2014 Oakridge "Over the Shoulder" Cabernet Sauvignon Yarra Valley Victoria (Previously $15)

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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 estate fruit that didn't quite make the cut for the much more expensive single-vineyard bottlings and represents excellent quality and an exceptional value.

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Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/13/2018 | Send Email
Olive and cassis form the basis of the aromas of this wine, spicy nose. On the palate the wine shows richness but restrained for what you think of past Australian wines, the olive and eucalyptus might remind me of old time Alexander Valley Cabernet. Good balance in the finish, this wine will do well matching up with spicy dishes like Carne Asada.
Drink from 2018 to 2020

Staff Image By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/12/2018 | Send Email
Our Australian wine buyer, Stefanie, tells me that we've had this wine before, but I have no idea how it possibly slipped past me. The Over The Shoulder pinot and chard have been huge hits with the staff and our customers for several years now, but this little number has flown under the radar. I truly am astounded that this is $9.99. It has a nose like a much more serious cabernet. It's beautiful, loaded with black fruit, but it has an edgier side to it full of cedar, herbal freshness, and savor. When you get it on your palate it's very generous and easy drinking. This is a slam dunk for an every day drinker.

Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/12/2018 | Send Email
As with the others in the series of Oakridge "Over the Shoulder" rugby inspired bottlings, this wine is varietally spot on, well balanced, built to go extraordinarily well with food. Unlike its stable mates, however, this Cabernet is not only reasonably priced but practically being given away at $10. Red fruited, with a spicy, slightly herbaceous quality on the palate, this is honest Cab from a very good producer we import directly ourselves. Recommended.

Staff Image By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/7/2018 | Send Email
A perennial customer favorite for good reason, this Cab/Merlot blend is everything you want from the Yarra Valley. The fruit is deep and husky, but the cooling ocean breezes bring lift and finesse to the wine and keep it from plushness. Structure and woodsy tannin balance the purple fruits, making this not a shy wine, but immensely drinkable still. This is a killer deal for a wine of this complexity and nuance for under $10.
Top Value!

Staff Image By: Brian Fogarty | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/21/2017 | Send Email
Pioneers in the upper Yarra Valley, Oakridge Winey built an oasis of food and wine for the locals of Melbourne to enjoy a beautiful atmosphere paired with locally sourced food and wine (much like Napa is to San Francisco and Sacramento). The balance they struck follows through in the wine we are able to enjoy from them stateside. The “Over the Shoulder” wines are pleasant, well structured wines focused first on the quality of the fruit harvested from the cool ridges of Yarra. This Cab-Merlot blend is expressive right away with blackberry pie and muddled wild raspberries in the glass and is complemented by cypress and bay forest notes. On the palate the berry tones are partnered with cassis and mulberry. The soft tannins give a structural platform for smoky bramble and the piney herbs you found on the nose drifting into a persistent finish.

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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.


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Yarra Valley