Cellar Door open once again! Last days to use your 'ADD TO CART' $20 bonus!
We are really, extremely grateful to be able to open our cellar door once again! While we are only able to open for regional visitors (and Melbourne we are so sorry because we do miss you!), we havent forgotten our Metro friends, who still have time to get hold of a great bonus offer with your wine deliveries.
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James Halliday's 2022 edition of the Australian Wine Companion lit up our computer screens again last week with all the awards streamed live , replacing the gala dinner we have become accustomed to.
We are very pleased to retain a 5 red star rating for the eight successive year keeping Oakdene in the top echelon of Australian producers. This year’s release has adopted some changes to accommodate the volume of wines (and wineries) rated with some additions to the tasting panel. This included regional experts, in Geelong’s case Jeni Port, one of Australia’s most experienced wine journalists. New editor Tyson Stelzer also made it clear, this release would see a rationalisation of the scoring system, to bring scores closer to the current 100 point wine show system.
The changes make retaining our 5 red star rating even more pleasing, and great to see 5 wines receiving a special value rating, which symbolises a wine considered to offer special value for money in the context of their rating!
So without further ado here are our 2022 results –
2022 HALLIDAY WINE COMPANION
2019 Oakdene Liz's Single Vineyard Bellarine Peninsula Chardonnay 95 Points (Gold & Special Value Rating)
Destemmed, pressed direct to barrel for wild-yeast fermentation and matured for 12 months in French oak barriques (30% new). This wine has a reputation for generosity of flavour and the 2019 vintage doesn't disappoint. Arrives with a bang! Take a long inhale of all that stone fruit, dried peach, orange peel, honeysuckle and pear. Keep that thought, because there's more to behold on the palate and this time it comes with delicious texture and length. Coastal saline sea-spray notes hover, providing added zing. (Jeni Port) Drink by: 2028 Alcohol 13.6%
2019 Oakdene Peta's Single Vineyard Bellarine Peninsula Pinot Noir 94 Points (Silver)
Hand-picked fruit, 20% whole bunches, wild-yeast fermented in small open-top pots, mlf, 12 months' maturation in French oak barriques (30% new). Deep purple/garnet colour. Intense and savoury in aromas of Thai herbs, anise, wood smoke, black cherry. Runs a touch wild and savoury across the tongue in shades of cherry cola, rhubarb and sage, with notes of smoke. A light dusting of spice throughout helps fuel the wine's energy. (Jeni Port) Drink by: 2027 Alcohol 13.7%
2019 Oakdene Bellarine Peninsula Chardonnay 94 Points (Silver Top 100 & Special Value Rating)
Fermented and matured for 10 months in new and used French barriques. Gleaming straw-green hue. The quality of the fruit is obvious; the wine already in the saddle; the gait smooth and supple; white stone fruit, citrusy acidity and creamy cashew in harmony. (James Halliday) Drink by: 2029 Alcohol 13.4%
2020 Oakdene Ly Ly Single Vineyard Bellarine Peninsula Pinot Gris 93 Points (Silver)
Maintains the producer's high standard already set with the grape. The merest hint of a blush hue, the aromas lifted with spring blossom, just-cut apple and a touch of honeysuckle. Early on in its life, already revealing hints of a complex nature, of marzipan, spiced apple, pear tart. Certainly ripe and full of flavour. (Jeni Port) Drink by: 2025 Alcohol 13.9%
2019 Oakdene William Single Vineyard Bellarine Peninsula Shiraz 93 Points (Silver)
Hand picked and destemmed, wild-yeast fermented in small open-top vats with 15% whole bunches. Mlf followed by 16 months in French oak barriques (30% new). Everything nicely framed around some rather smart oak, presenting a picture of cool-climate elegance. Deep purple, sweet black cherry/blood plum fruit with a generous dusting of spice and toasty oak. Aromatics come out to play on the palate, a note of pepper, too. Ripe cherry tannins add an extra flourish. (Jeni Port) Drink by: 2031 Alcohol 14.4%
2020 Bellarine Peninsula Sauvignon Blanc 92 Points (Silver & Special Value Rating)
Gifts the drinkers everything they like about sauvignon blanc; from the grape's exuberance and energy, to the distinctive lime-citrus, herbs and grassy notes, through to the crisp, cool palate with zingy lemony acidity. Not a note out of place. (Jeni Port) Drink by: 2023 Alcohol 12.4%
2016 Oakdene Yvette Sparkling Pinot Noir Chardonnay 91 Points (Silver)
Light pink tinge with the lifted scent of yellow peach, honeysuckle, lemon butter and just-baked pastry. Homogenous, lively flavours echoing the aroma with additional red apple, mandarin rind flavours for complexity. Nicely textured throughout with fine acid crunch. (Jeni Port) Drink by: 2023 Alcohol 12.6%
2017 Oakdene Yvette Kristen Blanc de Blancs 91 Points (Silver)
This blanc de blancs sees 36 months ageing on yeast lees, instilling the sparkling with a wealth of lemon, grapefruit, white peach and fresh bread aromas with a touch of flintiness. Nice complexity here, balanced with impressive acidity. The palate keeps true to the citrus theme with smooth autolysis texture and depth. Excellent aperitif style. (Jeni Port) Drink by: 2023 Alcohol 12.1%
