2020 Halliday Wine Companion
Every year the release of Halliday's Wine Companion draws a lot of attention and excitement and the release of the 2020 edition is no exception.
This year Oakdene has 6 wines rated 94 points or above and retained a 5 red star rating for the sixth year running keeping Oakdene in the top echelon of Australian producers.
Here is a snapshot of our scores and reviews.
95 points, 2017 Oakdene Single Vineyard William Shiraz
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.
95 points, 2017 Oakdene Single Vineyard Bernard's Cabernets
71% merlot, 16% cabernet franc, 13% cabernet sauvignon. Fine and elegant, the varieties complement each other with redcurrant, plum, cedary spice and pencil shavings amongst the aromas you can pick up on the bouquet, and a suite of similar flavours on the palate. It's long and supple with enough grip to encourage cellaring.
94 points, 2018 Oakdene Single Vineyard Jessica Sauvignon
Hand-picked, crushed, pressed to French barriques (15% new) for cultured yeast fermentation and 8 months maturation. High quality estate fruit, matched by skilled winemaking. This is a wine of real quality and stamina, its citrussy acidity driving the long palate and aftertaste.
94 points, 2017 Oakdene Single Vineyard Liz's Chardonnay
Wild-fermented in new and used French barriques. Attractive and generous in an open-hearted fashion, with white and yellow peach fruit, citrussy acidity and cashew/oak. Good overall balance and length.
94 points, 2017 Bellarine Peninsula Pinot Noir
Estate-grown, fermented in small open fermenters, matured in new and used French oak for 11 months. A highly expressive bouquet reflects the vinification (some French oak in particular), and the underlying quality of the fruit. The palate is plump, rich and textured. There's lots on offer here, now or in 10 years time.
94 points, 2017 Oakdene Single Vineyard Peta's Pinot Noir
Wild-fermented with some whole bunches to build spicy notes on the bouquet and palate, matured for 12 months in new and used French barriques. The bouquet is fine, the palate needing time to settle down (which it will do).
94 points, 2018 Oakdene Late Harvest Riesling
Probably not quite what is expected of a late harvest style in 375ml packaging, that being more typical of a luscious dessert wine. The water-white colour is an indicator. Following that there's ripe and aromatic riesling character on the bouquet, and a palate which is certainly sweet, but light on it's feet with crisp acidity escorting it all the way. Drink now and enjoy I'd say.
91 points, 2018 Bellarine Peninsula Pinot Grigio
Shows some skins/lees type savoury characters on the bouquet, along with the usual ripe pear aromas of the variety and a hint of apple pie with cinnamon. Nicely textured palate, quite mouthfilling, and offering sweet fruit flavour and lively youthfulness. It has reasonable acidity but it's basically soft and forward in style, so drink now is the way to go.
91 points, 2018 Bellarine Peninsula Rose
Made from whole bunch pressed pinot noir. Lifted aromas of strawberry, fresh and inviting, and there's a 'vinosity' of aroma that can sometimes be missing with rose. Flavours are light but attractive, red berries leading the way with rose water and watermelon in addition. Finishes well with a pleasantly astringent twist.
91 points, 2017 Bellarine Peninsula Shiraz
Estate-grown, open-fermented, matured in French barriques for 11 months. Excellent hue and depth. Well made, with a crosscurrent of red and black cherries on one hand, some muted savoury/leafy notes on the other. The overall balance is good, as is the length.
89 points, 2018 Oakdene Bellarine Peninsula Sauvignon Blanc
Generous fruit, mostly in the riper spectrum for the variety, although there's a background of more herbal characters and some evidence of the post-ferment time on lees. The flavours are fresh and juicy, just lacking the intensity for a higher score but there'll be few complaints from the customers.
“No-frills winemaking throws all the focus onto the fragrant bouquet and highly expressive palate. Has thrived in the cool vintage, and created something special, tropical/lemongrass notes – unusual bedfellows that have clearly been well satisfied by their union..”
He has done it again! Chef Marty, from Marty at Oakdene has once again shared with us two mouth watering recipes and this time it is an Oakdene staff favourite, Pork Belly!
In case you are still trying to decide on what you should make for Christmas lunch, have a look at these two delicious options, crispy pork belly and papaya salad with sticky palm sugar syrup or slow cooked pork belly with sichuan pear, pickled daikon and king brown mushrooms. Yummmmmm!!!
We think that pork is perfectly matched with a dry, fruit driven wine like the Oakdene Ly Ly Pinot Gris or the Oakdene Bellarine Peninsula Pinot Grigio, both available at our cellar door.
Our very own revered Chef Marty, from Marty at Oakdene has shared with us two mouth watering recipes to make your Christmas Turkey a little bit fancy.
Complete with all the trimmings, slow cooked escalope with bacon and chestnuts or Malaysian style turkey breast with aromatic spices and saffron potatoes. Sounds delicious right?
