Robert Oatley Signature Series Pinot Noir is a fruity and bright Pinot Noir, part of the Signature Series that follows Bob Oatley’s mantra that all wines should be a “darned good drink”. Robert Oatley Vineyards, was founded by wine industry legend Bob Oatley in 2006, has vineyards in Western Australia, South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria, where this wine comes from.
Sadly Bob Oatley died in January 2016 but his son Sandy has taken the helm and the company remains in safe hands. He is ably assisted by Chris Hancock, the Deputy Executive Chairman who has been working for Robert Oatley for 40 years (he also makes some good wines under the Hancock & Hancock label including an excellent Cabernet / Touriga Nacional and a Fiano). Director of Winemaking, Larry Cherubino is one of Australia’s most awarded wine makers and has made vintages all over the world. Under his guidance Robert Oatley Vineyards has identified some of the best vineyards in their respective regions that show a true sense of the land. The Signature Series embodies the grape varietal and region in which it was grown.
The grapes for Oatley’s wines come from various key vineyard regions across Australia from both vineyards that the family own and from select growers with whom they work in long term partnerships. They also own three wineries in Mudgee, McLaren Vale and Margaret River (where Larry Cherubino is based).
The grapes for Robert Oatley Signature Series Pinot Noir come from the Yarra Valley, a cool climate region that is considered, by many, to be one of the very best regions for growing Pinot Noir, not just in Victoria but in all of Australia. The grapes are fermented in open fermenters, partly whole-bunch, with maceration varying between 7 and 21 days. The wine undergoes a short maturation in French oak barrels (20% of which are new).