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OAKRIDGE ESTATE Local Vineyard Series Willowlake 2014

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OAKRIDGE ESTATE Local Vineyard Series Willowlake Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley
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OAKRIDGE ESTATE Local Vineyard Series Willowlake Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley
  • Style: Red
  • Vintage: 2014
  • Region: Yarra Valley
  • Code: OPNLVS
  • Varietal: Pinot Noir
  • Country: Australia

Region Yarra Valley

Yarra Valley The Yarra Valley was first planted by the Ryrie brothers who explored a way through the Snowy Mountains to the Yarra Valley, planting grapes in 1838 just three years after the foundation of Melbourne. A wine industry (developed by Swiss Settlers particularly Hubert de Castella and Baron Guillaume de Pury in the 1850s) thrived during the gold rush era and heyday of the 19th century. However, the end of the gold rush brought the wine industry into decline and it was not until the 1970’s that the modern wine industry started up again. The region is probably Australia’s best-known cool-climate area, yet it is really a patchwork of meso-climates. This varied topography creates an incredible set of variables. Vineyards are planted on elevations of 50 to 400m on varying aspects and management programmes. The more exposed sites are subject to severe spring frosts and winds. Overall, the area experiences a relatively high rainfall pattern and is known for its temperature extremes

Yarra Valley

The Yarra Valley was first planted by the Ryrie brothers who explored a way through the Snowy Mountains to the Yarra Valley, planting grapes in 1838 just three years after the foundation of Melbourne. A wine industry (developed by Swiss Settlers particularly Hubert de Castella and Baron Guillaume de Pury in the 1850s) thrived during the gold rush era and heyday of the 19th century. However, the end of the gold rush brought the wine industry into decline and it was not until the 1970’s that the modern wine industry started up again. The region is probably Australia’s best-known cool-climate area, yet it is really a patchwork of meso-climates. This varied topography creates an incredible set of variables. Vineyards are planted on elevations of 50 to 400m on varying aspects and management programmes. The more exposed sites are subject to severe spring frosts and winds. Overall, the area experiences a relatively high rainfall pattern and is known for its temperature extremes during ripening. Site selection is crucial, with the best vineyards often located where the original vines were once planted, generally on sandy clay loams and gravels. The Yarra Valley is well known for high quality Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Blends with Shiraz increasingly garnering attention. Sparkling wine production is also extremely important, with many of Australia’s finest examples produced in the region.
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Winery OAKRIDGE ESTATE

Langton’s Selections Oakridge Estate 864 Chardonnay, Oakridge Estate 864 Shiraz, Oakridge Estate 864 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakridge Estate, founded in 1978, has had a longstanding reputation for quality. It has been blessed with a succession of talented winemakers but cursed by boardroom skirmishes and financial struggle. The winery, located at 864 Maroondah Highway at Coldstream in the Yarra Valley, is now under new ownership including shareholder and veteran Oakridge winemaker (of 10 vintages) Dave Bicknell. It is under his watch that Oakridge has excelled. The fruit is sourced from both company owned and independent grower vineyards. The wines are beautifully made and illustrate the idea that winemaker’s intuition and skill are completely intertwined with the idea of distinguished vineyard site. The Reserve style wines, labelled 864 and released in top vintages, are outstanding and comprise a Riesling, Chardonnay, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. However with new ownershi
Langton’s Selections Oakridge Estate 864 Chardonnay, Oakridge Estate 864 Shiraz, Oakridge Estate 864 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakridge Estate, founded in 1978, has had a longstanding reputation for quality. It has been blessed with a succession of talented winemakers but cursed by boardroom skirmishes and financial struggle. The winery, located at 864 Maroondah Highway at Coldstream in the Yarra Valley, is now under new ownership including shareholder and veteran Oakridge winemaker (of 10 vintages) Dave Bicknell. It is under his watch that Oakridge has excelled. The fruit is sourced from both company owned and independent grower vineyards. The wines are beautifully made and illustrate the idea that winemaker’s intuition and skill are completely intertwined with the idea of distinguished vineyard site. The Reserve style wines, labelled 864 and released in top vintages, are outstanding and comprise a Riesling, Chardonnay, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. However with new ownership there are bound to be further changes in the way the wines are marketed and sold. In the meantime these wines and the old reserve label are worth seeking out. They can represent some excellent buys. This is definitely a label to watch over forthcoming years. Andrew Caillard MW, Langton's
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