Named “Oakdale” after the original Audrey Wilkinson Vineyard name, “The Oakdale Chardonnay” is only produced from the most exceptional parcels of grapes, found in our 40 year old Oakdale Chardonnay block. These grapes were harvested during the second week in February from the Oakdale Chardonnay block. The grapes were pressed, cold settled and racked to French oak barriques for fermentation with 50% new oak and left to mature for 8 months. The wine was racked and lightly fined with skim milk, filtered and bottled.
95 Points | James Halliday Wine Companion
“45yo estate vines, fermented and matured in French oak (70% new). Early picking has introduced a zesty element to the white peach, grapefruit and Granny Smith apple fruit flavours that have made light work of the high percentage of new oak.”
The 2017 vintage will be regarded as a great Hunter Valley vintage, with ideal warm growing conditions leading up to vintage. After some spring and early summer rains, the vines were healthy and had plenty of foliage. Very dry and hot summer conditions with temperatures over 40 degrees meant the tannin and flavour profile of the fruit was allowed to fully mature. The 2017 white and red wines will be full of flavour and highly sought after.
Enjoy now or cellar 7-10 years.
Pale yellow with green hues.
Citrus and white peach fruits aromas with subtle savoury and flinty notes.
Flavours of green apple and white peach balanced with a crisp line of acidity and a textured mouth feel.