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.
The 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, Wine Companion (December 2018)
This 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.
95 points, jamessuckling.com (August 2018)
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.
93 points, The Wine Front (November 2018)
Medium 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.
92 points, The Real Review (December 2018)
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.