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History

Robert Oatley Wines was founded as a family winery in 2006 by the late Robert (Bob) Oatley AO BEM. Today the family business www.balmoralaustralia.com is led by Bob’s eldest son Sandy Oatley who, together with his father, brother and sister, planted the first Oatley family vineyards in the late 1960’s.

Robert Oatley Wines celebrates the memory of Bob Oatley through a trio of labels: the maritime-influenced Signature Series, the specific vineyard focused Finisterre, and the best of the best barrels under The Pennant. Focussing on wines from Margaret River and McLaren Vale that consistently score over 90 points with the critics and having collected too many medals to detail, a number of the wines have been or are trophy winners but most importantly they’ve resonated with the wine-loving public around Australia and the world. As Bob Oatley said ‘they must be a darned good drink.’

 

 

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Vineyards

Director of Winemaking, acclaimed vigneron Larry Cherubino, together with an acclaimed team of winemakers and viticulturists achieves this via a myriad of vineyards across key Australian wine regions, in particular West Australia’s Margaret River and Great Southern and South Australia’s McLaren Vale.

Vineyards are tended as organically as possible and wines are made with minimal intervention, reflecting a dedication to sustainable grape growing and wine production practices.

VINEYARDS – FOCUSSING ON MARGARET RIVER, GREAT SOUTHERN AND MCLAREN VALE

Australia’s specialist grape growing families are the backbone of our industry. The Oatley family draw upon dozens of growers of excellence to supplement the fruit from our own vineyard in Margaret River. Wine regions represented include Margaret River, Great Southern and Pemberton (Western Australia) and McLaren Vale (South Australia).

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Inside information

Robert Oatley Vineyards is the reincarnation of the Oatley family winemaking dynasty. Wine is ‘in the blood’ of our late founder Bob Oatley and his eldest son Sandy, leader of the family business founded upon a four-decade passion for grape growing, wine making and marketing – the combination of which has seen the Oatley family rise to the top of the Australian winemaking scene.

With interests spanning the world of competitive sailing, tourism, hospitality and of course, wine – the family produces wines both of immediate appeal and cellar-ability, with satisfying flavours over an elegant frame.

Over forty years of nurturing grapevines and making wine has taught the Oatley family many lessons. Site selection is paramount, that ‘sense of place’, as where you choose to grow your grapes is vital to both style and quality. The Oatley approach is to overlay this philosophy with an outstanding team of grape growers and wine makers, using the best possible equipment, to allow them every chance of producing a winner.

The task is clear: to craft wines that have varietal clarity, focus and which reflect their provenance – in a very modern fashion. Wines of character and integrity.

Director of Winemaking, acclaimed vigneron Larry Cherubino, together with an acclaimed team of winemakers and viticulturists achieves this via a myriad of vineyards across key Australian wine regions, in particular West Australia’s Margaret River and Great Southern and South Australia’s McLaren Vale.

Vineyards are tended as organically as possible and wines are made with minimal intervention, reflecting a dedication to sustainable grape growing and wine production practices.

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 Tim Atkin MW, Wine Writer (United Kingdom)  tasted  1 wines  from  Robert Oatley Vineyards . In a tasting of  9 wines 

2007 Nikolaihof Steiner Hund Reserve, Kremstal / This brilliant biodynamic estate is based in the Wachau on the “wrong” side of the Danube, but this wine hails from vineyards in neighbouring Kremstal. It’s an incredible Riesling: intense, focused and minerally with remarkable texture, density and concentration. Honey, white flowers and a stony undertow, with spice, creamy lees and a finish that lasts for minutes. The wine will develop for at least another decade in bottle.

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 Ken Gargett, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  9 wines  from  Robert Oatley Vineyards . In a tasting of  16 wines 

Robert Otaley Finisterre Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 – From the Pedestal and Batley vineyards in the famed Wilyabrup sub-region of Margaret River. Two to three weeks post fermentation maceration and then 18 months in new and older French barriques. Just 400 six-packs. 


Very dark red. This is tight, youthful and really needs time. Has seriously good balance. Dry herbs, blackberries, hints of bell pepper and tobacco leaf. This is quintessential cabernet. Balance and concentration, yet light on its feet. Very fine tannins. It will do ten years standing on its head. Great stuff. My pick of the entire release for this year. 96.

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 Ken Gargett, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  6 wines  from  Robert Oatley Vineyards . In a tasting of  37 wines 

Main Ridge “Half Acre” Pinot Noir 2007 / Tasting this, after the glorious 2005, was interesting. At this stage, the older wine is the superior wine but one has to wonder whether or not, in three to five years, that the 2007 won't take the honours.


It is ripe, concentrated, tight and with plush fruits from the dark fruit end of the spectrum. Some spice and forest floor notes as well. Good acidity. At this stage, it looks considerably younger than the 2005 – the difference is quite noticeable.


Gorgeous now, and although currently pipped by the '05, it is likely to be the better wine. How exciting is that! 94 points

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