Oakdene Blue Label Pinot Noir is a lovely delicate style. Pale in colour and smelling as much of undergrowth and damp leaves as strawberries and rose petals. The palate is light, with fine tannins. Therefore, it might take some time to grow on you. But make no mistake, this is a Pinot lovers Pinot. Drink Oakdene Blue Label Pinot over the next few years with some rabbit pie.
Established in 2001, Oakdene‘s vineyard is located in Wallington (near Ocean Grove) on the Bellarine Peninsula, approximately 20kms east of Geelong. The region enjoys a cool, maritime climate moderating the weather patterns, resulting in a long cool growing season; producing low yields of high-quality fruit. These are some stand out wines from a region where quality can be elusive.
Within the GI of Geelong, there is some distinctly different climates, diverse soil profiles and strong personalities. And it helps that there are quite a few producers making interesting and exciting wines here. Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz all excel but in the right site, there are plenty of other varieties that can do well.
This is the most elusive grape. It is relatively early ripening and extremely sensitive to terroir. Its perfect place on earth is the Cote d’Or in Burgundy. So haunting are great red Burgundy’s charms that growers everywhere try to emulate them. Pinot Noir is not just a one-trick pony, it can make great reds, rosé, sparkling and even sweet wines, whites on occasion and I’ve tasted a decent fortified Pinot Noir too.