James Oatley Tic Tok Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Cabernet Sauvignon from Australia
This wine leads the new wave of Australian Cabernets that highlight the bright ripe cherry, blackcurrant and leafy notes of the variety. Generous 'forest fruits' – ripe red berries to the fore, layered yet soft tannins and a lovely crisp, fresh finish that leaves you wanting for more.
Australian Wine Companion - "Crimson-purple; highly fragrant and very expressive, with a display of redcurrant and other red fruits, slightly darker fruit flavours lurking in the background; the faultless balance means the wine can be fully enjoyed right now. Excellent value."
James Oatley Winery
Bob Oatley’s heritage goes back to the early days of the convict settlement in Sydney. Bob is a fifth generation Australian – a direct descendant of James Oatley, who was born in Warwickshire, England in 1770, the same year that Captain Cook discovered the east coast of Australia. James Oatley grew up to become a clockmaker but along the way was a little errant in his ways - he was found guilty of stealing bed linen. Unfortunately for him at the time – but you could say, fortunately for Bob and the family – his punishment was a life sentence, which meant being transported to Australia. He arrived in Sydney in 1815 just 27 years after the first fleet had sailed into Sydney Harbour. James Oatley’s talents as a clockmaker were quickly recognised in the colony and he soon became its most highly regarded clock and watch maker. Officially pardoned in 1821 he was appointed Keeper of the Town Hall Clock by Governor Macquarie and commissioned to install the still functioning turret clock in the pediment of the Hyde Park Barracks on Macquarie Street. As part of his remuneration he received a number of land grants from Governor Brisbane, including a 300-acre lot that is now the southern Sydney suburb of Oatley. His lovely Long Case Clocks were purchased by prosperous and prominent colonial citizens, with fewer than two dozen still in existence. They trade on the antique market today for up to $500,000, but only rarely appear. Bob Oatley has crafted JAMES OATLEY TIC TOK as a tribute to his great great grandfather – five wines that reflect this proud Australian family’s passion for achieving the highest quality in the pursuit of excellence. View all James Oatley Wines
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With a landmass the size of the US, Australia has just as many appellations. Many wines are simply labeled from their state of origin. Some of these are the most popular:
New South Wales- home to Sydney and other tourist destinations, New South Wales has a smaller focused wine growing region, but many wines are a blend of these smaller appellations and so are deemed New South Wales appellation.
Western Australia– a small corner of Australia winemaking occurs on the opposite coast of the others. The largest state, Western Australia includes the smaller appellation of Margaret River.
Southeastern Australia– This appellation encompasses the states of South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria. Grapes are often trucked in from at least 2 of these states for crushing and bottling, giving the wine a more general appellation of origin. This is the broadest appellation in the country.
About AustraliaLike the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review3 }div>2.9 out of 5 stars
- 5 Stars: 4
- 4 Stars: 2
- 3 Stars: 2
- 2 Stars: 2
- 1 Stars: 5
15 ratings, 12 with reviewsgjraf - Winter Haven, FL511/30/2013
This is a good wine and dollar for dollar a great wineRaffaele Bonetti - Eagle Pass, TX211/14/2013Bill from Colorado - Longmont, CO411/7/2013
- Earth & Spicy
Our wine tasting club did a blind tasting of 6 wines from Margaret River vs. Coonawarra Australian Cabs. This James Oatley Tic Tok cab came in a close second place after Jim Barry Cover Driver cab. This is a great value wine with a big quality taste.111/6/2013
- Big & Bold
We have purchased a goodly number of your Australia Wines with good success. However, one taste of the "Tic Tok" and we knew that this was "Big & Bold" in not so good a way! The taste was exactly like vinegar and into the drain it went. It probably did a good jog of preventing future clogging.Stigs - Saint Charles, MO18/13/2013I do not agree with the 91 rating. Should be much lower. NON-Eventful.mejho - West Mifflin, PA16/4/2013This is foul, mud as another review stated is a good call. One sip and this was immediately used for cooking. Never again.MichiganCliffy - San Francisco, CA14/22/2013Tastes like mud, and not in a good way.43/12/2013
- Big & Bold
Since I am new to good wines I will be short. This wine was the best out of 7 wines I have ordered. It was light with different fruits that even I could pick out. I enjoyed it and have ordered more to keep on hand.brucejmac - Beaverton, OR22/20/2013Oh come on... Australia can do better than this -- even at this price... Doesn't even come close to an average chilean cab.31/30/2013Good wine, cannot beat the price. Will pay a few dollars more for a better wine.512/14/2012What a great Cab for the price!Westoakland - Lansing, MI511/7/2012
- Light & Fruity
I found this wine very acceptable. I would be pleased to buy this again for my every day, enjoyable CS to go with dinner.110/20/2012I may have gotten a bad bottle, but this was a very flat wine. Will try again to see if it was a fluke, but I couldn't drink more than a glassLee Calhoon - Brentwood, CA510/15/2012310/12/2012
- Smooth & Supple
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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