Oakridge Local Vineyard Series Chardonnay, Yarra Valley 2014/15Chardonnay is the grape that has perhaps grabbed the most attention of all the wines made at Oakridge. Dave Bicknell, the winemaker, takes the same approach here as with his other wines; minimal intervention is the key, providing the best conditions for the wine to make itself. The grapes are whole bunch pressed directly to oak puncheons and fermented with natural yeasts. The palate is rich, almost opulent with a fruit salad, green melon, quince and toffee apple character, supported by a fine, long acidity and strong citrus tang. The 2012 won the Douglas Seabrook Trophy for Best Single Vineyard Wine at the 2014 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards.