Easter Long Weekend............... How we all love a good long weekend! Time with family and friends, time to relax and time to get away from it all. It doesn't get much better and this year, more than ever before!
We have you covered for something to do all weekend, with Oakdene wine tastings and exceptional bistro food all in one place!
Oakdene is closed on Good Friday, please take note of our opening hours over the rest of the weekend and make the time to drop in for a visit!
We look forward to seeing you!
CELLAR DOOR // The Cellar door is open from 10am to 4pm Easter Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Book yourself in for our seated tasting experience, with new release wines and a special museum release to try along with all of your favourites.
MR GRUBB BISTRO // Open for lunch from 12 noon and for dinner 5:30pm Easter Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
Please note that a 20% surcharge applies on Public Holidays.
Bookings are essential. To book visit our website www.mrgrubbatoakdene.com.au or call 03 5255 1255.
Time to settle in with our Oakdene wine packs .....
The cooler weather is coming and the vineyard is showing off all the beautiful autumn colours we associate with the end of harvest and the start of a new year.
It's hard to believe that just a year ago, our world was being turned upside down!
One thing that hasn't changed, is how easy it is to buy your favourite Oakdene wines online and delivered straight to your door. There are some incredible new vintages in these packs that you may not have tried, so take the guesswork out of your order and let us make a selection for you.
As always, Oakdene Wine Club members get 10% off and free delivery in Victoria on purchases of 6 bottles or more.
Only available to Oakdene Wine Club members. Members must log in to the Oakdene website for offer to apply.
Not a Wine Club member (ITS FREE!)? Join now!
Single Vineyard White Wine 6 pack
2 x 2018 Single Vineyard Jessica Sauvignon
2 x 2019 Single Vineyard Ly Ly Pinot Gris
2 x 2019 Single Vineyard Liz's Chardonnay
Wine Club Member $163.80 - RRP $182
Single Vineyard Red Wine 6 Pack
2 x 2018 Single Vineyard Peta's Pinot Noir
2 x 2017 Single Vineyard William Shiraz
2 x 2018 Single Vineyard Bernard's Cabernets
Wine Club Member $208.80 - RRP $232
Oakdene White Wine Taster
2 x 2019 Bellarine Peninsula Sauvignon Blanc
2 x 2018 Single Vineyard Jessica Sauvignon
2 x 2019 Bellarine Peninsula Pinot Grigio
2 x 2019 Single Vineyard Ly Ly Pinot Gris
2 x 2020 Bellarine Peninsula Chardonnay
2 x 2018 Single Vineyard Liz's Chardonnay
With discount $289.80 - RRP $322
Oakdene Red Wine Taster
3 x 2019 Bellarine Peninsula Pinot Noir
2 x 2018 Single Vineyard Peta's Pinot Noi
3 x 2018 Bellarine Peninsula Vineyard Shiraz
2 x 2017 Single Vineyard William Shiraz
2 x 2018 Single Vineyard Bernard's Cabernet
Wine Club Member $ 338.40 - RRP $376
And it's almost Valentines Day too!
It's almost harvest time for our next sparkling base, and the vineyards are looking magnificent! So even though summer may be drawing to a close, that doesn't mean it is time to put away the bubbles just yet!
We have recently released new vintages of both of our traditional methode sparkling wines, and with Valentines Day just around the corner, they are just perfect for sharing.
All of our Sparkling Wines are made in a dry style, using the traditional varieties of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and include our fruit driven Non-Vintage house style. Our limited production Vintage wines are made using the traditional method with extended lees aging resulting in complex wines.
You can order online at any time, or visit the Oakdene Cellar Door, open 7 days from 10am - 4pm.
