A smooth but robust red, the 2015 Oatley Signature Series Cabernet Sauvignon offers a truly amplifying aroma and plenty of juicy flavors to delight both steadfast Cabernet lovers and well as those less beholden to the tough tannins that accompany far too many other young Cabernets. Although deeply colored and highly extracted, Oatley’s 2015 Signature Series Cabernet Sauvignon possesses a suppleness born of ripe, well-integrated tannins thanks to Margaret River’s extended hang times. In this wine, juicy blackberry, plum, and raspberry fruit, infused with hints of mint and eucalyptus, ingratiate themselves to the nose and palate. After a bit of aeration, a subtle suggestion of chocolate or cocoa emerges to further make the case for this delightful, young Cabernet. For optimal enjoyment, we suggest serving the 2015 Oatley Signature Series Cabernet Sauvignon at cool room temperature (no more than 65° F), after 15-20 minutes of aeration. Enjoy!
Wine writer Natalie MacLean has dubbed Robert Oatley’s Signature Series Cabernet Sauvignon “Heavenly Hamburger Wine.” We won’t argue with that, especially if the hamburger is a truly good grilled burger. Add some fine aged cheddar, a little ripe avocado, or a good bit of caramelized onions to that hamburger along with your favorite condiments, and a match is made in heaven. Oatley’s Signature Series Cabernet won’t disappoint. Add some truffle fries prepared with a touch of garlic and rosemary and accompanied by spicy ketchup and smooth, honey parmesan aioli and this may be as close to paradise as one can get with comfort food. A knock-out Mac-n-Cheese made with smoked Gouda and Pepper-Jack cheeses adds another layer of comfort. For those seeking lighter fare or vegetarian complements, consider serving the 2015 Signature Series Cabernet Sauvignon with a hearty lentil dish, grilled eggplant, or a toasted bun filled with a homemade vegetarian burger topped with roasted red pepper and melted cheese. Salut!
Bob Oatley and his son Sandy never intended to make wine when they planted their first vineyards in Mudgee, New South Wales more than 40 years ago. They planned to be growers of high quality grapes, cultivated as organically as possible, to sell to Australia’s most prestigious wineries. That is until their customer reneged on the deal – not an uncommon scenario back in the 1970s before most Americans even knew that Australia made any wine let alone world class wine. Bob and Sandy made a Friday afternoon decision. They produced their first wine with the help of a winemaking friend and some borrowed equipment. Since then, Robert Oatley Vineyards has grown from its original Mudgee location to include world class vineyards in Margaret River, McLaren Vale, and Yarra Valley.
Robert Oatley Vineyards fashions a variety of wines from various vineyards. The Robert Oatley Signature Series draws from estate’s remarkable portfolio of vineyards and are made by award-winning winemaker Larry Cherubino, who aspires to Bob Oatley’s philosophy that “all wines should be a darned good drink,” and that the high quality Signature Series should deliver immediate appeal, with satisfying flavors over an elegant frame, and embody the grape varietal and region in which it was grown – all of which Robert Oatley Vineyards continues to do all so well.
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