invasion of “Sunshine in a bottle” put Australian wine on the map.  The fruity, easy-going, somewhat samey wines were endearing for a short time. Then the next big thing knocked them off their perch.

This forced producers to increase quality and emphasise the special terroirs of Australia. Of which, there are many. And many more yet to be discovered.

Australian Wine Map 2


Wine is the result you get from fermented grape juice. There is proof of wine production dating back 8000 years ago. Fashions, innovations and many other factors have influenced the way wine has evolved over the years.

The wine grape is impressive. It contains everything you need to make grape wine except for the yeast, which lives on the outside of the skins.

Human inputs can influence the final product, including the viticulture (growing) choices. And the winemaker can shape the wine to a point too.

The best wines of the world often refer to terroir. Terroir is a French term that refers to all the climatic, geological and topographical influences on a specific piece of land. And it is true that neighbouring vineyards, grown identically, can taste noticeably different.

White Wine

It is interesting to know that you can make white wine from almost any grape. The colour comes from the skins, and if there is no contact, there is no colour. White wines tend to be delicate, perfumed, higher in acid and lower in alcohol. It seems for this and many other reasons, it is hard to make an incredibly impressive white wine. But those that have mastered the art are indeed some of the best winemakers in the world.

It is a falsehood to think that white wine does not age as well as red wine. But it is correct that white wine, as a rule, doesn’t age for as long.

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Oakridge 864 Chardonnay 2018
Oakridge 864 Chardonnay 2018

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