Oakdene Sparkling 6 Pack
This 6 Pack contains:
2 x Oakdene NV Sparkling Pinot Noir Chardonnay
2 x 2016 Oakdene Yvette Sparkling Pinot Noir Chardonnay
2 x 2017 Oakdene Kristen Sparkling Blanc de Blancs
Members price $167.40 - RRP $186
2019 Oakdene Bellarine Peninsula Chardonnay, makes it in to the Halliday Top 100!
The 2020 edition of Halliday’s Top 100 has landed, and our 2019 Oakdene Bellarine Peninsula Chardonnay has been selected as one of the best by category in the Best Whites under $25! This Chardonnay is rated 94 points and is one of only 5 Chardonnays featured in the category!
Each year James invites the top-rated wineries listed in the Wine Companion to submit six of their best wines for review. This year 1055 wines from 325 wineries were submitted, so to make the list for the second year in a row (2018 Bellarine Shiraz made it in last year), was a fantastic boost for our team!
This wine is still available for order and at the cellar door, but if it is one of your favourites too, don't wait to order because it will be a sell out!
2019 Oakdene Bellarine Peninsula Chardonnay
94 points, James Halliday -"Fermented and matured for 10 months in new and used French barriques. Gleaming straw-green hue. The quality of the fruit is obvvious; the wine already in the saddle; the gait smooth and supple; white stone fruit, citrussy acidity and creamy cashew in harmony"
Oakdene Wine Tastings are back!
We have been really looking forward to offering wine tastings at the Oakdene cellar door, so from this Saturday 7 November, we will be pouring once again!
We are offering a fully seated tasting experience for $10 per person, with your choice of 6 Oakdene wines, from our entire range, and you can take your time with a 45 minute seating.
Places are limited due to room capacity, so BOOKINGS ARE PREFERRED. We have set up a booking system to make sure you don't miss out. Click here to visit our event page and to have a read of the finer details.
Thank you for supporting us and we look forward to seeing you at the Oakdene Cellar Door!
See you soon!
The Team at Oakdene
If we ever needed a sign that things are changing, bud burst is it! This is just about our favourite time of year, with the new growth, right across the vineyard signalling the next phase of a new vintage. It also seems pretty symbolic as we move into the next phase of having a few visitors back!
We are really looking forward to welcoming visitors from Regional Victoria to Oakdene once again. Here are a few details:
Cellar Door: Our Cellar Door is open for take away wine sales only, no tastings as yet. You can still visit, learn about our wines and take home your favourites with a 10% discount on all purchases of 6 bottles or more.
Open 12pm - 4pm Monday to Friday, 11am - 4pm Saturday & Sunday
Mr Grubb @ Oakdene: From today, Friday 18 September, Mr Grubb will open 7 days per week for lunch and dinner over multiple sittings, bookings are essential as seating is limited. Contact the team directly for further information firstname.lastname@example.org, book online or call on 03 5255 1255
Marty @ Oakdene: The restaurant remains closed.
For our friends in Metro Melbourne, we can't wait to see you when you can come down the highway again, but in the meantime we are still delivering wine straight to your door so all of your favourites are still at hand.
See you soon!
The team at Oakdene
*We always have our customer and staff safety at the front of our minds! We are following all government recommendations to help stop the spread via table placing, sanitiser stations and regular cleaning. We please ask that any customers who are feeling unwell, or showing any symptoms of illness, to stay at home.
We still have a number of ways you can place a wine order:
ONLINE – Just click here and we will take you straight to the website (or select any of the items below).
VIA EMAIL – Click here for our email template and let us know which wines you want. Someone from the team will call you for credit card payment over the phone.
PHONE – Call our cellar door on 03 5256 3886 (extension 1) and we will take the order for you. Please leave a message if no one answers and we will get back to you ASAP.
Spring has sprung at last........
Finally, the new season is upon us and winter is over! Warmer, longer days are coming, and with them, the promise of a beautiful evening, and the hope that we will soon be sharing those nights with family and friends.
We have put together a list of Spring favourites from our great value Bellarine Peninsula collection, including our fresh fruit-driven Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio and a beautifully balanced dry Rose, that are all perfect for enjoying in the warmer weather.
