Robert Oatley McLaren Vale Shiraz 2010
Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale, Australia
Soft, fleshy-textured Shiraz displaying blueberries and spice, supple tannins and stylish French oak influence.
Australian Wine Companion - "Deep purple-crimson; both the bouquet and palate have a clarion call of regional character, black fruits, bitter chocolate and spice in a medium- to full-bodied framework; French oak has contributed, but it is the quality of the grapes, and the controlled alcohol that make the wine what it is."
Tasting Panel - "Smooth and lush with juicy plum and berry fruit; mellow, balanced and showing lovely fresh flavors; long and stylish."
Robert Oatley Winery
Famed Australian Vintners, Bob and Sandy Oatley, founders of Rosemount Estate, began their next wine venture to pay homage to the many terrific regions of Australia and the grapes most suited to the terroir.
Wherever he makes wine, Bob Oatley's underlying philosophy is to find the right vineyard with the right soil and match it to the right variety.
With the guidance of winemaker, Larry Cherubino, Robert Oatley Vineyards shares the expression of regions, such as Margaret River, McLaren Vale, Yarra Valley, Great Southern and Central Ranges. View all Robert Oatley Wines
About McLaren ValeView a map of McLaren Vale wineries
McLaren Vale is home to the oldest Australian vineyard, with grapes planted in 1838. It's a coastal area, the Indian Ocean bordering the west, which leads to a cooling factor that prevents the grapes from getting too hot. In all, the climate is a perfect one for the vines.
Notable FactsIn McLaren Vale, there are vines as far as the eye can see. As in other parts of Australia, Shiraz and Grenache are the top grapes of the region, with some Cabernet Sauvignon planted as well. While red rules, whites are able to hold their own here too. With the warm yet reasonable Mediterranean climate, white grapes like Chardonnay, Semillon and even some Sauvignon Blanc grow well. The wines are round and smooth and the producers in the regions are excellent.
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.
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8 ratings, 4 with reviewsBVR - Orange Park, FL25/7/2014Stainbrook - Du Bois, PA38/25/2013It was fair.J Maccord - Portland, OR47/4/2013Shoblock - Ledgewood, NJ46/8/2013Steve Davenport - Washington, DC35/16/2013Robert S. - Davis, CA43/13/2013
Subdued initial aromas. Subtle oak and blackberry aromas emerge as the wine warms and airs in the glass. Bold black fruit flavors with moderate tannins and a little bit of spicy oak in the background. A little bit of alcoholic heat late in the finish when first sipped by itself on the first day. A hint of blueberry emerges in the flavors as the wine airs in the glass. Tannins smooth out a bit as the wine airs in the glass. On second day, aromas remain subdued. Flavors very much like the first day. On third day, aromas remain subdued. Flavors on third day show tannins and a hint of volatile acids in the initial flavors, with bold fruit flavors emerging after a bit of airing in the glass, although the hint of volatile acids remains. Overall, full bodied with prominent, but not overly rough, tannins that carry through the finish. At this stage, a wine that shows its character through flavors rather than aromas. Enough fruit in the flavors to stand up to the tannins, but a little more bottle age might soften the tannins and improve the wine. At its best on the first two days.212/17/2012Not sure where the 94 pts. came from. I've had much better syrahs for the same cost.212/14/2012Fair to Good, have had many shiraz's that were better.Related Products
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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 & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
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