About the wine maker
Oakridge winery is arguably the brightest star within the Australian wine industry and its wines are exemplary. Not only has James Halliday awarded 16 of their wines over 90 points in 2013, but six of their wines received 90+ Parker points in 2012. In 2011 they also won Winery of The Year in Australia in ‘The Age & Sydney Morning Herald’. In November 2014, Philip Rich writing in his monthly wine column for the Australian Financial Review magazine stated, ‘David Bicknell is arguably Australia’s greatest Chardonnay producer, releasing numerous superb single-vineyard wines under Oakridge’s Local Vineyard series and flagship 864 range.’ He named the 864 Chardonnay 2012 as one of his top 20 wines of the year.
Dave Bicknell describes his wines as being, ‘low-fi, whole bunch, press to barrel and ferment’: he believes in minimal intervention and simply lets the vineyards do the talking. The elegance, complexity, balance and varietal expression within the wines belie Dave’s modesty and point towards the skill of the winemaker.
Oakridge Estate is situated in the Upper Yarra Valley, arguably Australia’s oldest grape growing region and one of the coolest. The Yarra Valley is close to the mountains of the Great Dividing Range and is actually colder than Bordeaux.
Grapes for Oakridge are hand-sourced from a number of cool-climate parishes and shires with such wonderful names such as Gruyere and Seville and it is no coincidence that most of these beautifully balanced wines are lower in alcohol and have a fresher acidity, therefore being a perfect match with many foods.