These wines are available now, along with all of your favourites, online and in the Cellar Door. The Cellar Door is currently open from 12pm - 4pm daily for take away sales and order collection, meaning you also still have time to come and get something for Fathers Day!
2019 Oakdene Bellarine Peninsula Sauvignon Blanc
Ned Goodwin, 2021 Halliday Wine Companion, 92 points 'Sauvignon is always a cut above at this address. Texturally broader than most, without being fat. Conversely, there is nothing green, raspy or screechy about the texture either. Just an easy glide of greengage, grapefruit, herb and a lick of spearmint.'
2019 Oakdene Bellarine Peninsula Pinot Grigio
Ned Goodwin, 2021 Halliday Wine Companion, 91 points 'Straight-up quality grigio and no, this is not an oxymoron. Tarte tatin, nashi pear and cinnamon glaze spurt across a juicy plume of a finish. Eminently satisfying.'
2019 Oakdene Bellarine Peninsula Rose
Ned Goodwin, 2021 Halliday Wine Companion, 92 points - 'A melody of cab, shiraz, merlot and franc making for an intensely flavoured rose. In an age when so many seem to be striving for pallid expressions bound by a herbal twine, this has flavour. Lots of it: red currant, musk, tangerine and orange rind. The acidity is saline and fresh, towing it all long.'
2021 HALLIDAY WINE COMPANION
Every year we get excited about the release of Halliday's Wine Companion, and even though this year is a little bit different, the results are still great to see.
This year Oakdene has 13 wines rated 91 points or above and has retained a 5 red star rating for the seventh year running, keeping Oakdene in the top echelon of Australian producers.
We have put together our list of Halliday silver and gold rated wines (91pts - 96 pts), some yet to be released (watch this space), so you can make a selection of our best, and have them delivered to your door with a 10% discount and free shipping Australia wide on 6 bottles or more. We have also noted the wines Halliday has declared 'Special Value' wines considered to offer special value for money, indicated by red diamond ♦
2021 Halliday Wine Companion Scores
2019 Bellarine Peninsula Sauvignon Blanc ♦ 92 points
Sauvignon is always a cut above at this address. Texturally broader than most, without being fat. Conversely, there is nothing green, raspy or screechy about the texture either. Just an easy glide of greengage, grapefruit, herb and a lick of spearmint. (Ned Goodwin)
2019 Oakdene Single Vineyard Jessica Sauvignon (not yet released) 93 points
Drinking more like a Graves than a Sancerre. The barrel work, the dice of differentiation. Pink grapefruit and candied tangerine zest reel across a broad palate, flecked with curd, lanolin and pungent mineral notes. Richness and a tensile freshness all in one. (Ned Goodwin)
2019 Bellarine Peninsula Pinot Grigio 91 points
Straight-up quality grigio and no, this is not an oxymoron. Tarte tatin, nashi pear and cinnamon glaze spurt across a juicy plume of a finish. Eminently satisfying. (Ned Goodwin)
2019 Oakdene Single Vineyard Ly Ly Pinot Gris ♦ (not yet released) 94 points
This mid-weighted gris has been treated with as much love and care as any in the land. Oak, nicely worked into the fray, imparts textural detail, while conferring a structural authority to riffs of bitter almond, marzipan, baking spice and ripe apple. Long, pointed and intense of flavour. (Ned Goodwin)
2018 Bellarine Peninsula Chardonnay ♦ (sold out) 93 points
This mid-weighted chardonnay was fermented and matured in French oak (10% new; 10 months), serving as a pillar of guidance to the billowing flavours: nashi pear, nectarine and a core of lees-derived nougatine to toasted nut riffs. Real intensity of fruit here manifest as a sappy feel of glycerine and extract in the mouth. Delicious and fine value. (Ned Goodwin)
