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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 with 50% new oak, with no secondary malolactic fermentation to retain fresh fruit flavours and left to mature for 8 months. The wine was racked and lightly fined with skim milk, filtered and bottled.
The 2015 vintage is regarded as a classic Hunter Valley vintage, with ideal warm growing conditions leading up to vintage followed by a burst of wet weather in late February. Good vineyard management and winemaking has resulted in some of the best wines we’ve made.
Enjoy now or cellar 7-10 years.
Pale yellow with green hues.
Citrus and red apple fruits with subtle flinty notes.
Green apple and white peach, with a crisp line of acidity and a textured mouth feel.