2022 Halliday Wine Companion Awards... the results are in!

Last night, we live streamed the 2022 Halliday Wine Companion Awards from the comfort of our homes in lockdown. These highly anticipated awards honour the very best of the Australian wine industry so the show must go on – and we’re glad it did. We’re thrilled to receive the top-rated chardonnay award for our 2019 864 Funder & Diamond Chardonnay with Halliday tasting judge, Jane Faulkner, noting that it’s a fine follow up to our exemplary 2017 vintage, and that it has “The same DNA.”.

“It’s about harnessing the power. Expect citrus, flint and form. Length, precision and a mineral drive. The devil is in the details, according to winemaker Dave Bicknell. This wine is the embodiment – indeed the reward – of that.” 97 points

Jane Faulkner, 2022 Halliday Wine Companion. ​

Of the thousands of wines tasted for the annual guide, just 19 are chosen to represent the truest and most exceptional examples of each varietal category, with chardonnay regarded as one of the most prized and hotly contested.

We’re equally proud to receive a ‘5 Red Star’ award for the 14th year in a row. An award for wineries that produce wines of exemplary quality and typicity, and show excellence in the context of their region.

There’s no question that Dave Bicknell is a cracking winemaker. His prowess with chardonnay is well celebrated, reinforced by no fewer than six gold-medal scoring chardonnays in this edition…he can back this with similarly rating pinot noir, syrah and even gris and rosé…Clever fruit sourcing, even in the competitive environment of the Yarra, matched with intuitive and attentive winemaking makes for a stunning line-up.”

Jane Faulkner & Tyson Stelzer, 2022 Halliday Wine Companion

The 2022 Halliday Wine Companion features an impressive tally of 20 Oakridge wines with scores of 93 points and above. See the full list below for details. Congratulations to David, Tim and the team who continue to consistently make some of the Yarra Valley’s best wines, and congratulations to all our fellow entrants!

Oakridge Top Rated Wines

97 points / Varietal Award Winner

2019 864 Funder & Diamond Chardonnay – available from Wednesday 1st September

96 points

2019 Vineyard Series Willowlake Chardonnay
2019 Vineyard Series Henk Chardonnay
2019 864 Aqueduct Block, Henk Pinot Noir
2019 864 Close-Planted Block, Oakridge Syrah

95 points

2020 Yarra Valley Rosé / Top Rated
2020 Garden Gris
2019 Vineyard Series Hazeldene Chardonnay
2019 Vineyard Series Barkala Chardonnay
2019 Vineyard Series Prices Rd Chardonnay
2020 Yarra Valley Light Dry Red
2019 Vineyard Series Shiraz

94 points

2015 Blanc de Blancs
2019 Yarra Valley Pinot Noir
2019 Vineyard Series Oakridge Cabernet Sauvignon

93 points

2020 Vineyard Series Hazeldene Pinot Gris
2019 Vineyard Series Sauvignon – coming soon
2020 Meunier
2019 Vineyard Series Hazeldene Pinot Noir
2019 Vineyard Series Prices Rd Pinot Noir – coming soon

The 2019 864 Chardonnay will be released globally on September 1st. Sign up to our email newsletter below to stay in the loop; and join the Oakridge Wine Club for exclusive pre-release access to this iconic wine, plus many more members benefits.

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