Since its founding in 1978, Oakridge has been making wines in the Yarra Valley and has produced some of the finest examples of cool climate wines seen in Australia. Oakridge is family owned, with a philosophy of producing wines that reflect the terroir of the Yarra Valley. The three ranges explore various grape varieties, meso-climates within the Yarra Valley, individual sites and winemaking approaches.
Over the Shoulder wines are great examples of wines that typify varietal characteristics of the Yarra Valley. Wines which are fresh, vibrant and medium bodied. Low alcohol wines with intensity, marvellous tightness and sharp focus.
Handpicked grapes chilled then whole bunch pressed with half going directly to barrel for a natural fermentation and ageing on yeast lees for 10 months. The other half was pressed to tank for fermentation, then once was complete, transferred to barrel for maturation. After maturation the unified blend was cold stabilised and lightly bentonite fined prior to bottling with a single filtration.
From vineyards in four locations in the Lower and Upper Yarra Valley, the grapes pressed directly to a mix of stainless steel and French oak barrels for fermentation and maturation. It has a generous serve or ripe stone fruits (white peach and nectarine to the fore), balanced by oak and natural acidity. Drink by: 2022; Price: $19.00; Date Tasted: Sept 2017; Alcohol: 13.1%; Rating: 93 Points & Special Value Star; Top 100 Wines of the Year 2017; James Halliday; James Halliday Wine Companion
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