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Robert Oatley Finisterre Margaret River Chardonnay 2018

White Wine from Australia - Western Australia
4.200000000 star rating 5 Reviews
A wonderful example of the quality and fine-wine value that came from the vintage. With a balance of tension, freshness and generosity, this shows hints of tropical fruit, vanilla pod and nuttiness on the nose while the palate has citrus freshness, salinity and great breadth of flavour. Elegant and excellent now, it will age well too.
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Code: AU23501

Wine characteristics

  • White Wine
  • 2 - Dry
  • Chardonnay
  • 75cl
  • Now to 2028
  • 12.5% Alcohol
  • bouquet/flavour marked by oak
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Western Australia

The isolated state of Western Australia is known for its spectacular scenery, golden-sand beaches and giant Karri tree forests. A relatively cool (in Australian terms) Mediterranean climate of warm, breezy summer days and cool nights dominates the wine-producing areas. The resulting wines tend to combine fruit ripeness with freshness – an unusual combination in Australia – which makes the wines particularly appealing.

The Margaret River area was the first to suggest Western Australia’s potential for making premium wines. Elegant, ageworthy cabernet sauvignon originally put the spotlight on Margaret River and is still its trump card. Chardonnay shines here, too, as do the vibrantly fruity, zesty semillon/sauvignon blanc blends.

Further south and west you find the Great Southern sub-region, 400 kilometres from Perth. The vineyards of the Great Southern region provide 37% of all the grapes produced in Western Australia. The five sub-regions – Albany, Denmark, Frankland River,...
The isolated state of Western Australia is known for its spectacular scenery, golden-sand beaches and giant Karri tree forests. A relatively cool (in Australian terms) Mediterranean climate of warm, breezy summer days and cool nights dominates the wine-producing areas. The resulting wines tend to combine fruit ripeness with freshness – an unusual combination in Australia – which makes the wines particularly appealing.

The Margaret River area was the first to suggest Western Australia’s potential for making premium wines. Elegant, ageworthy cabernet sauvignon originally put the spotlight on Margaret River and is still its trump card. Chardonnay shines here, too, as do the vibrantly fruity, zesty semillon/sauvignon blanc blends.

Further south and west you find the Great Southern sub-region, 400 kilometres from Perth. The vineyards of the Great Southern region provide 37% of all the grapes produced in Western Australia. The five sub-regions – Albany, Denmark, Frankland River, Mount Barker and the Porongorups – all have vastly different climatic conditions, but generally Great Southern is the coolest of all of Western Australia. The long growing season, relatively low rainfall, poor soils and low yields result in high-quality wines with excellent fruit intensity. The best wines of the region are riesling (dry, almost austere, with superb definition and purity) and shiraz, though sauvignon blanc is now attracting attention too.

Further north, and closer to Perth, the Swan Valley was the first area of Western Australia to be commercially planted and despite some fierce summer temperatures can make crisp, fresh whites and full-bodied reds.
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Robert Oatley Vineyards

Entrepreneur Robert Oatley, who passed away in 2016, was no stranger to building an iconic Australian wine business, having been the founding father of the famous Rosemount Estate in the Hunter Valley. In the 1950s and 1960s he made his fortune in coffee and cocoa, and built up a portfolio of businesses ranging from cattle ranches to vineyards, not to mention a love of racing yachts that saw him underwrite Australia’s bid for glory in the 2016 America’s Cup race!

In 2002 he sold Rosemount and decided to step away from the wine business. It hardly took him a year before he was involved once more when he established Robert Oatley Vineyards with properties around Australia.

The business is based at Mudgee in New South Wales but includes projects in Western Australia, McLaren Vale and Yarra Valley. Overseeing this group is acclaimed winemaker Larry Cherubino, heading a hand-picked team of viticulturists and winemakers, all of whom have been provided with state-of-the-art equipment by Robert Oatley. The emphasis for such a wide-ranging enterprise is very much hands-on and sustainable, with intervention kept to a minimum. The emphasis here is on quality and varietal expression.

Times of Tunbridge Wells

Thick, buttery, hearty and creamy Burns Night fav Cullen kink fish soup  based on smoked haddock, incorporating both milk and potato (named after Cullen, the town where it was first made)  calls for ... ...
Thick, buttery, hearty and creamy Burns Night fav Cullen kink fish soup  based on smoked haddock, incorporating both milk and potato (named after Cullen, the town where it was first made)  calls for ... a smart barrel-fermented Australian chardonnay such as this sophisticated, mouth-filling and utterly delicious wine made by Larry Cherubino. The fruit comes from three sites in central and southern Margaret River, a temperate coastal zone to the south of Perth thats air-conditioned by the nearby warm Indian Ocean. Expect bright and complex nutty, buttery, toasty, stone fruit and nougat flavours, perky acidity and modest alcohol (just 12.5% abv); the oak is neatly dovetailed, offering both structure and setting. Persistent, detailed and  above all  such good drinking. One for fish, shellfish and roasted white meats, too. Few will be able to decline a glass of this. Just 1600 cases were made. Seamless perfection from the first sip.
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