2014 Oakridge Estate "Over the Shoulder" Pinot Noir Yarra Valley (Elsewhere $20)

SKU #1228606 91 points James Halliday

 From vineyards in Beenak, Gladysdale and Yarra Glen. A powerful testament to David Bicknell's approach, designed to place as little as possible in the way of varietal expression and (where relevant) that of place. This is pure Pinot, as light and as fresh as a spring day, cherry and strawberry fruit with a gossamer web of tannins.  (9/2015)

K&L Notes

A K&L Exclusive Direct Import. Made by 20+ year veteran, Yarra Valley winemaker David Bicknell. David is considered by many as one of the best winemakers in all of Australia. The "Over The Shoulder" label is basically estate fruit that didn't quite make the cut for the much more expensive single vineyard bottlings but still represents excellent quality and an exceptional value. This is a more elegant, medium bodied style with very moderate alcohol, bright, crunchy berry fruit, spice and lovely earthy, forest floor nuances. Think of it like a great bottle of Bourgogne Rouge. 90 points Wine Front: "This has more going for it than your average pinot noir. It’s sweet and fruit-filled with just enough spice, and shape, to fancy itself as sophisticated. Cranberry, strawberry, woody spice, cherry. It’s delicious."

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Staff Image By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/21/2016 | Send Email
One of the best deals we have in Pinot Noir from anywhere in the world is this bottle from the Yarra Valley. At this price one expects a rather simple Pinot, and I often have customers shocked when they taste this wine. Bright, crunchy red berry is layered along with notes of earth and spice. This wine is elegant and complex with a finish reminiscent of a very good Bourgogne. This wine is drinking spectacularly well now so don't be afraid to buy a case of it as a house wine that drinks so much better than its price would lead one to believe.

Staff Image By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/30/2016 | Send Email
Multi-dimensional Pinot Noir under $15! Ripe red fruits, a little spice, a little earth, a touch of tannin and fresh acidity. You cannot find a better Pinot, unless you are looking for a fruit bomb, for the money.

Staff Image By: Dave Genevro | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/2/2016 | Send Email
This wine never ceases to out perform it's price tag! The bright cherry fruit, with the sticks and earth, spices, savory notes...this wine reminds me of a Bourgogne Rouge that is ready to enjoy now. Balance and expressiveness with this low price will not last too long. Very food friendly or the perfect Pinot on it's own.
Top Value!

Staff Image By: Randy Hagerman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/19/2016 | Send Email
This bright, elegant Pinot Noir out of the Yarra Valley will absolutely blow you away at $14. The crunchy red berry fruit and crisp acidity make this an incredibly drinkable Pinot Noir at a price that is just silly. Pinot Noir lovers should buy this by the case.

Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/20/2016 | Send Email
If you love drinking Pinot, and want to do it on Tuesday night, you have just found an unbelievable deal. The Over The Shoulder from Oakridge smashes all my notions about value priced Pinot. This is real wine! From a cool climate in Yarra, this lighter style Pinot has shocking depth, savory red fruit and length. Don't miss this one!
Top Value!

Staff Image By: Jim Boyce | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/31/2015 | Send Email
This beautiful Pinot Noir from Oakridge - a favorite Australian Direct Import Producer - consists of declassified Pinot Noir fruit; so, fruit that just missed being Estate Single Vineyard bottlings! Bright, crunchy cherry and cranberry fruit with just a touch of spices makes this quite the food friendly Pinot at $14! It will quickly change your perception of Australian wines!

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.


- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world. View a list of bestselling items from Australia.


Specific Appellation:

Yarra Valley

Alcohol Content (%): 13.3