Oakridge Wines Original Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Yarra Valley
The fruit is sourced from Oakridge’s original vineyard in Seville.
Medium to deep red/purple colour with a bright, fresh, clean cabernet aroma of sweet cassis and background cedar. The wine is medium to full-bodied, with restrained but glorious flavour, and is slightly closed. It has a tight, firm palate, but reveals more and more blackberry, blackcurrant cabernet character as it airs in the glass. It's elegant and texturally refined. A beautiful cabernet with a big future. It demands patience. (Fruit is off the original Oakridge vineyard at Seville, to mark the Oakridge 40th anniversary.)
97 points, The Real Review (March 2019)
The Original Vineyard (with a different owner) was planted on the red soils at Seville in a cooler and wetter climate than the Yarra Valley floor. The mature vines are no longer threatened by rain every vintage, and the wine is fragrant and ultra-juicy, redcurrant and cassis reflecting the 3-week maceration without a hint of extraction.
95 points, Wine Companion (September 2018)
File this under Smooth Operator. It’s cabernet sauvignon, certainly, but it’s just so sheer. Smoky, cedary oak has been let loose on mulberried, curranty, fresh-faced fruit. Quality grapes share the stage with quality oak, and tannin for that matter. It’s slightly resiny, slightly overdone, but it’s not out of whack, and it’s not overripe. It needs time, but it will mature superbly.
95 points, The Wine Front (February 2019)
A 100% varietal cabernet sauvignon, sourced from the original Oakridge vineyard that has perfectly ripe, pure aromatics of red and blue fruits. The oak has been expertly handled, introducing gentle savoury elements into the wine. The palate is beautifully reserved and gentle with fine tannins and bright acidity. It needs, as one would expect, time in the cellar to bloom.
95 points, The Real Review (March 2019)
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.