2020 Oakdene Jessica Single Vineyard Bellarine Peninsula Sauvignon 91 Points (Silver)
Like sucking on a juicy grape, this 1yo is super-fresh and zesty. The grape's usual herbaceous exuberance is toned down and in its place are green mango skin, lime, lemon rind and green apple. It's a well-composed, thoughtful expression. Crunchy acidity hits the spot. (Jeni Port) Drink by: 2023 Alcohol 12.0%
2020 Oakdene Bellarine Peninsula Rosé 91 Points (Silver & Special Value Rating)
A blend of 36/30/18/16% cabernet sauvignon/cabernet franc/shiraz/merlot. Interesting choice of varieties, combining solid acidity, delicate aromatics, soft texture and juicy fruit-forward fruit. The awesome foursome, showing a very Australian no-nonsense, flavoursome approach to rosé, all with an easy tannin grip and bright acidity. (Jeni Port) Drink by: 2024 Alcohol 13.1%
2019 Oakdene Bellarine Peninsula Pinot Noir 90 Points (Silver)
Destemmed fruit, fermented in small open-top pots with cultured yeast, mlf and 11 months in French oak barriques (10% new). A most tasty, well-priced pinot that sings with fruit - black cherry, redcurrant, satsuma plum - and spicy anise. Tannins and oak melt into the background. Juicy and clean. Drink up. (Jeni Port) Drink by: 2026 Alcohol 13.6%
2020 Bellarine Peninsula Pinot Grigio 90 Points (Silver)
Another solid grigio from the Geelong region. The maritime climate does the grape proud. Easy to get to know, it boasts a light scent of Jonathan apple, spiced pear and white nectarine. Crisp, clean, lively with a hint of dusty musk to close. (Jeni Port) Drink by: 2023 Alcohol 13.3%
2019 Oakdene Bellarine Peninsula Shiraz 90 Points (Silver & Special Value Rating)
Destemmed, fermented in small open-top vats with cultured yeast, mlf, 11 months in French oak barriques (10% new). Forest floor, earth, briar, fennel and red/blue berries on the bouquet. Autumnal in character, it cuts a sleek figure with a taut - almost steely - tannin/acid drive that puckers the mouth. Speaks of its cool-climate home. (Jeni Port) Drink by: 2026 Alcohol 13.2%
2019 Oakdene Bernard's Single Vineyard Cabernets 89 Points (Bronze)
A blend of merlot (66%), cabernet franc (30%), cabernet sauvignon (8%). Making the most of a challenging vintage and an early picking with an upfront young blend, with early drinking on its mind. It's all about the fruit here, black cherry, plum with some attractive dried flower florals and brown spice. The plush, sweet-berried fruits have prominence, cabernet sauvignon seems reserved for the solid backbone. It works well. (Jeni Port) Drink by: 2025 Alcohol 12.4%
Oakdene Family Winter Wines.....
It's just past the mid winter point already, and thank goodness for that! The winter solstice has come and gone, days are finally getting longer again and we think that being a few steps closer to spring is a good time to treat yourself!
Oakdene Wine Club members can take 15% off the total order with the purchase any 6 or more Oakdene Single Vineyard Estate (white label) wines, with free shipping in Victoria.
Choose your favourites and the discount will apply automatically at the checkout. This is only available to Wine Club members and expires 31 July (Joining the wine club is FREE and simple! JOIN HERE)
Purchase online and have your order delivered contact free, straight to your door so you can sit back, relax and let us do the legwork for you.
All that is left to do, is enjoy.....
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"
Some things remain the same.....
Harvest for the 2020 vintage is finished! What a relief for the team who work tirelessly all year to prepare our fruit. This is Sal & KJ earlier in the year, training the vines. These days we all work a bit further apart!
The last to come off was the Shiraz in our Lighthouse vineyard, which will become our 2020 Oakdene Bellarine Peninsula Shiraz. The yield may be down a little, but the fruit quality is exceptional.
Our Single Vineyard William Shiraz also came off recently at our Wallington vineyard where we hand pick a percentage of the fruit for whole bunches.
Two completely different styles, both very much worth trying!
2018 Bellarine Penisula Shiraz
Deep garnet in apparance with a bright lifted savoury bouquet of, dark plummy fruit and black olive. Fine sauvory palate driven by red, purple and black fruits. White pepper and spice. Medium bodied, fine tannin and balanced acidity. Shiraz was destemmed, and then fermented in small open vats. Pressed to barrel for malolactic fermentation and matured in French oak barriques (10% new) for 11 months, then bottled in February 2019. Drink now or over the next 2 to 8 years.
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".
2017 Oakdene Single Vineyard William Shiraz
Deep red purple with a highly perfumed nose of white pepper, spice and abundant black and red fruits leading to slightly sappy whole bunch notes. Medium bodied palate, with savoury dark berry fruit characters, licorice, spice and white pepper notes. Ripe tannins and well-integrated French oak. Balanced acidity, and a long savoury finish. Highly enjoyable now, or cellar over the next 5 to 15 years.
Gold Medal and Trophy for Best Shiraz Geelong Wine Show 2019
95 Points 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."
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..”