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2016 Oakridge "Over the Shoulder" Pinot Noir Yarra Valley Victoria

SKU #1318551 91 points James Halliday

 *Special Value Selection* Juicy and moreish, Oakridge's entry-level pinot beams red to black cherry flavours across a ripe mid-palate, licked with anise and framed by subtle vanillin oak. The wine has a pulpy texture and a joyous bounce to it, from start to finish. The vintage's inherent heat is stashed beneath the wine's ample generosity and well applied structural pillars.

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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 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 of Pinot with very moderate alcohol. Think of it like a great bottle of Bourgogne Rouge. The 2016 Pinot is sourced from vineyards in Gladysdale (40%), Woori Yallock (39%) and Coldstream (21%) during a warm, dry growing season. Whole clusters were fermented then pressed into oak barrels for maturing. Tasting notes from the winemaker: "Deep dark cherry-red with dark red hues. Bright, spicy cherry fruit, blood plum, cinnamon, pomegranate and hints of raspberry and musk. Depth and weight apparent. Ripe yet crunchy fruit – black fruited with a weaving of lighter, red fruit detail; alpine strawberry, preserved cherry and cranberry that add a nice fruit-acidity. This in turn add a sense of line and length."

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Staff Image By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/15/2017 | Send Email
Another great over the shoulder Pinot. This is a cannot miss value Pinot. Clean, precise Pinot Noir fruit with a hint of spice and a whisp of something floral. Medium light bodied with that great fruit resting on modest tannins and lively acidity. Nothing in the store, from any country comes close to how good this wine is for the money.

Staff Image By: Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/25/2017 | Send Email
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After forty-five or so years in wine retail, the one sales event that still gets me excited is finding really excellent, near-term wines at some ridiculously "cheap" price and convincing you to buy and try them. It is an effortless endeavor to sell the Pichon Lalandes, Opus Ones, or DRCs in today's market; when it comes to selling wines to our customers, as with this lovely Pinot Noir Gem from Oakridge Estate, it seems that it takes four times my energy to convince people to at least try them. Produced from estate vineyard blocks that did not go into the final single-vineyard productions, this excellent creation by winemaker, David Bicknell, is medium-deep ruby in color, offers distinctively floral {jasmine and roses) to black cherry, plum-like, raspberry aromas with undertones of cedar, musk, and spice {all-spice}. These characteristics carry over wonderfully to a broad, fleshy, viscous, bright palate impression with excellent balance, elegance and integration, which in turn leads to a long, soft, silky finish. Don't look at the price; it might scare you off from buying it. In any case, Rusty has ordered me to bring home at least several cases of this amazing Gem for our intermittent consumption over the next three to five years. A GREAT LOW COST VALUE! ***** 14.4% ABV ***** .....A K&L WINE MERCHANTS' DIRECT IMPORT.....
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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.


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Yarra Valley

Alcohol Content (%): 14.4