Robert Oatley The Pennant Frankland River Cabernet Sauvignon is part of Oatley’s “flagship” range of wines. The label literally flies the flag for handmade wines produced in very limited quantities, from the best barrels from some of Robert Oatley’s most prized vineyard blocks.
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. 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 Wine-making, 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.
Robert Oatley The Pennant Frankland River Cabernet Sauvignon is made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes sourced from block 12 of the 50 year old Justin Vineyard in the Frankland River wine-growing region. Frankland River is a key sub-region the south of Western Australia and is located some 115 miles to the east of Margaret River. The grapes are hand-picked and then undergo individual berry sorting into small vessels to macerate and ferment on skins for 4 to 6 weeks. The wine is then aged for 12 months in new and second fill tight grained, low toast French oak barrels. There is then a final selection of only the best barrels. Only 6 barrels were produced.
The winemaker is the the very talented Larry Cherubino.