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.
Overall the impression is of a bright, juicy Beaujo-esque wine that is both easy to drink and refreshing at the same time. Dark bright red. Summer pudding nose - cherry, wild strawberry and red currants with the faintest hint of vanilla pod. Full flavoured with black cherry, pomegranate, plums and spice. It has depth and weight but also structured with sappy-satiny tannins and a pleasant savoury texture.
Sourced from vineyards at Gladysdale, Woori Yallock and Coldstream. The perfumed red fruits of the bouquet are enticing, the fresh light to medium-bodied palate likewise. While intended for early consumption, 4-5 years' cellaring will see a burst of spices and dried flower petals appear. Excellent value; this was a great pinot vintage. Price: $23.00; Drink to: 2025; Rating: 94 Points; James Halliday Wine Companion
Oakridge's Over the Shoulder Pinot Noir has become a solid performer. Keen value territory. 2015 was an excellent vintage. I looked at this over the course of a couple of days and the expression on its face changed but the quality didn't. This is better than handy. It's sweet with ripe, cherried fruit but tangy and cranberried too, with a subtle meaty-spiciness to boot. Tannin is firm, almost minerally. Length is sound. At first I thought the sweetness of the fruit was fractionally too overt, almost tipping into Fanta territory, but a more savoury impression was made as it breathed. Good stuff. Everyone's happy. Rated : 91 Points; Price : $23; Closure : Screwcap; Drink : 2016 - 2020; Campbell Mattinson; The Wine Front
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