2017 Oakridge Local Vineyard Series Henk Vineyard Pinot Noir

2017 Oakridge Local Vineyard Series Henk Vineyard Pinot Noir

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Expert Reviews

95 Points - James Halliday - Halliday's Wine CompanionThe vinification was short and simple, but it stretches the point to say it's ‘traditional'. 100% whole berry wild yeast fermentation for 3 weeks, matured for 10 months in French oak. The colour is clear and bright, an immediate come-on, as is the perfumed bouquet. All the parts come together effortlessly on the finish of the long palate.
95 Points - Yarra Valley Wine Show
95 Points - Royal Melbourne Wine Show
95 Points - James SucklingThis site delivers a zipped-up, sleek, concentrated pinot. Aromas are in the cool red-cherry and fragrant zone with crushed roses and violets. Some fresh sappy notes of undergrowth, too. The palate has a long, refined and succulent mouthfeel, which really marries elegance with power. Drink or hold.
93 Points - Andrew Graham - ozwinereview.com
93 Points - Gary Walsh - The Wine FrontTried this at the winery a couple of months ago, and it’s settling into bottle very well. The Henk vineyard is in Woori Yallock. Red cherry, red fruits, spice, vanilla and flowers. Fresh, pretty style of wine, almost delicate, with sappy red fruits, a smudge of fine grained tannin, balanced acidity, and a bright but savoury finish of good length. Thoroughly charming.
92 Points - Huon HookeMedium to full red/purple, bright and limpid colour. The bouquet is savoury with some 'forest floor' and dusty dried herb nuances, the palate intense and brisk, with firm acidity and some sharpness, but it's young and in need of time. It's very bright and almost nervy on the tongue, focused and precise, with good intensity if not richness or fleshiness. A keeper.

Tech stuff

Pinot Noir
Oakridge
Yarra Valley
2017
750ml
14%
Cellar to 2021
Screw Cap

Light

Full

How was it made?

A traditional winemaking approach was used to produce this wine – whole berry fermentation in open vessels for two weeks followed by an 10 month maturation in French oak barrels.

Who made it?

Oakridge was first setup in 1978 as what was originally a family company. By the turn of the century the label was gobbled up by a large Australian wine company (where it flailed) until being taken back into family hands with the talented David Bicknell on winemaking duties in 2002. Since then Oakridge - and David Bicknell - has garnered a reputation as one of our finest Chardonnay makers, with a particularly handy Pinot and Shiraz or two also in the Oakridge portfolio Oakridge is all about the Yarra Valley, and particularly the Upper Yarra where it sources much of it's fruit from. The range starts with the Over the Shoulder wines which are designed as food friendly entry-level drops that would likely find a home on wine lists around the nation. The next step up is the Estate wines, and Local Vineyard Series, which serve to highlight several different vineyards around the Yarra. Finally, the top tier is the 864 wines, including a single vineyard Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, with the Chardonnay in particular regarded as one of Australia's finer modern whites.

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