Chardonnay with perfectly integrated oak for under $20

Australian cool-climate Chardonnay can be really great wine at a great price - but only when it has two key ingredients: super quality grapes and balance. The 'Over the Shoulder' Chardonnay from highly-acclaimed Yarra Valley producer Oakridge ticks both boxes, and more. 

 

 
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Yarra = Great Chardonnay Grapes

The grapes from this wine are sourced from around the Yarra Valley - a superb match between region and variety that means Chardonnay can really shine when grown here. 

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Balance

Oakridge has struck a perfect balance between expressive Chardonnay flavours, integration of oak flavours, grape ripeness, freshness and structure in the finished wine. 

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larger barrels = more subtle oak character

Larger barrels = more subtle oak character

larger barrels = more subtle oak character

Oakridge pioneered the use of larger oak barrels when fermenting and maturing Chardonnay. Larger barrels have less surface area of wood per litre of wine, meaning not too much 'oakyness'.

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Minimal intervention winemaking

The winemakers at Oakridge only intervene when the wine needs a nudge in the right direction. This means the true character of the region and variety can shine through. This approach is normally reserved for much pricier Chardonnay. 

"Pretty much spot on"

Review by Gary Walsh of The Wine Front:

"91 Points
Juicy, nectarine and almond, maybe a bit of grapefruit. Subtle chalky texture, good acidity, solid finish, with a tweak of lime rind in the aftertaste. Lovely thing to drink. Pretty much spot on."

Rated : 91 Points
Tasted : Aug 17
Alcohol : 13.2%
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2017 - 2020

 

Awarded 93 Points by the Halliday Wine Companion;

"It has a generous serve of ripe stone fruits (white peach and nectarine to the fore), balanced by oak and natural acidity."

 

Find out more

If you'd like to check out this wine, it can be found at a few online retailers for under $20. For example, Dan Murphys has it for delivery. Click below to learn more.

 Oakridge Over the Shoulder Chardonnay

Oakridge Over the Shoulder Chardonnay

 

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