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2016 Oakridge Local Vineyard Series Willowlake Pinot Noir

Yarra Valley

Our Price: $36.99 / bottle (RRP: $38.00 ) Case: 6 x 750ml

'Sapid, cool and tangy red fruit, etched with the sort of fine-grained tannic composure and pulsing acidity, seldom seen outside of Burgundy.'
95 Points - James Halliday

  • The ultimately reliable LVS series from Oakridge delivers once again, with this superbly dense and brooding Willowlake Pinot Noir. Lots of spice, oodles of fragrance, and an underlying rose and earth character providing the context. Pinot at a price, what's not to love.

  • WINEMAKER'S NOTES

    A traditional winemaking approach was used to produce this wine - whole berry fermentation in oppen vessels for two weeks followed a 10 month maturation in French Oak barrels.

    TASTING NOTES

    Bright, deep dark reds with purple hues. Spicy red fruit to the fore. Whole bunch, twiggy notes, hints of wet earth over layers of brooding black cherry and blueberry. So spicy and fragrant.

    The palate is fruit forward, soft and silky. Satiny tannins. Pomegranate and rose water notes vie with blood plum and sour cherry. Very long tasting, pure yet structured at the same time. It is completed wtih a refreshing pippy-acidity.

  • REVIEWS

    'Sapid, cool and tangy red fruit, etched with the sort of fine-grained tannic composure and pulsing acidity, seldom seen outside of Burgundy. The oak sits in there somewhere, perfectly integrated. Like berries bursting through the mouth. The sweetness is detectable, yet never trop. A north-facing site, embedded with a soprano personality.'
    95 Points - James Halliday

    'Medium to full red colour with a tinge of purple. The bouquet is subtle and discreet, with nuances of toast from oak and lightly-smoked charcuterie, with underlying dark cherry. Very attractive, the palate concentrated, tight and well-structured, with grip and backbone and length. There is a nice core of fruit-sweetness. A stylish, elegant wine with persistence and ageing potential.'
    95 Points - Huon Hooke

    'This feels like a wine from a warmer year. The alcohol is clear, the fruit a little stewed. Orange rind, stewed cherries, spice and a kind of sweet woodsmoke/stem character. Tannin rolls assertively through the wine, but not inappropriately. A lively, cranberry-like aspect adds a fresher feel; overall this is a good, complex, attractive pinot noir, perhaps a little short of top echelon but still with much to offer.'
    92 Points - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front






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