We are thrilled to announce that we have just received a 'Red Five Star' rating for the 2015 James Halliday Australian Wine Companion. This rating is awarded to wineries that are an "Outstanding winery regularly producing wines of exemplary quality & typicity. Will have at least two wines rated at 94 points or above, and had a five-star rating for the previous two years".
The 2012 Oakdene ‘William’ Shiraz has been included in James Halliday’s Top Cellaring Selections in June/July, rated a 96.
“Hand harvested, largely destemmed, but some whole bunches, wild yeast-fermented in small open vats, then pressed to French oak (30% new) for mlf and 16 months maturation; gold medal Geelong Wine Show, and three trophies Ballarat Wine Show ’13. Deeply coloured, it has exceptional black cherry and blackberry fruit laced with spice and pepper; perfectly ripened tannins and quality French oak complete a very classy wine. RRP $35 / Cellar 2032 / Oakdene FIVE STARS”
Gourmet Traveller Wine has just announced the results of their Australia’s Best Cellar Door Awards, with Oakdene winning the ‘Star Cellar Door’ for the Geelong Region.
Gourmet Traveller Wines team of experts visited hundreds of cellar doors throughout Australia, to determine the standouts in every region. Here is what they said about us.
‘It’s hard to decide what is more outrageous, the upside-down house that operates as a cellar door or the interpretative sculpture junk tree in the driveway fused together with vineyard flotsam and jetsam. Oakdene is definitely unique in its decorating, courtesy of co-owner Elizabeth Hooley, but the quirky décor is proving to be a huge draw card for the Bellarine Peninsula winery. The wines, however, deserve equal attention. Oakdene offers some of the best value for money wines on the Bellarine Peninsula headed by chardonnay, pinot noir and shiraz. Nothing is priced over $40. Sauvignon blanc does well in the maritime climate and Oakdene produces a standard style, all crisp, crunchy and herbal, as well as a bottle-aged wild thing called Jessica, full of spice and complexity. Stay for a meal in the restaurant, and Oakdene also sells orchids, lots of them, from its nursery out back'. Jeni Port, Gourmet Traveller WINE
We are pleased to receive two Gold medals in Sydney at the 2014 Macquarie Group Sydney Royal Wine Show, for our ’2012 Oakdene William Shiraz 96 points’ and the ‘2012 Oakdene Peta’s Pinot Noir 95 points’, from the exceptional 2012 vintage.
Accepting entries from wines made from all regions of Australia, the Sydney Royal Wine Show offers us a great opportunity to benchmark our wines with some of the nation’s best.
The 2012 growing season produced some fantastic fruit across the board at Oakdene, with our reds benefitting most from a long moderate growing season. All fruit is hand harvested and fermented using wild yeast with the addition of 15% whole bunches to enhance perfume and structure then matured in new and seasoned French oak barriques.
We are pleased to offer the latest vintage of what has arguably become one of the benchmark wines from our region, the Oakdene William Shiraz from the exceptional 2012 vintage.
Accepting entries from wines made from grapes grown in the Ballarat, Geelong, Henty, Grampians, Pyrenees, Bendigo and Sunbury regions, the Ballarat wine show offers us a great opportunity to benchmark our wines with some of Victoria's best.
At the 2012 Ballarat Wine Show, judged in September last year, our 2012 William Shiraz was awarded Top Gold in its class, Trophy for Best Regional Shiraz, and Trophy for Best Regional Red Wine. The Shiraz then followed up by winning a Gold Medal in the Geelong Wine Show in October.
The 2012 growing season produced some fantastic fruit across the board at Oakdene, with our reds benefiting most from a long moderate growing season. Our Shiraz is sourced from two individual blocks planted to clones PT23 and Best's (Great Western) in 2011 and 2002. All fruit is hand harvested, and fermented using wild yeast with the addition of 15% whole bunches to enhance perfume and structure, then matured for 16 months in new and seasoned French oak barriques.
The wine is now released and available for tasting in our cellar door, open daily from 10am, or by the glass in our restaurant. $35.00 per bottle/$378.00 per dozen.