2013 Oakridge Estate "Over the Shoulder" Chardonnay Yarra Valley

SKU #1202817 94 points James Halliday

 *Special Value Selection* Pale, bright quartz-green; a great example of what the Yarra Valley can give to Chardonnay by getting the picking date right, allowing the winemaking to fill a QA role, simply protecting what the vineyard(s) has given - here a wine of great purity, energy, drive and length, citrus and stone fruit (in that order) driving the engine.  (2/2014)

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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)

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By: Jim Boyce | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/28/2015 | Send Email
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!

By: Danielle Freschet | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/17/2015 | Send Email
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!

By: Shaun Green | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/17/2015 | Send Email
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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

By: Kyle Kurani | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/17/2015 | Send Email
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.

By: Jim Chanteloup | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/4/2015 | Send Email
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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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.


- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world.


Specific Appellation:

Yarra Valley

Alcohol Content (%): 13.5