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OAKDENE VINEYARDS 2016 JESSICA SAUVIGNON, 96 points
Awarded Best Sauvignon Blanc at the 2018 Halliday Wine Companion Awards
We are thrilled that our very own Oakdene 2016 Jessica Sauvignon has tonight taken out the top place in its category at the Halliday Australian Wine Companion Awards! The wine was named Best Sauvignon Blanc and awarded 96 points.
These awards coincide with the release of the latest edition (2018) of the influential manual, James Halliday’s’ definitive guide to Australian Wine.
First produced in 2008 from our 5 acre Sauvignon Blanc parcel planted in 2002. Jessica Sauvignon was considered a project wine with the aim of producing an alternate style to the fruit driven Sauvignon Blanc gaining a strong foothold in the market.
The 2016 Jessica Single Vineyard Sauvignon, benefited from a slightly warmer growing season than usual, the bouquet displays gooseberry, guava with citrus overtones and subtle barrel ferment characters. The palate is full and complex with restrained tropical fruits, vanilla and a mineral edge, leading to a creamy and rich mid palate, lively acidity and a long textural finish.
A small quantity is available as a celebratory pre-release via our Cellar Door or click here to purchase direct.
James Halliday’s Wine Companion has reviewed the current release of our Single Vineyard William Shiraz 2014. See below some great words form Campbell Mattinson giving it a fantastic 96 points. For the record, this is the fifth vintage in a row the wine has received 95 points or higher from James Halliday's Wine Companion. ($43.00 a bottle)
“In beautiful form. Meat and spice notes galore but with plush, ripe, generous fruit as a flood of seductive power. Tannin is smoky, filigreed, and deceptively firm. The longer you spend with this wine the more it impresses. It's stellar.”
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James Halliday Wine Companion 2016
The leading wine writers in the country have been very busy visiting every region to determine the best tasting experiences at cellar doors around Australia for Gourmet Traveller Wine. Last year Oakdene won the 'Star Cellar Door' for the Geelong area and this year we are proud to be the 'Best Additional Experience' for 2015 (restaurant, accommodation and orchid nursery).
Come and join us at our Upside Down House, cellar door, to see what everyone is raving about.
Wine Review by Mike Bennie (Wine Business Monthly - March 2015)
"A blush of colour! Chalky texture, loads of savouriness, wet pebble texture and a bold vein of granite-like minerality. Nashi pear juice comes to mind too. This is a great example of how some judicious winemaking decisions can make Pinot Gris a more complex, compelling wine with drinkability and interest hand-in-hand. So well done."
Wine Review by Brett Smith (The Geelong Advertiser - 19th March 2015)
"Tropical aromas exuding from the glass are sweet. Fresh, ripe melon and passionfruit flavours blend well with the subtle citrus, which helps add a light zing on the palate. Throw in subtle minerality and some herbal qualities and it has better than average complexity. A very clean and refreshing sauvignon that would appeal to those who like a little more sweetness. Easy to drink. A bronze medal winner at the 2014 Geelong Wine Show."
Wine Review by Brett Smith (The Geelong Advertiser - 5th March 2015)
"Pale straw in colour, with fresh fruit aromas of nashi pear, apple and citrus. The fruit flavours continue to drive this refreshing white across the palate, each well balanced and with a rich mouth feel. There's a nice minerality from start to finish and the acidity is spot on, while the finish is dry. Fine summer drinking from the Bellarine Peninsula."
Wine Review (Herald Sun - 24 February 205)
"Whether called pinot grigio or gris, most Australian-grown versions are tending to the fresher styling that strictly should be attached to the former tag. Here, it's early picked fruit with the faintest of pale English rose blush colour, a subtle rose fragrance lifts the nose before enticing the tongue with crisp and tangy white fruits."
Wine Review by Shaun Viljoen (The Geelong Advertiser - 19 January 2015)
"This Bellarine Peninsula blend is 58 per cent merlot, 30 per cent cab franc and 12 per cent cab sav. The result is a dark red with an aroma of ripe berries and lifted spice. The flavour features smooth dark fruits and black pepper with a long finish. A balanced drop with complexity and good body."
Best Wines of 2014 (Winestate Magazine - Annual 2015)
Oakdene William Geelong Shiraz 2012 *****
Shiraz 2013-2012 $35-$50
"A gorgeous youthful shiraz. Very lifted peppery aromas with attractive earthy and floral touches. The tight clean Rhone-like palate has very focused flavours. Needs more time in the cellar. $35"
Oakdene Peta's Single Vineyard Bellarine Peninsula Pinot Noir 2013 ****
Pinot Noir 2013 $30-$40
"Oaky herbal bouquet with sweet vanillin notes. Spicy varietal palate is both sweet and savoury with the oak well matched by fruit. $35"
Wine Review by Brett Smith (The Geelong Advertiser - 8 January 2015)
"A very pale straw colour, the bead is impressively fine and the aromas are of lemon and granny smith apple and it's refreshingly crisp followed by some light toasty notes. It continues through to the palate with sherbet qualities driven by the lemon citrus, along with a fine mousse mouth feel. The punchy acidity and sherbet make for a mouth puckering finish. Even though it's zesty and crisp, it does have an elegant texture."