Fresh pear and apple, along with some honeydew and cashew. It’s mostly about purity and freshness of fruit, though with the backing of fine oak. If you want a quirky descriptor for the oak, then you can have fortune cookies. Flecks of minerality and a sprinkle of fennel seed are also evident. The wonderful and evocative Lieu-dit series by Oakridge endeavours to produce wines that show the true personality of the vineyard of origin. The endeavour has definitely borne fruit with the Duck’s Lane Vineyard Chardonnay that sources its remarkably pure fruit from the vineyard near Seville in the Yarra Valley. At its heart is a core of bold citrus characters with lime and grapefruit being the main players. On the edges are bakery notes and nice hint of gentle spice. It is laser like with its acid structure which will come as no surprise to David Bicknell fans. Trademark Yarra Valley with an Oakridge stamp all over it.