2016 Oakridge "Over the Shoulder" Pinot Noir Yarra Valley Victoria SKU #1318551


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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 basically estate fruit that didn't quite make the cut for the much more expensive single-vineyard bottlings but still represents excellent quality and an exceptional value. This is a more elegant, medium bodied style of Pinot with very moderate alcohol. Think of it like a great bottle of Bourgogne Rouge. The 2016 Pinot is sourced from vineyards in Gladysdale (40%), Woori Yallock (39%) and Coldstream (21%) during a warm, dry growing season. Whole clusters were fermented then pressed into oak barrels for maturing. Tasting notes from the winemaker: "Deep dark cherry-red with dark red hues. Bright, spicy cherry fruit, blood plum, cinnamon, pomegranate and hints of raspberry and musk. Depth and weight apparent. Ripe yet crunchy fruit – black fruited with a weaving of lighter, red fruit detail; alpine strawberry, preserved cherry and cranberry that add a nice fruit-acidity. This in turn add a sense of line and length."

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  • Kirk Walker
    By: Kirk Walker
    K&L Staff Member
    Another great over the shoulder Pinot. This is a cannot miss value Pinot. Clean, precise Pinot Noir fruit with a hint of spice and a whisp of something floral. Medium light bodied with that great fruit resting on modest tannins and lively acidity. Nothing in the store, from any country comes close to how good this wine is for the money.
  • Jim Barr
    By: Jim Barr
    K&L Staff Member
    After forty-five or so years in wine retail, the one sales event that still gets me excited is finding really excellent, near-term wines at some ridiculously "cheap" price and convincing you to buy and try them. It is an effortless endeavor to sell the Pichon Lalandes, Opus Ones, or DRCs in today's market; when it comes to selling wines to our customers, as with this lovely Pinot Noir Gem from Oakridge Estate, it seems that it takes four times my energy to convince people to at least try them. Produced from estate vineyard blocks that did not go into the final single-vineyard productions, this excellent creation by winemaker, David Bicknell, is medium-deep ruby in color, offers distinctively floral {jasmine and roses) to black cherry, plum-like, raspberry aromas with undertones of cedar, musk, and spice {all-spice}. These characteristics carry over wonderfully to a broad, fleshy, viscous, bright palate impression with excellent balance, elegance and integration, which in turn leads to a long, soft, silky finish. Don't look at the price; it might scare you off from buying it. In any case, Rusty has ordered me to bring home at least several cases of this amazing Gem for our intermittent consumption over the next three to five years. A GREAT LOW COST VALUE! ***** 14.4% ABV ***** .....A K&L WINE MERCHANTS' DIRECT IMPORT.....
    Drink from 2017 to 2025


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