Victoria celebrates as Oakridge Winery wins Best Chardonnay in Australia at National Wine Challenge
Oakridge has announced that its 864 Chardonnay 2017 has been declared the winner of the prestigious Langton’s James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge, 2019.
After scooping up multiple regional awards at this year’s Yarra Valley Wine Show, taking the white category with three awards; Best Chardonnay, Best Single Vineyard White and Best White Wine in Show, the 864 Chardonnay was put forward for the national title. Tasted against over 400 other examples from throughout Australia, the Oakridge 864 Chardonnay was awarded the title. It was described by James Halliday as “an enduring Yarra Valley classic”.
This prestigious award further cements Oakridge as one of the nation’s best wineries. The win is also recognition of Oakridge’s Chief Winemaker, David Bicknell (pictured), who has been instrumental in lifting the reputation of Australian chardonnay by producing wines with restrained flavours, depth and texture.
Of the 864 Chardonnay 2017, David says, “I am extremely proud of this wine and believe that it’s one of our best yet. It all comes down to the quality of fruit grown on one of the Yarra Valley’s best sites”.
The ‘864’ label is given only to Oakridge’s most prized wines, made from individual vineyard blocks. The incredibly high-quality fruit from these blocks is seen to express the distinct character of the vineyard, but also reflect the season in which it was grown. The fruit in the 864 Chardonnay 2017 was micro selected from the Funder & Diamond drive block in the Yarra Valley.
The 864 Chardonnay 2017 release is available from Oakridge’s cellar door and website, as well as selected fine wine retailers.
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