The Robert Oatley Signature Series draws on a remarkable portfolio of vineyards nurtured by the winemaking talent of Larry Cherubino showcasing Australia's most successful wine styles and regions.
In the 1970s Robert Oatley founded Rosemount Estate, creating accessible, easy-to-drink wines that weren't afraid to show their varietal colours with assertive flavours. Almost overnight, his wines became ‘The Taste of Australia’ and the style that defined a continent. Four decades later, Bob Oatley and his family are again playing a key role in setting a new direction for Australian wine. Never one to rest on his laurels, in 2006 and at the age of nearly 80, Bob decided it was time to redefine perceptions about the essence of Australian wine. From Robert Oatley Vineyards comes a wine style reflecting old world wine influences as well as contemporary international tastes. It's the beginning of a second Australian wine renaissance grounded in a sense of place and tradition, led by the vision of Australia's first wine statesman.
Robert said: ‘With over forty years of winemaking experience I've learnt there are two important elements when it comes to creating great wine. Firstly, the best wines show a true sense of the land - that ideal combination of grape variety and region. Secondly, they taste even better when shared with friends.’
Larry Cherubino is one of Australia's most acclaimed winemakers, with extensive experience in large and small wineries in Australia and major overseas wine regions. A graduate of Roseworthy College, Larry had a distinguished career with BRL Hardy at Tintara in South Australia and then at Houghton in Western Australia, where his wines won hundreds of awards in the highly competitive Australian and International wine show system. Larry is Director of Winemaking for Robert Oatley Vineyards.
Premium parcels of grapes were specially selected from a range of sites across the Margaret River region creating a well-balanced, medium weight style in the citrus mould. Matured for a short time in a variety of French oak barriques, twenty per cent new. They deliberately avoided the traditional secondary malolactic fermentation in order to retain the wine's long fine acidity.
This is a bright, mid-weight, white peach-accented, gently oaked wine grown on selected sites across Australia's highest performing Chardonnay region.
The Oddbins Take: Benevolent King Bob led Australian troops (i.e. Chardonnay) to a glorious victory in the 1970s and planted the big, oaky flag squarely on the wine drinking world. But in 2006, at the grand old age of 80, he appeared to soften in his old age and is now making more restrained, European-influenced wines, but still with the firm stamp of his homeland. Long may he reign, we say!