For Best Grenache or Grenache Blend
2015 Royal Adelaide Wine Show
94 Points James Halliday
The Robert Oatley Signature Series draws on a remarkable portfolio of vineyardsnurtured by the winemaking talent of Larry Cherubino showcasing Australia’s most successful wine styles and regions. Bob Oatley’s mantra is 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 varietal and region in which it was grown.
GRENACHE SHIRAZ MOURVÈDRE All three of these grape varieties share a long history in McLaren Vale – Australia’s most successful region with this triple blend emulating the wines of Cotes du Rhone. The warm, maritime-influenced climate and red-brown loamy soils produce rich dark fruit characters and supple tannins in their exemplary red wines. A blend of 48% Grenache, 47% Shiraz and 5% Mourvedre (Mataro) from southern McLaren Vale, where the hills run down to the ocean. Fermented on skins in a combination of open and closed fermenters and matured in French oak for 6 months.
“A 47/46/7% blend, machine-harvested, open-fermented, cultured yeast, 6 months in new and used French oak. This is a really attractive GSM, with bright red juicy fruits that sweep you along to a fresh and lively finish. A touch of earth adds a sense of place.” – 94 Points James Halliday