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Oakdene

www.oakdene.com.au

255 Grubb Rd, Wallington, 3221

Cellar Door: Sun-Tues (10-4), Wed-sat (10-late)

Ph: (03) 5256 3886

Oakdene cellar
Oakdene's rather striking cellar door, perhaps an architectural statement on the strength of the local Surf Coast winds (photo courtesy: Oakdene))

The vineyard is part of a large farm and multi-function tourist complex purchased in 2001 by Bernard and Elizabeth Hooley.

It is located on 230 acres of lush coastal farmland. Oakdene features a vineyard consisting of Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. There is also an olive grove producing the Oakdene Extra Virgin Olive Oil and a working cattle farm.

The facility is set in a restored 1920s building and has a restaurant, functions rooms, flower garden and luxury accommodation.

Most of the wines are made by Lethbridge's Ray Nadeson apart from the Sauvignon Blanc that is made by Robin Brocket at Scotchman's Hill.

Oakdene Stall
Oakdene Stall at Geelong Toast of the Coast Wine Show at Deakin Uni. (photo genxywines)
Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

Oakdene William Shiraz 2014

Purchased: Not ($43)

Drink: 2028

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2016, partial whole bunch inclusion, perfumed red cherry and dark plum with violet florals, white pepper and herbal game complexity, long, glossy and medium-full bodied with slaty minerality and powdery savoury tannins, †spicy and lightly charry French oak is well integrated (*****)

Oakdene Petaís Pinot Noir 2014

Purchased: Not ($42)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2016, multi-clonal with 15% whole bunch, fleshy and bight red cherries and plum with herbal/whole bunch complexity and iris florals, earthy with good length and firm citric acids, expressive toasty cinnamon/clove oak (30% new) (***1/2)

Oakdene William Single Vineyard Shiraz 2013

Purchased:† Not ($35)

Drink: 2027+

(GXY) Tasting: June 2015, Gold Medal at National Wine Show 2014, PT23 and Bestís Great Western clones, 15% whole bunch inclusion, highly aromatic with black cherry, red cherry and dark plum with herbal game, violet florals and peppery spice complexity, viscous and medium-full bodied palate with slaty minerality, slippery but grainy savoury tannins and good acid balance† (*****)

Oakdene William Shiraz 2012

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2026+

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2014, Gold Medal and Geelong Wine Show 2013 and Sydney Royal Wine Show 2014, 15% whole bunch inclusion, quite aromatic showing cherry, blueberry and blackberry with white pepper, herbal meat and anise notes, savoury and glycerolly medium bodied palate, harmonious oak/acid/tannin balance, very good persistence (*****)

Oakdene Jessica Sauvignon 2013

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2014, barrel fermented (15% new oak), creamy lemon sherbet, lychee, cut grass and passionfruit with flint, white flower and vanilla nuances, chalky minerality with bright lemony acidity (****)

Oakdene Lizís Chardonnay 2012

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2019

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2014, previously known as ĎElizabethí and made in the same style, spontaneous malo, leesy and slightly buttery lemon sherbet, lime, honey dew melon and peach with struck match notes, toasty and spicy hazelnut/cinnamon oak, nicely wrapped in grapefruit acidity and dusty phenolics that provides the drive for this rich style (****)

Oakdene Bernardís Cabernet 2012

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2014, Right Bank Bordeaux-style blend of 43% Merlot with the rest equally apportioned to Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, slightly pale ruby colour, leafy and light-medium bodied redcurrant and cassis with mint, tobacco and violet, powdery texture with moderate cedar/vanilla oak (***1/2)

Oakdene Pinot Grigio 2012

Purchased: Not ($23)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2013, hint of bronze colouration, despite being early picked it is more of a Gris than Grigio , crisp pear skin, passionfruit and honeysuckle with mid-palate leesy creaminess and a dusting of brown spices, fine savoury phenolics with succulent tangerine-edged acidity (****)

