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17 September 2020 | Team Oakdene

We so look forward to seeing you again...

SEPTEMBER 2020

New beginnings....

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 mrgrubboakdene@oakdene.com.au, 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.

Time Posted: 17/09/2020 at 3:27 PM
Team Oakdene
 
3 September 2020 | Team Oakdene

It's finally Spring, and isn't that glorious?!

SEPTEMBER 2020

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.'

 

Time Posted: 03/09/2020 at 3:31 PM
Team Oakdene
 
6 August 2020 | Team Oakdene

Great results from the halliday Wine Companion 2021!

AUGUST 2020

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 ♦

You can download a copy of the tasting notes here.

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)

Time Posted: 06/08/2020 at 3:40 PM
Team Oakdene
 
23 July 2020 | Team Oakdene

A day dedicated to Shiraz? Yes please!

JULY 2020

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

 

Time Posted: 23/07/2020 at 3:57 PM
Team Oakdene
 
20 July 2020 | Team Oakdene

2018 Jessica Sauvignon ranked #1 at The Real Review

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?!'

 

 

Time Posted: 20/07/2020 at 3:35 PM
Team Oakdene
 
20 May 2020 | Team Oakdene

New Release - Sauvignon Blanc is NOT just for Summer

MAY 2020

Not just a summer wine.....

There is no need to leave Sauvignon Blanc out in the cold this winter.  Its fresh, crisp fruit driven characters, can been enjoyed anytime of the year.  Whilst early drinking (fruit-driven) Sauvignon Blanc still remains the largest selling white varietal wine in the market, subtle use of oak and longer aging before bottle can produce a wine with more subtle fruit characters and mid palate texture.

For the past 10 years Oakdene has produced two contrasting styles of Sauvignon Blanc, from the fresh, fruity and zesty to a food-friendly, lightly oaked European style.

With our Jessica Sauvignon, we’re seeking texture, balance, restrained fruit and a long length of palate, which we achieve through barrel-fermentation and the use of older oak to mature the wine. This style can age, and match a broad range of foods. It was in 2008 that we decided to put a small portion of our sauvignon blanc into French oak, to create something different to the more fruit-driven styles in the market, and it’s now one of our most successful wines.

Oakdene's Sauvignon Blancs are  fresh and bright with abundant fruit and they are easy to drink. In general, these wines are also lower in alcohol and pair well with an array of dishes.

There is really never a better time to enjoy these wines!

 

2019 Bellarine Peninsula Sauvignon Blanc

Pale straw with a green tinge and a fragrant bouquet of tropical fruits, citrus, green pea and green bean.  Highly expressive palate of fresh tropical fruits, and citrus notes. Firm crunchy acidity offering balance and a long finish. Hand harvested Sauvignon Blanc was crushed and pressed into stainless steel tank. Fermented at 13 degrees C for 14 days, with lees contact post ferment for 2 months, then fined, filtered and bottled in October 2019 to retain fresh fruit driven characters. Best consumed young while expressing the fresh fruit driven characters of the variety.

2018 Oakdene Single Vineyard Jessica Sauvignon

Pale straw with a green tinge and a lifted bouquet of green tropical fruits and citrus with subtle nutty aromas derived from barrel fermentation.  Abundant guava and pink grapefruit, vanilla and a mineral edge, with oak adding texture to the mid palate. Citrussy acidity adding precision, focus and length.  Enjoy now, or cellar for the next 4 years, to gain mid palate weight and complexity.

94 points - Halliday Wine Companion

'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.'

Time Posted: 20/05/2020 at 4:01 PM
Team Oakdene
 
13 May 2020 | Team Oakdene

A wine for all seasons, Pinot Noir

MAY 2020

Meet Peta.....

By now, most of you will know who Peta is.  She is the daughter of owners Bernard & Liz and is also our amazing Project Manager!  Lucky Peta, is also the name behind our Single Vineyard Peta's Pinot Noir.

Peta is working on some pretty exciting projects around Oakdene, but you will often find her in her happy place working in the vineyard, picking, lifting and doing anything else that needs to be done! 

Pinot Noir, native to the famous French region of Burgundy, is ideally suited to the cool growing conditions of the Geelong wine region.

Pinot Noir has become enormously popular over recent years and it is little wonder, when in spite of its lighter bodied style, it remains a highly flavoursome red wine delivering complex red-fruit flavours with the occasional hint of spice. 

