Single Block Release 864 Drive Block Funder & Diamond Vineyard Chardonnay 2011

Last bottle of this very impressive Chardonnay. Still very flinty and burnt match on the nose with a slightly sweeter palate than the last note. That grapefruit in its youth is now more yellow peach. Technical notes - using the P58 clone. All grapes were hand harvested prior to whole bunch pressing to French Oak puncheons - 30% new oak. Malolactic conversion was prevented. Drinking at its peak - made by one of Australia’s leading exponents of Chardonnay In David Bicknell. This is world class! — 2 months ago

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Vineyard Series Henk Chardonnay 2017

Starting a new phase of development, showing some hints of nougat along with faint struck match, leading to green apple, lime and stone fruit. It’s softened since last tasting, almost an in between phase before the secondary richness develops further. — 2 years ago

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Vineyard Series Willowlake Chardonnay 2018

Another modern Australian Chardonnay like the recent Penfolds Bin 311 - flinty and reductive. On the palate Lemon Curd and under ripe stone fruit. With time and air the stone fruit became riper and sweeter. David Bicknell is one of Australia’s best winemakers particularly with Chardonnay. This is his budget Local Vineyard Series at only $32 per bottle. His premium range is called 864. Oakridge was recently named the best winery in Australia by The Real Review (Huon Hooke and Bob Campbell MW. ). Had another bottle on 22nd July 2023 (14 weeks later than first note) with notes as above. Modern, flinty and reductive. — 7 months ago

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864 Block Aqueduct Vineyard Henk Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2019

Almost identical in profile to Giant Steps. Strawberries and cream on the palate. Smooth with just enough spice and acid to give interest. Not great p/q — 2 years ago

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Giant Steps

Lusatia Park Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015

Lusatia Park is not a Cuvée used every year by Giant Steps. Oakridge make a good Chardonnay from there. This Pinot had a tawny edge to the mid Ruby Red in colour. Sweet red cherry and red fruits in general with whole bunch influence and great persistence of flavour. — 10 months ago

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Shaw and Smith

M3 Vineyard Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2019

We first tasted this at the cellar door in March 2021 and were so impressed I gave this 96 points. See previous Delectable note. Very balanced showing roasted nuts, ripe grapefruit and a little sulphidic funk. Palate a little on the delicate side in this showing. This was following the 11 year old Oakridge 864 Funder and Diamond which was a hard act to follow and had gobs of sulphidic funk/struck match. Will leave the next Shaw + Smith 2019 Chardonnay for a year or 2. — a year ago

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Sauvignon Blanc 2020

Soft easy drinking...not very complex but nice — 2 years ago


864 Charlie's Block Chardonnay 2011

Nothing to add to my previous notes. A well made Chardonnay from Chardonnay specialist, David Bicknell. Made in the leaner style. Travelling well at 10 years. — 3 years ago

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