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2014 Oakridge 864 Pinot Noir

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A wine for Pinot purists, it is the ultimate expression of site. That site is a small vineyard in the Yarra Valley where winemaker Dave Bicknell waves his magic wand to conjure up the most elemental and earthy expression of Pinot possible. This is heady and perfumed with cherry, plum and earth before delivering a very pure palate of pinosity. Cherry, forest floor and savoury notes on the layered and long palate. The tannins are beautifully integrated providing a wine of infinite depth and complexity.

Winemaker's Notes

Deep, dark brooding garnet with purple hues. Ripe, dense black fruit, damsons, ripe cherry and bitter dark chocolate notes. Rich and almost fruit cake-like, but dusted with brown spice, cranberry and red currants. The texture is rich and velvety – black and blue fruited initially then a wave of red fruit that washes across the palate adding an acid line that controls and adds length. It builds in fine chamoix-like tannin and flavour as it flows across the palate. Complete, complex, intense and seductive.

Alc/vol: 13.2%

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2014 Oakridge 864 Pinot Noir

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James Halliday (2014 Vintage) says
MV6 clone, hand-picked and sorted, whole berries open-fermented, wild yeast, matured in French oak for 16 months. A beautiful wine from a great vineyard, purchased by De Bortoli in '15. It instantaneously catches you in a silken web of a multitude of red berry and plum flavours; you know the tannins are there, like children to be seen but not heard, oak likewise. One of the most beautiful Yarra Valley pinots from the vintage.
Drink by 2026
97
Campbell Mattinson (2015 Vintage) says
The Pinot Noir coming out of Oakridge is top notch. There was a time when Oakridge/Dave Bicknell was known as the Chardonnay master but it’s fair to say that the mastery has expanded. This release is smoky and sinewy and savoury, first and foremost, but it still shows sweet fruit and sweet spice; it nails both street cred and seduction. It finishes sound, chalky, appealing, persistent. Gorgeousness in a bottle.
2016 - 2025
95
Huon Hooke (2015 Vintage) says
Medium to light red/purple colour. Smoky toasty barrels and earthy foresty complexities to sniff, the palate soft and gentle, medium-bodied and superbly textured. A less-fruity young pinot of real style and quality.
2018 - 2028
93
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Bright, clear crimson-purple; the bouquet is wonderfully fragrant and pure, but it is the astounding length and drive of the palate that makes this wine so special; red fruits and fine spicy tannins are spun together like a silk brocade. Winemaking of the highest calibre by David Bicknell brings this special site to life.
Halliday's Top 100 Aussie Wines 2011 2011
97
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
To 2015
Australian Wine Companion 2011
93
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2008 Vintage) says
These days the best Oakridge wines are invariably white wines, in particular chardonnay And then they go and produce a wine like this. It isn't a show pony, that's for certain. In fact it's quite uncompromising. It's structured, earthen, tastes of rhubarb and dry, black cherry and is bell-bright in its appearance. There's some toasty, creamy oak but the wine is fast soaking it up. It needs time. And then it should be very good.
2012-2017
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11
94

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