Oakdene Bernardís Cabernets 2011

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2013, blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot, glossy blackcurrant pastille and redcurrant with leafy menthol, white pepper and tobacco aspects, flavoursome and medium bodied although not particularly deep set, fine tannins with some charry cedar oak, respectable effort from a challenging vintage (****)

Oakdene Jessica Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2013, substantial barrel ferment, textured and leesy limes, guava and cut grass with a creamy mid-palate and some garden herbs, tingly orange nuanced acidity acids and with a light presence of vanilla oak on the flinty finish (****)

Oakdene Petaís Pinot Noir 2012

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2013, MV6, 114, 115 clones, 15% whole bunch inclusion, supple red cherry and redcurrant entry that opens to spicy meat, mint and iris notes, medium bodied with some earthiness , good length with firm tannins and crunchy orange peel/stemmy acid grip, the toasty cinnamon-clove-mocha oak seems a bit overt at the moment (***1/2)

Oakdene Elizabeth Chardonnay 2011

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2013, 100% barrel ferment and substantial malo, perfumed and intense glazed lemon, nectarine and honey dew melon with matchstick notes, creamy and leesy, fairly overt spicy hazelnut/cedar from the 40% new French oak, crunchy grapefruit acidity provides some cut and drive (***1/2)

Oakdene William Shiraz 2010

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2021+

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2012, PT23 clone and the historic Bestís (a 19th century clone from the famous Grampians vineyard), spicy and aromatic blueberry and blackberry with savoury meat, white pepper and liquorice notes, glycerolly medium bodied palate, the 10% whole bunch inclusion brings some stemmy complexity, dusty tannins, toasty cinnamon/mocha/cedar oak (****1/2)

Oakdene Petaís Pinot Noir 2010

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2012, 15% whole bunch inclusion, firmish sour glazed cherry and redcurrant with rose petal, smoked meat, mint and white pepper notes, medium-full bodied with an earthy base, good length with firm tannins and some orange peel/stemmy acid grip, the spicy oak is balanced (****)

Oakdene Elizabeth Chardonnay 2010

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2012, 100% barrel ferment and substantial malo, fairly intense glazed lemon, white peach and melon, creamy and leesy with a stylised crystalline chassis, plenty of spicy hazelnut/cedar from the 40% new French oak, fresh chalky grapefruit acidity (***1/2)

Oakdene William Shiraz 2009

Purchased: Not ($32)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2011, perfumed and silky blueberry and blackberry with savoury meat, white pepper and violet notes, glycerolly medium bodied palate with some stemmy complexity and acids from the 10% whole bunch input, dusty tannins, finishes with warm oak spices from the French oak barriques (****)

Oakdene Petas Pinot Noir 2009

Purchased: Not ($32)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2011, firmish and plump redcurrant and black cherry with violet and earthy mushroom notes, dusty medium-full bodied palate with a substantial whole bunch inclusion bringing some stalky acidity, balanced mocha/cedar/cinnamon oak (***1/2)

Oakdene Pinot Grigio 2011

Purchased: Not ($21)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2011, crisp pear skin, lemon and honeysuckle with mid-palate leesy creaminess and savoury phenolics, racy grapefruit acidity but not too bracing (***)

Oakdene Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir NV

Purchased: Not ($21)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2011, 80% Chardonay, 20% Pinot Noir, broad and very creamy with a fuller mousse, nectarine, pear and a hint of strawberry with ample yeasty bread notes, crisp lemony acids and a touch of sea spray on the finish (***)

Oakdene Jessica Sauvignon Blanc 2010

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2011, heavy barrel ferment and leesy style, seamless, delicate and textured guava and cut grass with tangy citric acids and a whisper of vanilla oak (***1/2)

