About this WINE
Robert Oatley Vineyards
James Halliday in his Australian Wine Companion (2013 Edition) elevated Robert Oatley Vineyards winery to the highest possible Red Five Star rating, In his words: "Outstanding winery regularly producing wines of exemplary quality and typicity."
The octagenerian Robert Oatley, yachtsman, Hamilton Island owner, businessman and founder of Rosemount Estate, is one of the most celebrated personalities in the Australian wine industry. He started his wine career in the 1960s and he quickly established a reputation as an innovative entrepreneurial wine man, creating the Rosemount Estate brand that developed an impressive pedigree.
He sold the estate in 2002, but returned to wine in 2006 by setting up his own range drawn from a variety of sources and with several labels under his umbrella, which include Wild Oats, Montrose, Tic Tok, Craigmoor and the new Robert Oatley Signature Series wines.
The Robert Oatley Signature Series encompasses an impressive portfolio of vineyards nurtured by the winemaking talent of Larry Cherubino and showcasing Australia's most successful wine styles and regions. Bob Oatley's philosophy is that all wines should be a "darned good drink"; these are indeed highly digestible wines of elegance, without undue influence of oak, representative of their origin and with a relatively restrained degree of alcohol. The flagship Signature Series delivers immediate appeal, with satisfying flavours over an elegant frame.
Each wine embodies the grape varietal and region in which it was grown, from aromatic Western Australian Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc to Pinot Noir from Mornington, luscious McLaren Vale Shiraz, and classic Margaret River Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Located on the most south-westerly point of Australia, three hours’ drive south of Perth, the Margaret River region sprang to life during the 1960s and 1970s as a result of Professor Harold Olmo’s and Dr John Gladstone’s research into the region’s viticultural potential. Consequently Vasse Felix was planted in 1967, Moss Wood in 1970 and Cullen in 1971. Since then the plantings have grown exponentially, while the number of wineries has increased six-fold. This explosion of wineries has perhaps been to the detriment of the wine quality.
Bounded to the west by the Indian Ocean and the 90km Cape Naturaliste to Cape Leeuwin promontory, the region enjoys a benign if damp maritime climate in which the vines rarely shut down, causing disrupted flowering (exacerbated by strong, westerly sea winds). Over the growing season it’s 16 percent hotter than in Coonawarra and 7% than the Médoc.
The Cape ridge is made up of lateritic clay topsoils over weathered granite and gneiss, giving fruit with a relatively high pH. Cabernet Sauvignon is the most fancied variety,producing a lush, early drinking style, followed by Shiraz, Chardonnay and Sémillon.
The most famous red wine grape in the world and one of the most widely planted.
It is adaptable to a wide range of soils, although it performs particularly well on well-drained, low-fertile soils. It has small, dusty, black-blue berries with thick skins that produce deeply coloured, full-bodied wines with notable tannins. Its spiritual home is the Médoc and Graves regions of Bordeaux where it thrives on the well-drained gravel-rich soils producing tannic wines with piercing blackcurrant fruits that develop complex cedarwood and cigar box nuances when fully mature.
The grape is widely planted in California where Cabernet Sauvignon based wines are distinguished by their rich mixture of cassis, mint, eucalyptus and vanilla oak. It is planted across Australia and with particular success in Coonawarra where it is suited to the famed Terra Rossa soil. In Italy barrique aged Cabernet Sauvignon is a key component in Super Tuscans such as Tignanello and Sassicaia, either on its own or as part of a blend with Sangiovese.