2012 Oakridge Single Vineyard Series "Guerin Vineyard" Pinot Noir Yarra Valley (Elsewhere $35)

SKU #1161599 95 points James Halliday

 Made in the usual fashion for Local Vineyard Series pinots, with 10 days fermentation of whole berries in open fermenters, this wine with plum and cherry fruit, and some delicate, savoury nuances on the finish.

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Very pale ruby colored with a hint of purple, the 2012 Guerin Vineyard Pinot Noir shows a very slight hint of reduction to begin before giving way to a core of red cherry and red currant aromas highlighted by suggestions of tar, tree bark and anise. Light-bodied and delicately flavored in the mouth, it shows a good balance of low level silky tannins and lively acid before finishing with decent length. Drink it now to 2017+. (LPB)  (8/ 2013)

K&L Notes

Winemaker's Notes: "The fruit for this wine was sourced from the east facing Guerin Vineyard, sited in a pocket of grey volcanic soil in Gladysdale. A wonderful growing season with abundant rainfall, moderate crops and warm ripening conditions has resulted in wines that are deeply flavoured and intensely varietal. The wine was made using whole berry fermentation in open vessels for two weeks, followed by a 10 month maturation in French oak barrels. The wine is dark red with brick red hues. Bright fresh black cherry and pomegranate lift sitting over cinnamon spice, redcurrants and leaf litter. Air coaxes curry leaf, raspberry and cranberry with a texture of slate and minerals, more pomegranate and plum as it builds across the palate. There is fullness of flavour, firmness of structure and juicy refreshment all at the same time." Only 500cs total production.

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By: David Driscoll |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/16/2014  | Send Email
I love deliciously delicate red Burgundy. LOVE it. However, I cannot get deliciously delicate red Burgundy that really showcases incredible fruit these days for $23. I'll likely have to pay between $50-$100 for that experience. That's why K&L's new Australian import, Oakridge, is one of the most exciting new finds from our Southern Hemisphere buyers. The Guerin Vineyard Pinot Noir, with its colder climate and lighter body, is exactly what I want from Burgundy. It's soft, haunting, intricate, and nuanced. It just so happens that it comes from Australia instead of France. Magical wine that really forces you to re-examine your perception concerning the wines from Down Under. This is NOT your typical big-fruited, 90 point Shiraz-type fruit bomb. This is real deal stuff.

By: Jim Chanteloup |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/15/2014  | Send Email
I served this for a friend the other night, and her response was "Oh my...what a pretty wine." Across the board, the wines from Oakridge have shown great varietal character with superb balance, detail and drive. The Guerin Pinot Noir is bright and lifted, with a bouquet of dried rose petals, tar, raspberry, tart cherry, rhubarb, clove, earth and dried orange peel. On the palate, the wine is silky and supple with superb balance and a long, persistent finish.

By: Angie An |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/15/2014  | Send Email
The Oakridge Pinot Noir is really amazing. The Guerin Vineyard displays very nice intensity with a great mixture of fresh, just-ripe fruit aromas with lots of earthy secondary components. For a girl who loves her mineral-driven, earthier style Pinot Noir, this is right up my alley. The wine finishes with soft baking spices and great complexity.

By: Ryan Woodhouse |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/12/2014  | Send Email
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Wow! I can see why a block was chosen from this vineyard to be Oakridge's prestigious 864 Single Block in 2012. A remarkably attractive Pinot with a super-pure, ripe berry fruit nose. Baking spices, dry leaves, subtle oak touches and dusty earth. Such a fragrant wine, a true Pinot bouquet. On the palate the wine matches up: Ripe berries in the dark red fruit spectrum, clove, subtle cinnamon stick, warm earth and new leather. A tight core of minerality adds another dimension on the finish that is fresh with lovely bright acidity. Beautiful, elegant Pinot, designed with food in mind, remarkable restraint and purity.
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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 Region are in the southeastern area of the continent, with the Barossa Valley, Claire Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia, the Yarra Yarra Velley 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, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling from the land Down Under. 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. Click for a list of bestselling items from Australia.


Specific Appellation:

Yarra Valley

Alcohol Content (%): 13