Monday, 4 May 2015

Oakvale Ablington Vineyard Chardonnay 2014

My first look at Oakvale and I like what I see. Their restaurant EXP is taking off too from what I hear. I'm in the Hunter this weekend staying nearby so I might just have to pop in and see what the fuss is all about.

This Chardonnay is lip smacking. The fruit comes from an unirrigated vineyard which is thirty five years old. Hand picked, wild yeast fermented, a minimalist approach to winemaking is the goal along with sharing an expression of the vineyard - alluvial grey sandy loam soils in Pokolbin. French oak is used for nine months and the wine is bottled unfined.

This put me in a happy place with chicken by my side. More citrus than oak. More vanilla than cream and butter. But there is a delicious spread of lemon butter. The vanilla oak and soft fruit really appeals here. Another little lemony twist on the finish adds a classy touch. Great stuff. Get me another glass.

Very good.

Region: Hunter Valley
RRP: $33
Source: Sample

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