Oakridge 864 Single Block Release Aqueduct Block Henk Vineyard Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2019

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James Halliday's Wine Companion
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James Suckling
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Gary Walsh
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Stuart Knox
SKU
ORAB201910 UCAU
$90.00 Per item
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Intensely seductive aromas of dark cherry, cranberry and pomegranate. Sweet spice elements from whole bunch inclusion and touches of earth are interwoven beautifully with the fruit and framed and by some subtle stylish oak. The palate displays lashing of fruits, the full spectrum red and blue berries cascade down the mouth. Silky tannins and balanced acidity support the fruit and provide excellent length and persistence of flavour.
Intensely seductive aromas of dark cherry, cranberry and pomegranate. Sweet spice elements from whole bunch inclusion and touches of earth are interwoven beautifully with the fruit and framed and by some subtle stylish oak. The palate displays lashing of fruits, the full spectrum red and blue berries cascade down the mouth. Silky tannins and balanced acidity support the fruit and provide excellent length and persistence of flavour.

Scores & Reviews

96 / 100

James Halliday's Wine Companion

From a north-facing site at 225m elevation, on red volcanic soils in Woori Yallock, planted in 2008 to MV6. Cropped 7t/ha. Hand harvested and sorted before destemming 80% of the berries into open fermenters, the balance whole bunches. Natural ferment lasting 21 days, then pressed to French barrels (10% new) for natural mlf and 10 months on lees, followed by another 6 months on lees in tank before bottling. The 864 Single Block wines are the pinnacle of the Oakridge range. They have the X-factor. Once again, pinot noir from the Henk vineyard rises to the occasion this vintage. If feels effortless. Perfect amalgam of aromas and flavours. The textural tannins are so velvety soft, yet add shape, with flashes of raspberry acidity throughout.

96 / 100

James Suckling

"Sourced from the Henk Vineyard, this is a fresh and lively pinot with strawberry and wild red-cherry aromas, as well as sappy and spicy notes. Some pastry, too. The palate is built on finely layered and well-groomed tannins that craft an expressive build to the cherry-soaked finish. Drink or hold."

90 / 100

Gary Walsh

"Poached strawberry and spice and white pepper, some lift, a sort of potpourri perfume and mint too. Medium-bodied, ripe red fruits with a blood orange tang, light emery tannin, moderate acidity, not the most focussed of wines, and maybe a bit warm and diffuse, but good flavour and a smoky, slightly lactic finish with fine but firm tannin to close it out. Nice enough."

96 / 100

Stuart Knox

Medium cherry-red colour with purple tints. Red cherries and raspberries leap from the glass, underneath a hint of dust and spice. Medium to full-bodied, there's distinct fruit intensity that is matched to complexing layers of sweet spices and curing meats. That intensity is matched to a firm but well-poised tannic profile, giving great length and drive to the finish. Magnificent drinking now and will only get better over time.