At Oakdene we produce two styles of Pinot Noir which vary in fruit weight, tannin structure and complexity.  Our Bellarine Peninsula Pinot Noir is made in a more fruit forward, earlier drinking style and aged in second use/older oak barrels. Peta's Pinot Noir is made in a more cellar worthy style using a percentage of whole bunches and aged in 30% new oak, adding more structure and a stemmy perfume.

Both of these wines are an excellent representation of the Pinot Noirs of today and have great cellaring abilities.   Get your hands on some today!

 

2018 Bellarine Peninsula Pinot Noir

Bright garnet in colour with a Perfumed bouquet of red flowers, dry spice and ripe red fruit notes.  Generous mid palate, with ripe red cherry and abundant savoury/spicy notes. Subtle oak and earthy notes are balanced by firm acidity and fine tannin on the finish.  Conclusion, Enjoy now or over the next 2 to 6 years.

2018 Oakdene Single Vineyard Peta's Pinot Noir

Garnet in colour with a deep hue.  A lifted bouquet of red fruit notes, cherry, plum and spicy notes.  Rich and textured mid-palate dominated by cherry and dark plum notes. French oak and whole bunches adding a savoury element to the wine, which is complimented by the regions earthy characters. Excellent fruit weight balanced by firm acidity and fine ripe tannins. Enjoy now with food or cellar for the next 5 to 10 years.

5 star - Winestate Magazine, September / October – 'Nose has a good hit of cedary oak sitting on top of some very interesting spicy peppery fruit.  rich upfront fruit sweetness on the palate with long savoury tannins and good acidity'.

 

Time Posted: 13/05/2020 at 4:11 PM
Team Oakdene
 
27 March 2020 | Team Oakdene

Oakdene Stay at Home Wine Packs

MARCH 2020

It's time to close the doors for a short while......

We have decided to close the doors at the Upside Down House Cellar Door, but our team is still available for all of your ‘Stay At Home’ wine needs and shipping everything straight to your door!

We have a number of ways you can place an order, with 10% off and free delivery Australia wide on purchases of 6 bottles or more.

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.

STAY AT HOME WINE PACKS

Take the guesswork out of your order and let us make a selection for you.  We have these Oakdene wine packs all ready to go.  You can choose from any of these or simply make your own selection on our website.

Please note, discounts automatically apply at checkout.  Not available with other offers.

Single Vineyard White Wine 6 pack 

2 x 2017 Single Vineyard Jessica Sauvignon
2 x 2018 Single Vineyard Ly Ly Pinot Gris
2 x 2018 Single Vineyard Liz's Chardonnay

With discount $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 2017 Single Vineyard Bernard's Cabernets

With discount $208.80  - RRP $232

Oakdene White Wine Taster 

2 x 2019 Bellarine Peninsula Sauvignon Blanc
2 x 2017 Single Vineyard Jessica Sauvignon
2 x 2019 Bellarine Peninsula Pinot Grigio
2 x 2018 Single Vineyard Ly Ly Pinot Gris
2 x 2019 Bellarine Peninsula Chardonnay
2 x 2018 Single Vineyard Liz's Chardonnay

With discount $289.80  - RRP $322

Oakdene Red Wine Taster

3 x 2018 Bellarine Peninsula Pinot Noir
2  x 2018 Single Vineyard Peta's Pinot Noir
3 x 2018 Bellarine Peninsula Vineyard Shiraz
2 x 2017 Single Vineyard William Shiraz
2 x 2017 Single Vineyard Bernard's Cabernet

With discount $ 338.40 - RRP $376

Time Posted: 27/03/2020 at 3:10 PM
Team Oakdene
 
26 March 2020 | Team Oakdene

It's time to close the doors for a short while......

We have decided to close the doors at the Upside Down House Cellar Door, but our team is still available for all of your ‘Stay At Home’ wine needs and shipping everything straight to your door!

We have a number of ways you can place an order, with 10% off and free delivery Australia wide on purchases of 6 bottles or more.

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

On behalf of the whole team here at Oakdene, thank you for visiting with us.  We look forward to welcoming you all back soon!

Time Posted: 26/03/2020 at 4:21 PM
Oakdene Wines
 
16 August 2019 | Oakdene Wines

Oakdene Halliday Wine Companion 2020

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.

Time Posted: 16/08/2019 at 8:04 PM