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