2018 Oakdene Single Vineyard Liz’s Chardonnay ♦ 96 points
Stunning chardonnay! Unabashedly rich, but tensile, energetic and incredibly long. The stone fruit references and notes of dried mango are almost sublimated by a saline maritime freshness, beautifully appointed oak and Meursault-like suggestions of toasted hazelnut and curd. Oakdene's tattoo of intensity of flavour melded by quality fruit, a fine site and a deft winemaking hand. (Ned Goodwin)
2019 Oakdene Bellarine Peninsula Late Harvest Riesling ♦ 95 points
A stellar wine, packing extract and an uncanny intensity of flavour into an ethereal, feather-weight package. Sublime! Nashi pear, talc and Granny Smith apple, with merely a semblance of sweetness sublimated by a whiplash of acidity. And yet 135g/l of sugar. Very fine. (Ned Goodwin)
2019 Bellarine Peninsula Rose ♦ 92 points
A melody of cab, shiraz, merlot and franc making for an intensely flavoured rose. In an age when so many seem to be striving for pallid expressions bound by a herbal twine, this has flavour. Lots of it: red currant, musk, tangerine and orange rind. The acidity is saline and fresh, towing it all long. (Ned Goodwin)
2018 Bellarine Peninsula Pinot Noir ♦ (sold out) 92 points
The estate line is impressive. Ample wines with lip-smacking fruit and a generosity juxtaposed against maritime tension. This is no exception. MV6 fuelling Dijon 114 and 115 clones. Pulpy. Sappy. Crunchy strawberry to dark cherry notes. Lilac and a little bracken. Gentle seams of oak galvanising the melee. (Ned Goodwin)
2018 Oakdene Single Vineyard Peta’s Pinot Noir 94 points
An ambient ferment in open-top pots, smattered with 20% whole-bunch, before completion in French barriques (30% new). The result is a rich pinot with a spicy brood and pallid hue. Cherry cola, root spice and satsuma plum notes billow across a hinge of woodsy tannins, earthen scents and cardamon to turmeric-soused acidity. (Ned Goodwin)
2018 Bellarine Peninsula Shiraz ♦ Halliday Top 100, 95 points
Open-fermented in small pots, then matured in French oak for 11 months. A most attractive assemblage of bright, supple red and purple fruits, the oak hovering but not threatening the fruit, the tannins exemplary, the pinch of spice well selected. (James Halliday)
2018 Oakdene Single Vineyard William Shiraz (not yet released) 93 points
A lustrous crimson. Glossy and attractive. This is good. Very. High on personality and a welcome respite from the wave of overtly reductive shiraz that mars the contemporary wine-scape. A seasoning of 15% whole-bunch in the mix. Maturation in French oak (30% new) for 16 months. Ferrous of texture. Saline, too. Violet, tapenade, iodine and salumi notes shimmy long across a rail of peppery acidity. A little more grape tannin would service more savouriness. (Ned Goodwin)
2018 Oakdene Single Vineyard Bernard’s Cabernets (not yet released) 91 points
A Right Bank Bordeaux-inspired blend of merlot (63%), cabernet franc (23%) and the rest, cabernet Fermented under the aegis of natural yeast before a maturation period of 16 months in French wood (30% new). A mid-ruby segueing to aromas of blood plum, lilac florals, red currant, rose water and cedar oak. Mid-weighted. Easy-going. Almost too easy. A bit more grape tannin would be welcome, but a poised and effortless drink nevertheless. (Ned Goodwin)
Someone decided we should have a day for Shiraz, and we think its a great idea!
By volume, Shiraz is THE most popular red grape variety in Australia and there has never been a national day deditcated to this really delicious variety, until now!
The good people from consultancy firm Mastermind, thought that Australia should have it's very own day dedicated to the variety, being the third Thursday in July every year. And so, the day was born and this inaugural tribute is tomorrow!
