"Enlivening, modern Aussie Chardonnay at its finest." James Suckling
864 Willowlake Block A6 Chardonnay, Yarra Valley 2012
Founded in 1978, has had a longstanding reputation for quality. It has been blessed with a succession of talented winemakers but cursed by boardroom skirmishes and financial struggle. The winery, located at 864 Maroondah Highway at Coldstream in the Yarra Valley, is now under new ownership including shareholder and veteran Oakridge winemaker (of 10 vintages) Dave Bicknell. It is under his watch that Oakridge has excelled. The fruit is sourced from both company owned and independent grower vineyards. The wines are beautifully made and illustrate the idea that winemaker’s intuition and skill are completely intertwined with the idea of distinguished vineyard site. This is definitely a label to watch over forthcoming years.