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. Bob Oatley’s mantra was that all wines should be a “darned good drink”, and the high quality Signature Series delivers immediate appeal, with satisfying flavours over an elegant frame. Each wine embodies the grape variety and region in which it was grown.
Lovely varietal intensity in the wild strawberry and cherry, lightly savoury spectrum, vibrant and juicy, with gentle French oak influence.
The Robert Oatley Signature Series showcases well-versed regional-varietal match-ups, here in a delightful pairing of tight and bright cherry/strawberry/raspberry fruits with a deft touch of whole bunch and 20% new oak influence. While the fruit remains vibrant throughout, it’s the extra savoury layering that lifts this wine into classier territory. Juicy – tick. Spicy – tick. Now let’s talk texture, which often at this price does not impress. Here there is a definite chalkiness witnessed usually when a label brags “Reserve”. No need for hubris here – this is extraordinary value and arguably top of the class if you’re looking for a pleasing pinot in the mid $20s. Drink: 2020 to 2024; Price: $25.00; Alcohol: 12.5%; Rating: 94 Points; Tony Love
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