2014 Oakridge "Over the Shoulder" Cabernet Sauvignon Yarra Valley Victoria (Previously $15) SKU #1318550

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Tasting Notes

A K&L Exclusive Direct Import. Made by 20+-year veteran, Yarra Valley winemaker David Bicknell. David is considered by many as one of the best winemakers in all of Australia. The Over The Shoulder label is estate fruit that didn't quite make the cut for the much more expensive single-vineyard bottlings and represents excellent quality and an exceptional value.

Staff Reviews

  • Greg St. Clair
    By: Greg St. Clair
    K&L Staff Member
    Olive and cassis form the basis of the aromas of this wine, spicy nose. On the palate the wine shows richness but restrained for what you think of past Australian wines, the olive and eucalyptus might remind me of old time Alexander Valley Cabernet. Good balance in the finish, this wine will do well matching up with spicy dishes like Carne Asada.
    Drink from 2018 to 2020
  • Andrew Whiteley
    By: Andrew Whiteley
    K&L Staff Member
    Our Australian wine buyer, Stefanie, tells me that we've had this wine before, but I have no idea how it possibly slipped past me. The Over The Shoulder pinot and chard have been huge hits with the staff and our customers for several years now, but this little number has flown under the radar. I truly am astounded that this is $9.99. It has a nose like a much more serious cabernet. It's beautiful, loaded with black fruit, but it has an edgier side to it full of cedar, herbal freshness, and savor. When you get it on your palate it's very generous and easy drinking. This is a slam dunk for an every day drinker.
  • Joe Manekin
    By: Joe Manekin
    K&L Staff Member
    As with the others in the series of Oakridge "Over the Shoulder" rugby inspired bottlings, this wine is varietally spot on, well balanced, built to go extraordinarily well with food. Unlike its stable mates, however, this Cabernet is not only reasonably priced but practically being given away at $10. Red fruited, with a spicy, slightly herbaceous quality on the palate, this is honest Cab from a very good producer we import directly ourselves. Recommended.
  • Stefanie Juelsgaard
    By: Stefanie Juelsgaard
    K&L Staff Member
    A perennial customer favorite for good reason, this Cab/Merlot blend is everything you want from the Yarra Valley. The fruit is deep and husky, but the cooling ocean breezes bring lift and finesse to the wine and keep it from plushness. Structure and woodsy tannin balance the purple fruits, making this not a shy wine, but immensely drinkable still. This is a killer deal for a wine of this complexity and nuance for under $10.
    Top Value!
  • Brian Fogarty
    By: Brian Fogarty
    K&L Staff Member
    Pioneers in the upper Yarra Valley, Oakridge Winey built an oasis of food and wine for the locals of Melbourne to enjoy a beautiful atmosphere paired with locally sourced food and wine (much like Napa is to San Francisco and Sacramento). The balance they struck follows through in the wine we are able to enjoy from them stateside. The “Over the Shoulder” wines are pleasant, well structured wines focused first on the quality of the fruit harvested from the cool ridges of Yarra. This Cab-Merlot blend is expressive right away with blackberry pie and muddled wild raspberries in the glass and is complemented by cypress and bay forest notes. On the palate the berry tones are partnered with cassis and mulberry. The soft tannins give a structural platform for smoky bramble and the piney herbs you found on the nose drifting into a persistent finish.


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