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2017 Oakridge Original Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

2017 Oakridge Original Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

$51.99 Per Bottle

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$49.99 (Buy 6 or More)

13.3%
Cellar to 2030
Screw Cap
Yarra Valley
2017
750ml
2017 Oakridge Original Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon has a rating of 5.0 stars based on 1 reviews.
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$51.99
13.3%
Cellar to 2030
Screw Cap
Yarra Valley
2017
750ml
  • THE BRIEF
  • THE FINER DETAILS
  • WHO MADE IT?
  • EXPERT REVIEWS
  • THE BRIEF
  • Celebrating their 40th anniversary with this incredible stellar Cabernet release, Oakridge and chief winemaker David Bicknell have gone back to their roots, source a special parcel of fruit from the 'original' Seville vineyard that started it all.

    Planted in the 1970s , and lovingly tended to by the now retiring Wally and Judy Zuk , Oakridge has unfurled a superlative inducing Cabernet of high repute. Pitched right in the Yarra zone, where fruit intensity and power speaks volumes without ever being saturated, it is a neatly packaged Cabernet, all 13.5% of it, with daring blackcurrant, pencil shavings and mulberry notes, over cassis, bay leaf and crystallised violet.

    It is a wine that just inches its way into your heart. 'Smooth operator' as Campbell Mattinson opined is just about right.

    It's glorious now, but will very much grow and develop with plenty of extra time in bottle. Reminds me of the future upstarts and micro-houses of Bordeaux are at, where oak regimes, barrel halls, fly-in winemakers, and large-scale fermentation are all replaced for something a little bit more closer to home and heart. There's a real small-scale, family-owned winemaking feel to this, but its lovely and an absolute class leader for the Yarra. Very limited stock as it was originally destined for a cellar-door only release.

  • THE FINER DETAILS
  • WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT?


    Cassis, cedar, mulberry and black olive. Quite medium-weighted, but pitched perfectly towards the Yarra style. Elegant, with a sharpened pencil feel to it, the fruit and tannins glide across the paper, leaving shavings of savoury, warm toast, graphite, bay leaf and spice.

  • WHO MADE IT?
  • Oakridge was first setup in 1978 as what was originally a family company. By the turn of the century the label was gobbled up by a large Australian wine company (where it flailed) until being taken back into family hands with the talented David Bicknell on winemaking duties in 2002. Since then Oakridge - and David Bicknell - has garnered a reputation as one of our finest Chardonnay makers, with a particularly handy Pinot and Shiraz or two also in the Oakridge portfolio Oakridge is all about the Yarra Valley, and particularly the Upper Yarra where it sources much of it's fruit from. The range starts with the Over the Shoulder wines which are designed as food friendly entry-level drops that would likely find a home on wine lists around the nation. The next step up is the Estate wines, and Local Vineyard Series, which serve to highlight several different vineyards around the Yarra. Finally, the top tier is the 864 wines, including a single vineyard Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, with the Chardonnay in particular regarded as one of Australia's finer modern whites.

  • EXPERT REVIEWS
  • 97 POINTS

    HUON HOOKE


    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.

    96 POINTS

    PATRICK ECKEL


    The wine has been released to celebrate 40 years since the establishment of the original vineyard in Seville and also correlates to a wonderful Yarra Cabernet vintage. The wine was cold soaked prior to ferment and macerated on skins for a further 3 weeks post, it was then matured in French oak for 15 months. A youthful red in the glass, the nose is tightly bound with redcurrant and blackberry fruit to bay leaf and green olive; cocoa and a touch of cedar oak are secondary influences. This is a wine of immense concentration and has a structure that slowly unfurls itself; it’s safe to say it has decades ahead. Bitter dark chocolate is layered amongst the layers of tannin with dark fruits having a briar edge and building in richness across the palate. There are varietal herbaceous notes that give a final embellishment to black fruits with coffee tones to finish, the length is incredible.

    95 POINTS

    JAMES HALLIDAY - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION


    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

    STEVE LESZCZYNSKI - QWINE


    Too often Chardonnay and Pinot Noir soak up the Yarra Valley spotlight, yet the region's Cabernet is first class and deserves similar praise. Here's an excellent example of that fact. From a 40 year old vineyard comes this slick piece. It sways and weaves through the mouth with absolute ease. Evocative and pretty aromas throw a welcome mat out. The fruit is fresh and bright. So soft and delicate to taste, cedary oak plays a neat supporting role. I pick up a smokey character too which I find charming. The fruit sways and moves through the mouth effortlessly. Put it away and embrace the riches this will bring with time under its belt. Beautiful! Drink 2022 for a decade plus.

    95 POINTS

    CAMPBELL MATTINSON - THE WINE FRONT


    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

    TONI PATERSON MW - THE REAL REVIEW


    A 100% varietal cabernet sauvignon, sourced from the original Oakridge vineyard. 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. Only available direct from the winery.