From Dave Bicknell’s Yarra Valley stronghold, a cool-climate Pinot Noir that has proven itself a cellar mainstay for Langton’s brokerage clients in recent years.
Built to showcase the individual profile of this single vineyard, this “Henk’s” displays long lines of light red fruit flavours and the bones to benefit from some further time in the cellar for those that way inclined.
Oakridge entered the Langton’s Classification for the first time in 2018, a testament to Bicknell’s skill and the continuing popularity of his wines.
"Medium red colour with a good tint of purple. The bouquet is discreet and holds aromas of spice and toast, roast meats and subtle smoke, the tannins quite firm and tight on the palate, lingering on the aftertaste with a pronounced grip. Nicely handled oak. A stylish pinot. (From Woori Yallock red volcanic soils, north-facing site)."
92 points, Huon Hooke (October 2017)
"Medium to deep red colour with a purple tint. The bouquet reminds of cherry liqueur, with some pot-pourri and meaty notes. The palate is thick and slightly chewy in texture, with good length and firm finish. It would take some age well."
92 points, Huon Hooke (May 2018)
"It’s a pinot noir to win folks over to the variety. It’s highly varietal, all tang and spice, but there’s a sweetness to the fruit, plenty of silk to the mouthfeel and long trails of smoke-spicy flavour extending out through the finish. Oak makes its presence felt without overstepping the mark. It’s quite seriously seductive, for its inherent quality and for the pleasure it provides. A clear ‘yes’ on this one."
93 points, Campbell Mattinson (October 2017)
"From a north-facing slope of red volcanic soil in Woori Yallock, 100% whole berry open fermentation for 3 weeks, matured for 10 months in French oak. It has all come together very well, its red fruits peppered by studs of fruit spice and bramble. Good length and balance."
96 points, James Halliday (September 2017)
Yarra ValleyThe 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.