2017 Oakridge "Henk Vineyard" Chardonnay Yarra Valley Victoria

SKU #1422454 97 points James Suckling

 A standout vineyard with what feels like a strong influence of terroir. If the aromas of flint, chalk, sandstone, dried white blossoms, white peppers, dried nutmeg, acacia and dried citrus peel don’t grab your attention, then nothing will. This does about everything right for a cool-climate chardonnay, marrying a strong center palate of textured citrus fruit and spicy complexity with an ethereally long line of acidity and pith. First commercially available vintage of this stunning site in the Yarra. Amazing now but better in 2025.  (6/2018)

96 points Bob Campbell

 Light yellow colour, reserved. The bouquet is led by a smoky sulfide and oak note, and the taste is bright and fresh, intense and fruit-driven, not overly complex, but delicious. The wine is superbly taut and focused, the flavour pure and refined and very long. There's a magical combination of delicacy and intensity.  (10/2018)

95 points James Halliday

 Hand-picked, whole-bunch pressed direct to French puncheons for wild fermentation and 10 months maturation on lees. The bouquet is complex, but picked by the scruff of its neck by zesty lime/grapefruit flavours, a faint touch of pleasing reduction (courtesy of Emile Peynaud) adding to the personality of the wine.  (8/2019)

K&L Notes

#11 on James Suckling's Top 100 Wines of Australia 2018.

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By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/15/2019 | Send Email
Oakridge is a producer that is synonymous with exceptional Chardonnay in Australia. Their single vineyard series is all about combing through the best of the best vineyards in the Yarra Valley to craft gorgeous, site-specific wines that compete with the best Chardonnay found anywhere. The 2017 Henk Vineyard Chardonnay shows beautiful aromatics right out of the gate. Incredibly floral with elements of jasmine, lemon blossoms, among softer notes of baking spices. Weighted and full on the palate, this wine is a tour de force Chardonnay with power, precision, and an electric acidity. The wine seems to build and build on the mid-palate towards a crackling finish that deftly expresses deep, resonating flavors along with mouthwatering drinkability. This is a stunning rendition that lives up to the hype and more.

By: Elsa Baez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/14/2019 | Send Email
The rich aromas are hints of spice, minerality with Meyer lemon undertones finishing bright and balanced richness on the long finish. It's got all the qualities of a delicious chardonnay that could stand alone or be paired with food.

By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/9/2019 | Send Email
This is a nuanced, balanced, bright Chardonnay. Meyer lemon, a touch of lees, and bright stonefruit highlight compelling aromas that lead to a textured but focused palate of red apple, white peach, and lemon rind to go along with a great minerality. This is an effortless white that will easily impress serious Chardonnay drinkers who look for balance and restraint and will find many fans with folks who buy Chablis at twice the price. Load up while it's around.

By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/9/2019 | Send Email
The Oakridge wines have been some of my favorite expressions of Yarra Valley Chardonnay for the last several years. Showing precise stone fruit flavors, white flowers and a succulent mineral tone, this is a gorgeous wine with beautiful unadorned purity.

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/8/2019 | Send Email
The nose of this wine is toasty, waves of elegant oak flow out of the glass followed by hints of white flower and some baking spices. On the palate the wine shows good acidity and is less blowsy than the nose might indicate, the same flavors persist with the toasty oak and baking spices with a bit of soil squeezing through. The finish is bright, long and shows the wines’ acidic core that really gives it the structure and length.

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Yarra Valley