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: Oakridge



864 Maroondah Highway, Coldstream 3770

Cellar Door: Daily (10-5)

Ph: (03) 9739 1920


Oakridge has been making wine in the Yarra since 1978. Since 2001 the company has been part of the group of wineries owned by Margaret River's Evans and Tate but financial difficulties returned in 2006. The finacial crisis seems to have abated recently.

The winemaking fortunately is in more stable hands with the experienced David Bicknell who previously worked many vintages at De Bortoli. The top tier wines are the '864' range which is only released in the best years, then there is the estate label, and finally the budget, Over The Shoulder range. Recently the premium Chardonnays are reaching extraordinary heights and winning trophies at the Royal Melbourne Wine Show.

The varieties used include: Chardonnay, Shiraz, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling, Pinot Grigio, Shiraz Viognier and Sauvignon Blanc.

Oakridge vines
Oakridge cellar door and restaurant (photo: genxywines)
Oakridge cellar door inside (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)

New reviews

Oakridge Local Vineyard Series Whitsend and Oakridge Vineyards Shiraz 2013

Purchased: Not ($38)

Drink: 2026

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2016, 70% from the Whitsend, 30% from Oakridge, mix of whole berry and whole bunch ferment, highly aromatic blueberry and black cherry with sage, charcuteries and white pepper notes, glossy, spicy and medium bodied with dusty tannins, very long with sappy, herbally acidity, cinnamon/clove from 14 months in French puncheons, polarising style but a well made example (*****)

Oakridge Local Vineyard Series Willowlake Chardonnay 2015

Purchased: Not ($38)

Drink: 2025

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2016,whole punch pressed, matured in 500 litre puncheons, reductive and minerally white nectarine and lemon grass with struck match. citrus blossom and flint notes, yeasty lees, good concentration and line, bright grapefruit acidity and restrained oak (****)

Oakridge Local Vineyard Series Willowlake Pinot Noir 2015

Purchased: Not ($38)

Drink: 2023

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2016, open vessel whole bunch ferment, †floral and herbally plum and red fruits with rose petal notes, medium bodied with firm tannin/acid balance and a dab of dark chocolate on the finish (***1/2)

Oakridge 864 Funder and Diamond Drive Block Chardonnay 2013

Purchased: Not ($75)

Drink: 2025

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2015, †similar to the imperious 2012 but perhaps a little more open at this stage, intense lemon zest, honey dew melon and white nectarine †with gunflint and mealy aspects, white floor florals and †hint of honey, glorious depth and length with savoury phenolic finish and firm grapefruit avid spine (*****)

Oakridge Local Vineyard Series Willow Lake Chardonnay 2013

Purchased: Not ($23)

Drink: †2023

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2015, whole bunch pressed, good perfume, lime, †lemon grass, lemon and white peach with flint notes, crunchy grapefruit acidity and restrained oak, has quite good freshness, length and phenolic/acid grip for the price point (****)

Oakridge 864 Funder and Diamond Vineyard Chardonnay 2012

Purchased: Not ($75)

Drink: 2024

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2014, Single Vineyard and Viticultural Excellence Trophies at the 2014 Royal Melbourne Wine Show, a glorious wine that would sit comfortably alongside top White Burgundy, lemon curd, nectarine, apples with complex gunflint, wet pebble, honeysuckle, white lowers and oatmeal, outstanding length, buillds in intensity and space down the palate, precise and harmonious with savoury phenolic finish and perfectly pitched grapefruit acidity, my pick of the strong field of 2012 Yarra Valley Chardonnays tried so far, none of the excess sulphur issues I had with the 2011 (*****)

Oakridge 864 Willowlake Block A6 Vineyard Chardonnay 2012

Purchased: Not ($75)

Drink: 2025

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2014, Gold Medal at Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2014, P58 clone, complex white peach, lemon sherbet and apples with flint, meal and wet pebble notes, like the Funder and Diamond it has outstanding length and precision, the crunchy grapefruit acidity is firmer but less harmoniously integrated at the moment than the Funder and Diamond, still an outstanding wine with a long cellar life (*****)

Oakridge J&J DíAlosio Chardonnay 2012

Purchased: Cellar Door ($36)

Drink: 2019

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2014, this is from the lower Yarra so is a touch more generous than super-premiums, long and expansive white peach, melon and lemon with flint and meal notes, succulent and linear with subtle toasty oak, racy grapefruit acidity and a refreshing mineral finish (****1/2)

Oakridge Local Vineyard Series Fumare 2012

Purchased: Not ($32)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2014, multi-vineyard blend of 71% Sauvignon Blanc, 19% Semillon and 10% Pinot Gris, barrel ferment in old 500 l puncheons, some citrus blossom florals, creamy, textured and flinty lemon grass, basil, passionfruit in a savoury minerally style, tight acid backbone (****1/2)

Oakridge Local Vineyard Series Guerin Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012

Purchased: Not ($36)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2014, from Gladysdale, silky black cherry, cranberry and redcurrant with rose petal florals, medium bodied with slaty minerality and savoury nuances, a touch of sarsparilla on the back half, dusty tannins with good acid cut (****)

Oakridge Botrytis Riesling 2012

Purchased: Not ($40)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2014, spicy and fairly complex lime marmalade and glazed sweet fruits such as pear and apricot, moderately viscous but on the lighter end of botrytis wines, well balanced acidity with refreshing minerality (****)

