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The Over The Shoulder Rosé is a slightly softer, more pillowy style of Rosé than is maybe 'in vogue' at the moment, but it's such a lovely drink. A meeting of the three Pinots: Noir, Meunier and Gris, this is a luscious, fruit-forward wine style with a cheeky personality. It's all about flavour and ease of drinking. If that was what winemaker Dave Bicknell set out to do, he's absolutely nailed it.
What it Tastes Like
"It’s not sweet, and it’s kind of subdued, though it’s certainly a richer, fleshier style. Rosehip, redcurrant and pear, a little spice too. Glycerol feel but shaped up with some chalky texture, a gentle glow of warmth, and a sort of spiced blood orange aftertaste. Works well. It’s something I’d be pretty happy to drink." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)
94 points. "A blend of pnots: 64% noir, 21% Meunier, 15% gris, hand-picked from the Upper Yarra Valley. Pink tinged with salmon, the bouquet is redolent of rose petals and spice, leading into a long, dry palate with red berry/cherry fruits; very good length and balance." - James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion) 91 points. "It’s not sweet, and it’s kind of subdued, though it’s certainly a richer, fleshier style. Rosehip, redcurrant and pear, a little spice too. Glycerol feel but shaped up with some chalky texture, a gentle glow of warmth, and a sort of spiced blood orange aftertaste. Works well. It’s something I’d be pretty happy to drink." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2019
About the Producer
Oakridge is one of the Yarra Valley’s most respected wineries. Under the direction of master winemaker Dave Bicknell, it has been a major player in defining the modern styles of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in the Yarra over the last decade. From the elite 864 range to the amazing value Over The Shoulder range, there’s quality at the core of everything Oakridge puts its hand to.
The Yarra Valley stands tall as one of the country’s finest cool-climate wine regions. Only a short jaunt from Melbourne, the Yarra has become a tourist hot-spot for its stunning scenery, high quality produce, and of course, as the home to some of the country’s most iconic wine producers. From the extraordinarily elegant Cabernets and Syrahs that populate the ‘Valley floor’, to the precise and complex versions of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir that hail from the higher climes of the Yarra, this region is diverse and in a state of change. As temperatures rise and phylloxera infiltrates each pocket of the Yarra Valley, the range of alternative varieties from continental Europe is sure to increase to create a more colourful picture of the region. The Yarra embodies so much of what is great about the modern Australian wine scene.
No variety captures the hearts and minds of the wine lover quite like Pinot Noir. It’s the unicorn of many a winemaker. Notoriously fickle to grow, this delicate red variety can deliver a kaleidoscope of flavours and aromas, from the bright and floral to the moody and mysterious and everything in between. The cooler regions of Australia are where Pinot Noir is most at home. Look to Tasmania and Victoria for the best examples, with some quality wines beginning to show from the Great Southern and from the cooler parts of NSW. Falling in love with Pinot Noir can be a life long affair, beware the charms of this most enchanting of grapes.
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