Wild Oats Wines are produced by premier Australian winemakers, the Oatley family. Well known for their sailing and tourism pursuits, the Oatley’s first major venture was in fact wine. Refined in structure and texture, detailed and generous in personality, and served in the slickest of bright, fashionable packaging – Wild Oats wines set the scene for every enjoyable occasion.
Wild Oats Chardonnay is a contemporary take on the chardonnay style with full bodied and modern crisp flavours, an oak punch that supports rather than dominates and where citrus and melon flavours shine through.
Mudgee is home to some of the oldest chardonnay vines in Australia and have a long history of producing outstanding, award winning wines. A variety of winemaking regimes were employed to produce this complex yet fruit driven style. The fruit was grown on Oatley family vineyards – primarily Woodbrook and Wooloomooloo in Mudgee with a small portion from Pemberton (WA). Half of the blend was fermented in stainless steel with the balance barrel fermented in a combination of new and older French oak. One-third of the blend underwent a secondary malolactic fermentation. Wild Oats Chardonnay is crafted in a modern style – full bodied yet crisp, with lifted citrus and melon flavours. The oak supports the flavours and does not dominate.
Halliday rated 89 points (2011 vintage)
“This is a super soft, super safe chardie. It tastes of peaches and melons and not a lot else, its edges round and easy to drink. There's a very, very gentle slip of malty, creamy, spicy oak, but this is really a wine about fresh (and refreshing) fruit flavour. It doesn't ring my bells, but it's sound and flavoursome enough.” 84 points, Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front, February 2008
Tasting Note: Full bodied yet crisp, with lifted citrus and melon flavours. The oak supports the flavours and does not dominate.