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2012 Oakridge 864 Cabernet Sauvignon

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Welcome to the big league. This is Yarra Cabernet of the utmost finesse made by one of the most talented winemakers in the region. It’s still one of the unsung varieties of the Yarra but this cool climate Cabernet is one for the long haul. The 864 range represent the very pinnacle of Oakridge winemaking and are critically acclaimed and very collectable. This displays curranty aromas with notes of cedar and vanillin oak before a palate of black fruit and toasty oak. It’s structured with even tannins before a cedary persistence on the finish.

Winemaker's Notes

Colour: Bright, dark purple red

Aroma: Classic cabernet nose of cassis and blackberry underpinned with varietal leaf notes, earth and cigar box nuance. Unmistakable, fresh and bright

Palate: To taste, it is polished and proportioned. Even, filigreed, lacy tannin right across the palate from start to finish displaying blackcurrant, briar and tobacco leaf. The plummy richness contrasted by the raspberry like freshness. Line and length. Delicious, fragrant medium bodied and supple

Alc/vol: 12.4%

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2012 Oakridge 864 Cabernet Sauvignon

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James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
Hand-picked, de-stemmed, 4-day cold soak, wild yeast fermentation, 3-week post-fermentation maceration; 15 months in French oak. Sure handling and a high quality vintage has presented a cabernet of very high quality, its cassis fruit caressing every corner of the mouth, tannins in a micro-support role.
Drink by 2042
The Wine Front (2012 Vintage) says
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.
2017 - 2027+
Campbell Mattinson (2015 Vintage) says

Single Block. Winery Block. Yarra Valley floor. Vines planted in 1994.

And here we enter the wonderful medium-bodied world of Yarra Valley Cabernet. When it’s done well, as it is here, its company is such a pleasure. This tastes of pencil shavings and tobacco, chocolate and blackcurrant, with mint and mulberry as complexing agents. It’s a wine of calm assurance. It sheets tannin throughout in assertive fashion. The best course of action is to cellar it for 5+ years.

2021 - 2028+
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
Very pretty, smooth and willowy, this polished, elegant cabernet has a confiture-like bouquet of cassis, mulberries, raspberries, blueberries and dark plums entwined with fresh cedar/vanilla oak, with smoky, sage-like undertones. Underpinned by an ethereal, loose-knit spine of juicy flavour, it's medium in weight, with a sweet, juicy expression of varietal flavour finishing with length and a faint, lingering herbal aspect.
The Australian Wine Annual
Tyson Stelzer (2008 Vintage) says
Definitive Yarra Valley cabernet with medium-bodied restraint yet no lack of concentration of vibrant red berries, capsicum and finely structured tannins. A core of vibrant acidity energises the finish.
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
This is a striking wine right from the very first impression. The nose is layered up with fragrant summer berry fruits, cassis and fragrant sweet oak, and it smells both concentrated and complex. The palate delivers all that the nose promises, layers of dense, fine cabernet tannin sit in elegant shape, there's black-cherry and cassis fruit stuffed tight into the middle, and the finish makes a long, smooth and fresh impression. Very nicely crafted, it's approachable now but built for further time in bottle.
The Good Wine Guide
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Good crimson hue; blackcurrant and cedar aromas lead into a medium-bodied, long and refined palate, the flavours subtle yet multidimensional, ranging through black fruits to earth and spices.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Bright colour; vivid cabernet characters on both bouquet and palate; incisively fresh blackcurrant fruit on a notably long and persistent palate built on ripe tannin structure.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
Firm and astringent, with pleasing intensity, balance and tightness. A floral, violet-like perfume precedes a juicy expression of mulberries, plums and dark cherries, tightly knit with cedar/vanilla oak and its grainy tannin. Genuinely elegant, it finishes with plenty of length and brightness of flavour.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
A pristine, dusty and savoury cabernet whose heady, violet-like perfume of blackcurrant, mulberries, dark cherries and plums is backed by slightly gamey and cedary oak. Framed by firm and fine-grained tannins, its measured and elegant palate of vibrant fruit and cedary oak finishes with length and depth.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
Full to medium in weight, this dark, closed and brooding cabernet has a deep, cedary aroma of dark berries and chocolate. Its polished layers of dark berries, plums and cedar/chocolate oak are framed by firm, fine-grained tannins, presenting a well-structured palate of elegance and the potential to unfold with time.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
Jeremy Oliver (2001 Vintage) says
Light, simple and confectionary aromas of red berries and fight cedary oak with herbal undertones. Simple, forward and cedary, with some juiciness and sweetness before a greenish, slightly raw finish.
Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004

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