2012 Oakridge Estate "Whitsend Vineyard" Cabernet Sauvignon Yarra Valley SKU #1202813


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K&L Notes

Winemaker's Notes: "Bright, vibrant purple reds. Fragrant, ripe Cabernet - cassis, blackcurrant and violets underpinned by redcurrant, chocolate and pencil lead. The presentation is of a fine, elegant medium bodied claret style that has weight and firmness yet retains its refreshing line and length. It will cellar well over 10+ years." 95 points from Wine Front Magazine: "Pretty much textbook Yarra Cabernet here. Blackcurrant, redcurrant, almost strawberry in the mix, perfume, pencils, chocolate and nougat. Medium bodied, light in touch but with dense fine grained tannin packed well into its lithe frame, juicy strawberried acidity, seamless oak integration and a fresh red fruited finish of excellent length, with a fond farewell from tannin that fans on the finish. Superb."

Staff Reviews

  • Dave Genevro
    By: Dave Genevro
    K&L Staff Member
    This is my go-to for delicious Cabernet, with great varietal character, and layers of savory, rustic elements and great textures, such as graphite. This is not overtly tannic like a lot of CA Cabs can be, but that is one of the main reasons I love it so much. This is more medium bodied, with fruit of cherries and black currants. As with all of David Bicknell's wines I have tasted, the oak integration is flawless. The purity and regional expression of this wine is just fabulous, plus it is a single vineyard bottling. When I want a Margaret River-like wine for a great price, I go with David Bicknell's Whitsend Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon...every time.
    Top Value!
  • Joe Manekin
    By: Joe Manekin
    K&L Staff Member
    GREAT CAB. This satisfying Cabernet is for: -People who like Ridge or Mount Eden Cab -Those who enjoy Cabernet with fresh fruit and a balanced hit of leafy or green notes in the background -Anyone who is seeking out top quality stuff for under $20! This is easily one of my favorite and more noteworthy Cabs I've tasted this year.
  • Nicole Osmanski
    By: Nicole Osmanski
    K&L Staff Member
    I LOVE all of the Oakridge Estate wines, but their Cab especially made an impression for its abundance of character and grace. Thyme, olive, anise, and violet lend intrigue to the wine's luscious but bright fruit. Its deep layers of flavor are offset by an almost kinetic acidity and lean body - my celebrity reference would be Katherine Hepburn: angular, energetic, and charismatic, but also refined, formidable, and complex. It's a great wine that will hold your attention, sip after sip, year after year.
  • Jim Chanteloup
    By: Jim Chanteloup
    K&L Staff Member
    The cool 2012 vintage produced this Cabernet that weighs in at 13.0 ABV...remember those? The nose has notes of cedar, pencil lead, red currant, tart cherry, earth, spice and a light floral highlight. On the palate there is juicy acidity with fine tannins framing the core of this elegant wine. This is not your sipping Napa Valley Cabernet, but begs for food to bring out its best.
  • Dulcinea Gonzalez
    By: Dulcinea Gonzalez
    K&L Staff Member
    Don't let this wine fly below your radar! Here's an absolutely awesome cool climate cab at a killer price. Showing beautiful, bright, succulent blackcurrant fruit with minty freshness, this is proof that an elegant, balanced and supremely drinkable cab can be attained at only $20 bucks!
  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    K&L Staff Member
    Old school Cabernet...or is it post-modern Cabernet...? Whatever era we're in here this is timeless, cool climate Cab. Aromas of red / blue fruit, fresh tobacco, graphite and fine oak. The wine is mid-weight, not heavily extracted, it is pure, vibrant with an excellent acid line and fine powdery tannins providing great length. The weight and flavor profile of this wine has much more in common with a cooler vintage in Bordeaux than a typical year in Napa Valley. Really great as a young wine and sure to keep on improving for many years to come. Fantastic value thanks to our direct import relationship.
    Top Value! Drink from 2015 to 2015


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