Turkey is the perfect match for Oakdene Peta’s Pinot Noir and our Bellarine Pinot Noir. This lighter style of red wine pairs beautifully with it's subtle oak spices and would also be well enjoyed with roast chicken.
FATHER’S DAY RED WINE & CHOCOLATE PACK
Father’s Day is only around the corner and we have put together a special 'Oakdene RED Wine & Cuvee Chocolate Pack’ which sure to make Dads day.
Spoil him with our special pack which includes one bottle of Oakdene 2015 Bernard’s Cabernet, matched with Cuvee Chocolate, 70gm - Amphora (65% Cocoa) and one bottle of Oakdene 2016 Bellarine Peninsula Shiraz matched with Cuvee Chocolate, 70gm - Grand Cru (75% Cocoa), all packed in a gift box.
For only $80,this delicious treat is available from our Cellar Door and website right through until the big day,* don’t let Dad miss out!
*Please allow time for shipping if purchasing online
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.
This is a match made in heaven!! Cuvee Artisian Chocolate is coming to Oakdene cellar door to Match our wine with their chocolate!
Cuvee by Deniz Karaca is the newest love child of Australia's number one choclatier and pastry chef.
Cuvee Chocolate has been specially crafted to compliment wine. The day to visit and taste, at the Upside-Down house cellar door, is the 11th of February 11am-4pm, just in time to buy that special someone the perfect gift for Valentines day. You could match a sparkling with the Soleo, milk chocolate or a pinot noir with the medium dark Amphora, and for all you shiraz lovers, why not try the Gand Cru extra dark chocolate.
Come and see us, you know you want to!!!
Come and enjoy an amazing night at Tulip Bar and Restaurant, Geelong. Oakdene will be matching wines from their current and museum cellar with a stunning menu put together by Tulip. For all you foodies out there, this is one NOT to be missed.
Dinner at Tulip Restaurant
Thursday 9th June 2016
5 Waves & Matched Wine for $110pp
6:30pm for a 7pm Start
Call 5229 6953 to Book
Salad of Carrots, Shanklish & Saltbush
Cured Salmon, Buttermilk & Celery
2012 Matilda Blanc de Noirs
Poached Rockling, Parsnip, Lentils & Eel
2013 Liz’s Single Vineyard Chardonnay
2008 Liz’s Single Vineyard Chardonnay
Otway Pine Mushrooms, Jerusalem Artichoke & Chestnuts
Dry Aged Duck, Radicchio and Celeriac
2013 Peta’s Single Vineyard Pinot Noir
2008 Peta’s Single Vineyard Pinot Noir
Kangaroo, Shallots, Rye Cream, & Bitter Chocolate
Brussels Sprouts Parmesan and Swede
2009 William Single Vineyard Shiraz
Quince Rhubarb Rose & White Chocolate
2015 Late Harvest Riesling
**All dishes are designed to be shared and will be served in waves
***Please advise us of any allergies
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.”
Drink By 2030
James Halliday Wine Companion 2016
Oakdene's End of Summer Blues.
A Six Pack Special Offer
For Wine Club Members Only
Can you believe it? Summer is over, it's an end to the heat, the sun and alot of fun. At Oakdene we have come up with a six pack offer, End of Summer Blues, that may very well help you to get over it.
Have you tried any of our blue labels yet? We would love you to try three of them; the 2014 Oakdene Chardonnay, the 2014 Oakdene Pinot Noir and the 2014 Oakdene Shiraz. There will be two bottles of each in the pack. The blue labels are made ready to drink and would be perfect for a dinner party or just to have on the rack ready to share with friends or enhance warm autumn flavours and tasty cheese boards.
The six bottles of wine would normally cost $144.00 but as a Wine Club Member you already enjoy 10% off all of your orders, that would bring the price down to $129.60. We would like to offer all our loyal Wine Club Members an extra 10% off, bringing this pack down to $116.64.That's almost a 20% saving. JOIN NOW
All of these blue label wines have been reviewed and awarded great scores by judges that you know and trust.
Mike Bennie has reviewed the 2014 Oakdene Shiraz in the last issue of WBM and scored it a fantastic 92 points. "Flighty, frisky feeling Shiraz shows some herbal influence, dusty tannin, slippery texture. It’s set to medium bodied, looks great as a young wine (decant!) but feels like there’s plenty in reserve for mid-term cellaring. Elegant is a good word here."
Gary Walsh has scored the 2014 Oakdene Chardonnay 89 points for Winefront. So...what are you wating for? A Chardonnay with no name from Oakdene. That’s a change! Peach and green banana, subtle oak. Sunshiny fruit, but with a good cut of acidity and some greener flavours coming through on the finish. Pretty good.
The 2014 Oakdene Pinot Noir has also been given a great review but you are going to have to wait until the end of the month for this one. Stay tuned!