In this glorious modern age of Australian chardonnay Oakridge has certainly asserted themselves as a leading practitioner of the great white variety. Now rated among Australia's finest, the 864 Chardonnay sits atop their range, which is partnered by a standard release that's emerging as a consistent over achiever.
The 2008 Oakridge unloads a clean and bright perfume of winemaker derived cashew nuts, nougat and yeast aromas overlying punchy melon and white nectarine; it displays good balance and sophistication. Its charming palate is also brightly laden with Oakridge's typical vitality and character, pushing forth a carefully refined cool-climate fruit profile in the white nectarine/citrus spectrum, which evolves in a more savoury, nutty and waxy fashion towards a persisting climax tightened by well defined and powdery, grapefruit-like acids.
ü+ This is a top notch, well poised and classy expression of cool climate Australian chardonnay. It should nestle nicely into anyone's short term cellar, especially those fortunate enough to locate any for $20 a pop. Drink to 2015.