This year, our very own regional celebration of Shiraz was unable to go ahead (though in reality we celebrate Shiraz everyday) and we still think Geelong creates some of the best Shiraz around, so we decided to put together 2 packs, which include both of our highly rated, 95 point Oakdene Shiraz. These packs are 10% off with FREE shipping Australia wide*
2017 Oakdene Single Vineyard William Shiraz
Gold Medal and Trophy for Best Shiraz Geelong Wine Show 2019
95 Pinots, James Halliday, Wine Companion 2020 - "Hand-picked, wild yeast fermented in small open vats with 15% whole bunches, matured in French barriques (30% new) for 16 months. Oakdene has decided to go for it in this spectacular vintage, and has got off to a flying start with this sumptuous wine. Picked at a modest baume level, it has the power more commonly found in the Barossa or Eden Valley at 14.5% - 15% alcohol. This also has fine-grained tannins in best cool climate style."
2018 Bellarine Penisula Shiraz
95 Points, James Halliday Top 100 2020 - "Open-fermented in small pots, then matured in French oak for 11 months. A most attractive assemblage of bright, supple red and purple fruits, the oak hovering but not threatening the fruit, the tannins exemplary, the pinch of spice well selected".
Oakdene Shiraz 12 Pack
6 x bottles 2018 Oakdene Bellarine Peninsula Shiraz
6 x bottles 2017 Oakdene Single Vineyard William Shiraz
Oakdene Shiraz 6 Pack
3 x bottles 2018 Oakdene Bellarine Peninsula Shiraz
3 x bottles 2017 Oakdene Single Vineyard William Shiraz
2018 Jessica Sauvignon ranked #1 at The Real Review
With the current restrictions on travel and events in place, the major wine shows in Australia will not take place this year, leaving small producers such as us with less opportunities to have our current release wines independently assessed and reviewed.
Luckily, the hard working Australian wine media are still tasting thousands of wines each year, with only the best appearing in print.
We recently received these fantastic reviews from the team at The Real Review, for our great value Bellarine Peninsula Shiraz and our 2018 Jessica Sauvignon.
Both wines are available now, online and in the Cellar Door. The Cellar Door is currently open from 12pm - 4pm daily for take away sales and order collection.
2018 Oakdene Single Vineyard Jessica Sauvignon
#1 of 20, Top Ranked Victorian 2018 Sauvignon Blancs
Huon Hooke, 93 points
Light, bright yellow colour. The aromas are very fresh and fragrant: feijoa, passionfruit varietal notes intertwined with subtle cashew-nutty oak nuances and the faintest sweaty note. The palate is delicate, finely-textured and dry, the finish clean and harmonious, lingering and refreshing, with cleansing acid in balance, finished off by a subtle trace of tannin grip. The aftertaste is tangy and mouthwatering. A very smart sauvignon blanc. (100% barrel fermented and aged for 8 months in French oak barriques, 15% new)
Ralph Kyte-Powell, 93 points, Cellar Talk
'The evolution of barrel-fermented and oak-aged sauvignon blanc, both in Australia and New Zealand, has been a tale of the good, the bad, and the ugly. Thankfully those two latter types have been disappearing as expertise with the style evolves in favour of gentler, less wood-driven wines. At their best, such wines have given us a different slant on Downunder sauvignon blanc.
Instead of fruit bombs, these sauvignons are wines of complex interest, savouriness, and textural dimension. Oakdene’s Jessica is a good example, elegant and rather understated.
Yellow-straw in colour, its inviting aroma harmoniously weaves ripe fig and tropical fruit through chalky and gently nutty threads. The palate shows real finesse, with excellent integration of fruit and subtle barrel influence, appetising freshness and a light firmness at the end.'
2018 Bellarine Penisula Shiraz
#14 of 37, 2018 Shiraz from Port Phillip
Huon Hooke, 92 points
'Medium to deep red/purple colour, with a complex spicy, vegetal and floral aroma, very aromatic and lifted - possibly whole-bunchy. The palate is rich and sweet-fruited, succulent and fruity but not simple in the slightest. The flavour is exotic and delicious. How can a wine this tasty be this cheap?!'