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Original Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2021


NEW RELEASE | A classic Yarra Valley Cabernet, medium bodied and fragrant with violet plum notes.

Wine Details

Region Yarra Valley

State Victoria

Wine Type Red Wine

Variety Type Cabernet Sauvignon

Alcohol Percentage 13.7%


The Oakridge Specialty Wines range is a playful series made up of alternate varieties and experimental blends.

Tasting Notes

Dark garnet with a fading purple hue. Classic Cabernet nose - cassis and blackcurrants with a light leafy ‘sauvage’ edge. Looking deeper, there’s cinnamon and allspice, poached blood plum, hints of vanilla bean and aniseed. These flavours carry over onto the open palate, the herbal notes adding a sense of freshness to the just ripe black fruit characteristics before the plummy and bramble fruit flood across the mid-palate. Tannins are soft, inviting and velvety with hints of gravel adding to the succulence, before finishing with a lip-smacking acidity that adds both length and persistence. Classic, stylish, cool climate claret.

Vineyard Notes

This Cabernet Sauvignon was sourced from the original Oakridge Vineyard in the cool red soils of Seville.

Winemaker's Notes

All grapes hand harvested and sorted prior to gently destemming to fermenter. After a four day cold maceration, fermentation commenced and peaked at 30°C. Pump-overs were conducted twice per day, and post ferment, the wine remained on skins for an additional 4 weeks prior to pressing. The wine then spent 15 months in French oak barrels maturing before blending and bottling.

Vintage Notes

A long, cool growing season with average cropping levels and ample rainfall has resulted in wines with outstanding varietal definition and purity.

Product Reviews (2)

Halliday Wine Companion - 97pts

“One of only two wines (the other being the Horst Riesling) that Oakridge makes from the original 1978-planted Wandin vineyard. Oakridge has taken the fruit from the site since 2017 and purchased the vineyard outright in ’21. Matured for 15 months in French barriques (35% new). A bright, medium deep crimson purple. Fragrant with aromas of cassis, violets, hawthorn and cedar. Fine-boned and elegant, but not lacking concentration, there’s an old-vine creaminess on the mid-palate. While the wine’s very fine-grained and gently chewy tannins will ensure this can be cellared for a decade (or probably two), no one who opens a bottle or two along the way will be disappointed.” – Philip Rich

The Real Review - 97pts

Deep, bright red-purple colour and a similarly bright, fresh nose of blackberry, cassis and mulberry, the palate full-bodied and softly texture and adding blueberry and violet. It’s still young and primary but already there is a complexity of fruit aromas that is transporting. It’s already delicious and has a great future. An outstanding cabernet.” – Huon Hooke

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