2012 Oakridge Local Vineyard Series Whitsend Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

imagePrecisely what I’m looking for in Yarra Valley Cabernet Sauvignon…even if it does include 2.5% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot. So elegant, uncluttered and timeless. I did mention to winemaker David Bicknell that the only thing missing was some Cabernet Franc for further complexity. Turns out that’s there too. 0.3% from vines mixed up in the Merlot blocks. Matured in 225 litre barriques for eighteen months.

Black and briary fruits with nuances of cherry, violets and hedgerow. Stunning clarity and freshness. Tactile tannin and fine acidity does a superb job of articulating the flavours. Reaches through the graphite back-palate with purpose and precision. Smoking jacket suggested to enhance the experience. 94+

Region: Yarra Valley
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Price: $36
Tasted: May 2014


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4 Responses to 2012 Oakridge Local Vineyard Series Whitsend Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

  1. carlos says:

    Minor edit Jez. It was all matured in 225Lt barriques, not larger format vessels. For our wine making, Cab in particular responds well to the smaller vessels. The structure versus aromatic argument.

  2. Thanks David, I’ll fix that now.

  3. knoxinus says:

    Any word Carlos when your distributor, FWP, will get hold of this in WA. Still currently trying to offload the 2011 which while an OK wine isn’t much chop next to this vintage.

  4. carlos says:

    We’re out of the ’11 and been hawking this around the trade in the last couple of weeks, so they should be sucking some up now.

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