2012 Oakridge Estate "Whitsend Vineyard" Cabernet Sauvignon Yarra Valley

SKU #1202813 96 points James Halliday

 Classic claret-style Cabernet. Medium-bodied and refreshing with fine flavours of pencil, chocolate, mulberry and crushed leaf. Firm but well integrated tannin. Knows exactly what style it wants to be and sets about nailing it.  (2/2015)

K&L Notes

Winemaker's Notes: "Bright, vibrant purple reds. Fragrant, ripe Cabernet - cassis, blackcurrant and violets underpinned by redcurrant, chocolate and pencil lead. The presentation is of a fine, elegant medium bodied claret style that has weight and firmness yet retains its refreshing line and length. It will cellar well over 10+ years." 95 points from Wine Front Magazine: "Pretty much textbook Yarra Cabernet here. Blackcurrant, redcurrant, almost strawberry in the mix, perfume, pencils, chocolate and nougat. Medium bodied, light in touch but with dense fine grained tannin packed well into its lithe frame, juicy strawberried acidity, seamless oak integration and a fresh red fruited finish of excellent length, with a fond farewell from tannin that fans on the finish. Superb."

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Staff Image By: Dave Genevro | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/30/2016 | Send Email
This is my go-to for delicious Cabernet, with great varietal character, and layers of savory, rustic elements and great textures, such as graphite. This is not overtly tannic like a lot of CA Cabs can be, but that is one of the main reasons I love it so much. This is more medium bodied, with fruit of cherries and black currants. As with all of David Bicknell's wines I have tasted, the oak integration is flawless. The purity and regional expression of this wine is just fabulous, plus it is a single vineyard bottling. When I want a Margaret River-like wine for a great price, I go with David Bicknell's Whitsend Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon...every time.
Top Value!

Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/28/2016 | Send Email
GREAT CAB. This satisfying Cabernet is for: -People who like Ridge or Mount Eden Cab -Those who enjoy Cabernet with fresh fruit and a balanced hit of leafy or green notes in the background -Anyone who is seeking out top quality stuff for under $20! This is easily one of my favorite and more noteworthy Cabs I've tasted this year.

Staff Image By: Nicole Osmanski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/23/2016 | Send Email
I LOVE all of the Oakridge Estate wines, but their Cab especially made an impression for its abundance of character and grace. Thyme, olive, anise, and violet lend intrigue to the wine's luscious but bright fruit. Its deep layers of flavor are offset by an almost kinetic acidity and lean body - my celebrity reference would be Katherine Hepburn: angular, energetic, and charismatic, but also refined, formidable, and complex. It's a great wine that will hold your attention, sip after sip, year after year.

Staff Image By: Jim Chanteloup | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/4/2015 | Send Email
The cool 2012 vintage produced this Cabernet that weighs in at 13.0 ABV...remember those? The nose has notes of cedar, pencil lead, red currant, tart cherry, earth, spice and a light floral highlight. On the palate there is juicy acidity with fine tannins framing the core of this elegant wine. This is not your sipping Napa Valley Cabernet, but begs for food to bring out its best.

Staff Image By: Dulcinea Gonzalez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/25/2015 | Send Email
Don't let this wine fly below your radar! Here's an absolutely awesome cool climate cab at a killer price. Showing beautiful, bright, succulent blackcurrant fruit with minty freshness, this is proof that an elegant, balanced and supremely drinkable cab can be attained at only $20 bucks!

Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/16/2015 | Send Email
Old school Cabernet...or is it post-modern Cabernet...? Whatever era we're in here this is timeless, cool climate Cab. Aromas of red / blue fruit, fresh tobacco, graphite and fine oak. The wine is mid-weight, not heavily extracted, it is pure, vibrant with an excellent acid line and fine powdery tannins providing great length. The weight and flavor profile of this wine has much more in common with a cooler vintage in Bordeaux than a typical year in Napa Valley. Really great as a young wine and sure to keep on improving for many years to come. Fantastic value thanks to our direct import relationship.
Top Value! Drink from 2015 to 2015

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


- 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.


Specific Appellation:

Yarra Valley

Alcohol Content (%): 13.5