Oakridge Lusatia Park Vineyard Local Series 2012 Pinot Noir

[one-half-first]This is immediately different. From north facing red volcanic soils in Woori Yallock. Here we see a slightly deeper color – with more red berry fruits obvious on the nose and palate, Slightly rounder and less mineral in texture and less savory than the Guerin or Willowlake – but equally as enjoyable. Lovely length – sweet and ripe – but still in good balance. 94/100[/one-half-first][one-half]Local Lusatia Park YV Pinot 2012_front[/one-half]

Oakridge Willowlake Vineyard Local Series 2012 Pinot Noir

[one-half-first]This is from north facing red volcanic vineyard in Gladysdale – whereas the Guerin Pinot is from east facing grey volcanic soils in Gladysdale. The similarities to the Guerin are quite striking – here we see a little more lifted fruit and perfume – hints of cranberry  – maybe a little less minerality and a little more funk.  It is a tough call as to which is better. They are both remarkable wines and very similar. Very different to the Swallowfield Pinot. Lovely fine grain tannins keep everything in balance. 94/100[/one-half-first][one-half]Local Willowlake YV Pinot Noir 2012_front[/one-half]

Giant Steps Gladysdale 2012 Pinot Noir

[one-half-first]30% whole bunch and remainder destemmed but not crushed. Lovely viscosity and weight in the glass. Not dark or purple, cherry red with hints of brown on the edges. Nose shows is cool climate Upper Yarra Valley heritage. Cherry fruits with hints of briary spice – lifted perfumed aromas of smoke and raspberry . Nice acidity and structure with a hint of tannin keeping everything in balance. Lovely width and length. Very precise and concise. An enjoyable classic style. Drinks well now but has the potential to age for 3-4 years. Not a dark over extracted monster – think finesse – elegance -spice -smoke – saline – mineral. Terrible label – more like a beer label! 13.0%  94/100  $45[/one-half-first]12-gs-gladysdale-pinot-noir-web[one-half][/one-half]

The Wanderer Upper Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2012

[one-half-first]From their website – Single vineyard wine from Yellingbo, at the Southern end of the Yarra Valley. Cane pruned MV6 clone on volcanic red soil with Nth Eastern aspect at 200m elevation. 30% whole bunches. Cold soak and fermentation in open fermenters. Selected yeast. Hand plunged. Large format oak. 30% new Damy Alliers French oak for 11 months on lees. Tasted frequently touched rarely.

Lovey delicate pale cherry red colour. Nose reveals cherries, minerals, some hints of cassis amd lovely smokey forest aromas. Palate has lovely structure and weight, great length and finesse. This is not a dark heavy weight Pinot, It is all finesse and elegance with substantial length. Impressive indeed. Certainly in the Upper Yarra Valley style and has similarities to Mac Forbes style.$55.00  94/100 [/one-half-first][one-half]25_20-09-2011_8722[/one-half]

Oakridge Guerin Vineyard Local Series 2012 Pinot Noir

[one-half-first]Different to the Swallowfield, more nervous, hints of cherry raspberry, sinewy. Really complex and really interesting. Evolves in the glass. Tight for sure – cherry and perfume – hints of smoke – undergrowth – restrained subtle tannins – just waiting to explode. Reminds me a little of the Mac Forbes Woori. Minerals and forest, with a lovely base of red fruit running across the palate. Sensational. From east facing volcanic soils in Gladysdale. The Willowlake Pinot is from north facing vineyard in Gladysdale. 94/100[/one-half-first][one-half]Local Guerin YV Pinot Noir 2012_front[/one-half]

Oakridge Swallowfield Vineyard Local Series 2012 Pinot Noir

Color is a ruby red – hints of tawny – not dark or deep. Nose reveals lots of spice, smoke, forest floor, minerals – very much a savory saline style. Palate is again savory – complex and long but in a very spicy style. There is not much red fruit showing at the moment – so if you are after a cherry perfume lifted style of Pinot – this is NOT the one. I would have liked to see a little more red fruit generosity on the mid palate. Is this the terroir showing itself or the hand of the winemaker? This will probably improve over the next 12 months. Still a very classy complex Pinot with great length and texture. The Swallowfield has similarities to the Mayer Granite and I believe they are both  sourced from the same north facing red volcanic vineyard in Gembrook. 93/100