2016 Oakridge Estate "Willowlake Vineyard" Chardonnay Yarra Valley SKU #1363630

Price: $19.99

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Professional Reviews

K&L Notes

95 points Wine Front: "Stunning Chardonnay off the Willowlake Vineyard at Gladysvale in the Yarra Valley. 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."

Staff Reviews

  • Gary Westby
    By: Gary Westby
    K&L Staff Member
    This super flinty, focussed, concentrated Chardonnay from Oakridge Estate smashes every stereotype of Australian wine. With excellent acidity, light body, but undeniably concentrated minerality, this is a perfect wine to pair with everything from oysters to grilled shrimp. The cool, refreshing style of this Willowlake Chardonnay is far from the fat wines of Barossa as Chablis is from Chateauneuf!
  • Stefanie Juelsgaard
    By: Stefanie Juelsgaard
    K&L Staff Member
    The Yarra Valley continues to shine with its cool climate wines and this Chardonnay is no exception. Coming from the Upper Yarra, in the coolest part of the valley, this single-vineyard Chardonnay displays great depth, with a broad palette and an incredibly long finish. The Willowlake vineyard is one of the oldest in the area, originally planted in 1981, and the great concentration of fruit is evident of how developed those vines have become. In Napa, vines of this age would have been grafted over 3-4 times by now. There is more acidity here than I expected when first tasting this wine, which I was so excited about, because I knew this wine would be a powerhouse for years to come. It's nearly impossible to find an under $20 Chardonnay of this caliber with these high critical reviews. Don't miss this one!
    Top Value!
  • Joe Manekin
    By: Joe Manekin
    K&L Staff Member
    This one is for hip-hop fans: if Burgundy keeps on making it and California keeps on taking it, then Australia is creating it. In other words, if Burgundy is the origin, and California the sales and marketing muscle, then Australia is the present and the future in terms of what's exciting right now in Chardonnay (for fans of BDP, I will not call anyone out as "faking it," at least not in this forum..) We were all stoked on this bright, focused Chardonnay from nearly 40 year old vines, the oldest in Yarra Valley. Expressive fruit and perfectly balanced acidity are the hallmarks of this bottling from Oakridge. Recommended!
  • Ryan Moses
    By: Ryan Moses
    K&L Staff Member
    Oakridge is one of K&L's most rewarding direct-import properties and their 2016 Willowlake Chardonnay speaks volumes to that fact. It is simply delicious Chardonnay that will leave most sub-$20 whites in envy. Plentiful stonefruit pairs with bright citrus, a great white stone minerality, a terrific texture, and good depth. It is a light-to-medium body Chardonnay that shows depth but retains a sense of elegance at the same time. Nearly impossible to resist (especially in screwcap), it should be stocked up for anybody looking for a go to white this summer, or the next 3-6 years to follow.


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