Oakridge Local Vineyard Series Murramong Arneis 2013

Purchased: Not ($26)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2014, floral and moderately viscous pear, lemon sherbet and apple with some almond meal complexity, fine savoury phenolics and crisp lemony acidity (****)

Oakridge LVS Whitsend and Oakridge Vineyard Shiraz 2010

Purchased: Not ($32)

Drink: 2022+

(GXY) Tasting:† Oct 2012, Champion Wine of Show at Yarra Valley Wine Show 2012, 100% whole bunch ferment, perfumed and tightly packed core of pristine blueberry and black cherry with violet, dried sage, musky spice and white pepper notes, medium bodied with fine, dusty tannins and sappy acidity, good texture and persistence (*****)

Oakridge 864 Funder and Diamond Vineyard Drive Chardonnay 2011

Purchased: Not ($70)

Drink: 2017+

(GXY) Tasting:† Oct 2012, Gold Medal at Yarra Valley Wine Show 2012 and selected in the James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge XI, P58 clone, whole bunch pressed, malo suppressed with sulphur, flinty, reductive and steely palate with struck match, lime and nectarine with some lemon grass notes, linear and focussed with vibrant acidity, despite the wineís impressive wine show record I am concerned that the high level of sulfides overtake the other admirable qualities of the wine, at the price this is strictly† for those who like cordite in their Chardonnay (****)

Oakridge Fume Blanc 2011

Purchased: Not ( $32)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2012, creamy Bordeaux-style barrel fermented blend of 67% Sauvignon Blanc, 23% Semillon and 10% Pinot Gris, 6 months on lees in seasoned French oak puncheons, fragrant, rounded , minerally and savoury accented showing nectarine, lemon and cut grass with basil, snow pea and lemon grass nuances, long and dry finish, the addition of the Pinot Gris has helped the aromatics, good step up in drive and complexity from the demure 2009, will develop in the medium term (****1/2)

Oakridge Lieu-dit Ducks lane Chardonnay 2010

Purchased: Not ($46)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2011, sourced from Seville i the upper reaches of the region, highly aromatic and rich barrel ferment/leesy style showing lemon sherbert, honey dew melon and nectarine with brioche and fig complexity, flinty grapefruit acidity with toasty hazelnut-vanilla oak and citrus skin phenolics (****1/2)

Oakridge Limited Release Fume 2009

Purchased: Not ($32)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: May 2010, Bordeaux-style barrel fermented blend of 80% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Semillon, 7 months on lees, fairly gentle, minerally and savoury showing melon and cut grass with basil, gun flint and lemon grass nuances, a touch too restrained for me but will develop in the bottle for another five years (***1/2)

Oakridge Over The Shoulder Cabernet Merlot 2006

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: May 2010, Bronze Medal at Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2007, blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon and 45% Merlot, perfumed and briary showing cassis and redcurrant with violet, black pepper and cinnamon notes, medium bodied with a fair whack of acid although the tannin are supple and very fine (***1/2)

Oakridge Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2008

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: June 2009, floral, lean, linear and lighter bodied style showing nectarine and white peach on top of racy grapefruit/ lemon acidity and the slaty backbone, some subtle creamy lees texture with a touch of matchstick (the sulphur that was used to prevent the secondary malo fermentation), good length and oak integration (****)

Oakridge Yarra Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: June 2009, attractively varietal Cabernet nose, blackcurrant and blueberry with violet and mint notes, plush mouth feel despite being medium bodied, persistent savoury tannins, plenty of smoky cedar/coffee oak runs through the palate (****)

Oakridge Yarra Valley Shiraz 2005

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: June 2009, Gold Medal at 2007 Yarra Valley Wine Show, there is a tiny 0.3% Viognier input, fragrant cool climate style showing black cherry, dark plum and redcurrant with aniseed, brown spice and white pepper notes, the Viognier brings a floral lift to the nose, silky and creamy mouth feel with the discrete oak bringing some vanilla and coffee notes, a polished performer that shows you donít have to drown Shiraz in Viognier to get some synergy (****)

Oakridge 864 Cabernet Merlot 2004

Purchased: Not ($60)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: June 2009, stylish blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon and 21% Merlot from vineyards located in Coldstream, medium bodied cassis and redcurrant with white pepper, cinnamon and violet notes, savoury with creamy and slightly charred vanilla oak, persistent fine grained tannins (****)

Oakridge Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2008

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: June 2009, Trophy at 2009 International Cool Climate Wine Show, rather ripe and meaty showing cherry and stewed plum, the fruit reflecting the difficult vintage is a bit confectionary and one dimensional despite the trademark earthy base and savoury finish (***)

Oakridge Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2006

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2007, Gold Medal at 2007 Yarra Valley Wine Show, elegant but more austere than the super-premium 'Bin 864', nectarine, melon and white peach, complex and lovely minerally palate with balanced new French oak, good length (****1/2)

Oakridge Bin 864 Chardonnay 2005

Purchased: Not ($50)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2007, from a single upper Yarra vineyard, intense white peach, melon and smoky bacon flavours lead to creamy lemon butter mid-palate with funky wild yeast and lees inputs, dry, minerally finish, toasty oak permeates the palate (****1/2)

Oakridge Yarra Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2003

Purchased: Prince Wine Store, St. Kilda ($18)

Drink: 2006

(GXY) Tasting: Jan 2007, clean and lively although due to its age the grassy aspect was fading but is still full if tangy passionfruit and gooseberry flavours on a well structured minerally base and fresh acid finish, just past it best now so drink up (***1/2)