Oakdene Shiraz 2008

Purchased: Stall at Federation Square Regional Showcase ($30)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: April 2010, Gold Medal at Geelong Wine Show 2009, reminds me of some of the outstanding 2008 Shiraz releases from the Yarra Valley on the other side of Port Philip Bay, from PT23 and the historic Bestís (a 19th century clone from the famous Grampians vineyard), vibrant and briary black cherry and dark plum with black olive, anise, flat cola and smoked meat aspects, the savoury and medium bodied≠palate builds intensity and focus along the palate, 20% new French oak brings creamy mocha-coffee notes, lingering web of chewy tannins, attractive balance and length, antithesis of the drought-stressed forward Shirazes so common from SE Australia in the 2007-9 vintages, terrific now and hopefully will improve as the young vines age (****1/2)

Oakdene Pinot Noir 2008

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: April 2010, Silver Medal at Geelong Wine Show 2009, from MV6, 114 and 115 clones, light-medium bodied, earthy showing sour cherry and spicy plum with smoked meat, briar and mushroom notes, focussed line, very fine tannins, the 30% new French oak is well judged and integrated and brings some mocha, spice and clove nuances to the finish (****)

Oakdene Elizabeth Chardonnay 2008

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: April 2010, Silver Medal at Geelong Wine Show 2009, 100% malo with substantial barrel ferment inputs, green apple, honey dew melon and nectarine with some pineapple sweetness on the entry and cashew on the back end, rather creamy and full bodied, the tightly wound chalky lemon acids arenít enough vibrant enough to cut through the rich palate but the wine judges seem to have a different view (***1/2)

Oakdene Jessica Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: April 2010, creamy barrel fermented style, 15% new French oak, tropical fruit contrasts with the cut grass and spicy capsicum aspects but all happening in a restrained, textural context, well balanced citrus acids keep it fresh, a whisper of vanilla from the oak on the finish (***1/2)

Oakdene Jessica Sauvignon Blanc 2008

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: June 2009, six months barrel ferment in seasoned French oak, a bit delicate and grapey showing subdued passionfruit, guava, gooseberry and cut grass but there is plenty of minerally texture, broader leesy mid-palate with a herbally green bean/citrus finish (***1/2)

Oakdene Pinot Noir 2007

Purchased: Not ($32)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: June 2009, blend of MV6, 114 and 115 clones, 25% whole bunch inclusion, light-medium bodied red cherry and dark plum with spicy charred meat and roasted mushroom notes, some sappy acids but they are quite controlled and balanced, supple tannins, the clove/cedar/chocolate oaking is touch too overt for my preference (***1/2)

Oakdene Shiraz 2007

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: June 2009, from young vines but some are clones from the historic Bestís (Great Western) vineyard, creamy at first showing plum and redcurrant with lots of liquorice and flat cola notes, savoury with lots of minerally texture for such young vines, firm and powdery tannins with charry oak, the fruit intensity is a little uneven but will worth tracking as the vines mature (***1/2)

Oakdene Yvette Sparkling Brut 2006

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: June 2009, 50% Pinot Noir, 50% chardonnay, dry, traditional style aged on lees for two years, residual nectarine, strawberry and green apple flavours with toasted dough notes, balanced with firm citrus acidity and a dry finish (***1/2)

Oakdene Pinot Noir 2005

Purchased: Not ($24)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2006, clean varietal expression of red cherry, plum and strawberry, light-medium bodied with some pepper and forest floor complexity, chocolate-vanilla cedar oak, silky smooth tannins (***1/2)

Oakdene Shiraz 2005

Purchased: Not ($24)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2006, black cherry, plum and redcurrant with pepper and violet notes, spicy medium bodied palate, toasty mocha-vanilla oak, firm tannins (***1/2)

Oakdene Sauvignon Blanc 2006

Purchased: Not

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2006, vibrant tropical fruit with light gooseberry with a hint of light musc, dry finish (***)

Oakdene Chardonnay 2006

Purchased: Not

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2006, nose still seems a bit closed, fig, melon and peach aromas, buttery palate with light vanilla oak (***)