Robert Oatley The Pennant Great Southern Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
"Competitive success is rewarded in a myriad of ways. For wine it may be a gold medal, insport, a pennant. Both indicate excellence.Striving for excellence in wine growing strikes a balance between the natural attributes of the land and uncomplicated winemaking.Sometimes the greatest effort is required to strive for simplicity, with detailed attention in thevineyard, an uncompromising approach to fruit selection, uncomplicated winemaking andnaturally, the benefits of a great season.The greatest prize is when this is reflected in the glass."
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In the fields of wine, coffee, tourism and yacht racing, the Sydney-based Oatley family has not only made their mark nationally and internationally but has also raised Australia’s profile and boosted its prosperity. In addition to the yachting business with their Wild Oats maxi-yachts and revamping the resorts and tourism on their stunningly beautiful Hamilton Island, the family started Robert Oatley Vineyards.
Founded by the late Robert Oatley AO, as a reinforcement of the family’s on-going commitment to the Australian wine industry, first started with Rosemount Estate (1969 - 2001). The family produces award-winning wines of superb quality, value, cellar-ability and immediate appeal. ‘Accessible elegance’ is always a focus for the family.
The Oatleys have overseen dynamic vineyard projects across South Australia, New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia since the 1990’s. Today’s vineyard properties for Robert Oatley Vineyards shared and managed with long-term family friends and growers with a portfolio focus of Margaret River and McLaren Vale. The Robert Oatley wine portfolio commences with The Signature Series to The Finisterre to The Pennant Collection.
Occupying the tip of Western Australia’s spectacular southern coastline is a wine region of impressive natural diversity called the Great Southern. Here cool climate loving varieties like Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc grow in vineyards hugging its jagged coastlines. Farther inland, among Great Southern's rolling hills and flatlands, a more pronounced temperature shift between day and night is perfect for the the production of exciting Riesling as well as impressive Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz.
A noble variety bestowed with both power and concentration, Cabernet Sauvignon enjoys success all over the globe, its best examples showing potential to age beautifully for decades. Cabernet Sauvignon flourishes in Bordeaux's Medoc where it is often blended with Merlot and smaller amounts of some combination of Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. In the Napa Valley, ‘Cab’ is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious, age-worthy and sought-after “cult” wines. Somm Secret—DNA profiling in 1997 revealed that Cabernet Sauvignon was born from a spontaneous crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc in 17th century southwest France.