Classic McLaren Vale GSM, but very modern-hued. Generous leather, dusky plum and black liquorice, seasoned with a salt wash and dark chocolate cherry and kept fresh with a stream of acidity. This year's is a blend of 45/40/15 GSM, sourced from Dry Creek, Pappas and Redwind vineyards, all in the Sellicks foothills. Crushed and destemmed, this went into old oak hogsheads, with the Mataro on skins for an extra 10 days after primary fermentation. Grippy, fine, firm tannins work to hold the ample, juicy fruit in check. Drinking well now and for short term. Fire up the barbie.
Dense purple-ruby in colour; spicy, oaky, blackberry bouquet with herbal notes; medium to full-bodied, dry, fruity but firm blackberry flavour carried on fresh acidity.
Shows good complexity on the nose with generously scented blackberry, raspberry, clove, a pinch of cinnamon and a piquant minty herbal note. Ripe blackberry fruit flavours come wrapped in smooth tannins with bright acidity and a light splash of chocolate. Fine value.
I’m a great fan of Pinot Noir from Australia’s Yarra Valley in the state of Victoria. Deep purple in colour, it has an intriguing bouquet of cherries, tomato leaf and rust. Medium-bodied and dry, expect a rich flavour of sun-warmed cherries with well-integrated oak carried on lively acidity
Medium ruby. Expressive typical Pinot Noir nose of small red berries and spicy notes with hints of fruit stones. Medium-bodied at most, the barely tight mid-palate has finely grained tannins that provide some structure to this Burgundy-inspired style wine that also features the ripe intense fruitiness of Australia. Ready to enjoy on grilled salmon.
Offers good varietal Cabernet style with blackcurrant, mulberry, minty eucalyptus and cedary scents on the nose. The same themes play through on the well-balanced, medium weight palate, finishing with a lick of spice and subtle oak.
Robert Oatley founded the winery that bears his name in 2006. To honor the memory of their late father, his children have created a series of Signature wines in his name. Pale straw in colour, the wine offers a spicy oak and ripe pineapple bouquet; it’s medium to full-bodied, slightly creamy on the palate with surprisingly fresh acidity on the finish.