2013 Oakridge Estate "Over the Shoulder" Chardonnay Yarra Valley SKU #1202817

Price: $13.99

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Professional Reviews

K&L Notes

Made by 20+ year veteran Yarra Valley winemaker David Bicknell. David is considered by many as one of the best Chardonnay producers in all of Australia. The Over The Shoulder label is basically estate fruit that didn't quite make the cut for the much more expensive single vinyard bottlings but still represents excellent quality and an exceptional value. A brighter, crisper style of Chardonnay with crunchy orchard fruit, ripe citrus, mineral and just a dash of subtle French oak. Ryan Woodhouse (K&L Aussie Wine Buyer)

Staff Reviews

  • Jim Boyce
    By: Jim Boyce
    6/28/2015
    K&L Staff Member
    This wine is an incredible value that should not be missed. Floral and citrusy with a vibrant, mineral driven palate. This drinks way beyond the entry level pricing. Another stellar Direct Import selection!
  • Danielle Freschet
    By: Danielle Freschet
    6/17/2015
    K&L Staff Member
    Must try. What a wonderfully balanced and expressive wine especially for the price. Very citrus-driven nose with incredible minerality and structure. I will be opening a bottle tonight!
    Top Value!
  • Shaun Green
    By: Shaun Green
    6/17/2015
    K&L Staff Member
    This is pretty serious Chard and at an amazing price. Great minerals and a lovely, slightly toasty, nutty lees character with great purity of fruit and lovely lines. This is serious, serious Chard--don't let the price fool you.
    Top Value! Drink from 2015 to 2020
  • Kyle Kurani
    By: Kyle Kurani
    6/17/2015
    K&L Staff Member
    Pretty incredible Chardonnay for the price. Very seriously made, and a very serious value. More in the style of white Burgundy, there is a beautiful lees character on the nose, with fresh orchard fruit and a hint of citrus. The palate is fresh and lively, fully of energy. Notes of white peaches and lime zest exude from the glass, complemented by a subtle hazelnut note to round out the bottom. Certainly did not guess that this would be at this price point when I was writing my notes--amazing.
  • Jim Chanteloup
    By: Jim Chanteloup
    6/4/2015
    K&L Staff Member
    Chief winemaker David Bicknell has worked 21 vintages in the Yarra Valley, and along with winemaker since 2010 Dominic Valentine, is making some of Australia's finest Chardonnay. The "Over The Shoulder" represents the entry tier in their portfolio and is crazy good for the money. The nose offers lime blossom, nectarine, a hint of poached pear, some subtle flinty character and a leesy note. On the palate the wine is racy, vibrant and has a stoney minerality. Fine acidity frames and coils the wine which comes in at a restrained 12.7 ABV. This is a stunning value for fans of a more sleek, Burgundy-inspired Chardonnay.

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