2012 Robert Oatley "Signature" Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River (Elsewhere $20)

SKU #1250883 92 points James Halliday

 Good hue and depth; the bouquet and palate sing from the same page, bringing black fruits, dried sage, black olive and oak together, and then laying a carpet of fine tannins underneath.  (3/2014)

91 points Wine & Spirits

 This gentle cabernet is long on elegance and herbal spice. It offers a rich texture without tannic overload, its foresty fruit ranging from red cherry to boysenberry. A coastal cabernet for venison or other lean meats.  (10/2014)

90 points Vinous

 Vivid ruby. Pungent scents of fresh cherry, blackcurrant and pipe tobacco, with a smoky nuance coming up with aeration. On the palate, gently sweet dark fruit flavors are sharpened by juicy acidity and a jolt of peppery spices. Tightly focused and energetic on the smoke-tinged finish, which features supple tannins and repeating spiciness. (JR)  (7/2014)

K&L Notes

Winemaker's Notes: "A full-flavoured yet finely structured Cabernet of great appeal: black berries, dried leaves and fine gravelly tannin, reflect an outstanding year in Margaret River. 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. Grapes from the northern end of Margaret River, primarily around Wilyabrup, were harvested at ideal flavour and tannin ripeness, fermented then matured for twelve months in French oak from a variety of coopers. A very good growing season has helped deliver a well-balanced wine that will develop gracefully in bottle. Enjoy now to 2022."

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By: Dave Genevro | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/1/2016 | Send Email
This Cab is a great value from the famed Margaret River region in Western Australia. 2012 has shown to be quite the ideal growing season, based on other 2012s I have had from the region. This wine generous, nuanced with a slight herb curtain in the background, with an elegant and very well incorporated structure. The blackberries, and texture of the wine are great. The tannins are not abrasive at all. The more delicate fruit would go great with any leaner meat dishes or can be enjoyed, even on one of these warmer nights, with friends or family all by itself.
Top Value!

By: Ivan Diaz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/30/2016 | Send Email
After stepping back from larger wineries (Rosemount), Robert Oatley has made a marked step toward smaller, higher quality production wines with his own new namesake label. The "Signature" Cab for under $15 is a bold, structured wine that, tasted blind, seems like it ought to cost much more. Dark, black fruit flavors of cassis and plum wash over the palate followed by smoky tobacco, pepper, mint, and olive. Pair only with hearty fare hot from the grill.

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/7/2016 | Send Email
Just a ridiculous value in Cabernet...period. Robert Oatley was the founder of one of Australia's most successful commercial wineries: Rosemount Estate. After selling his interests he has gone back to his roots as it were to create a range of wines under his own name. This "Signature Series" Cab from Margaret river is the flagship of the lineup for me. Sourced from top vineyards in the region, made by decorated winemaker Larry Cherubino (Australian Winemaker of the year in 2011) and all wrapped and delivered for $13.99?! Aromas and flavors of black and blue fruit, plum, mulberry, cassis, hints of fresh tobacco leaf and cedar shavings. A balanced 14.0% alcohol. This really delivers varietal purity and classic Margaret River character at a super economical price.
Top Value!

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world. View a list of bestselling items from Australia.

Western Australia

Specific Appellation:

Margaret River

Alcohol Content (%): 14