2018 Robert Oatley Signature Series Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon Magnum (1500ml)
Winemaker Larry Cherubino has drawn on fruit from the Northern Margaret River sub regions of Wilyabrup, Carbunup and Cowaramup to produce this excellent Cabernet. Harvested at optimal levels of ripeness, the wine was fermented and then matured for 12 to 15 months in French oak from a variety of coopers.
Totally opaque black dark red colour with a dark red hue. Pronounced red to black currant and mulberry aromatics show excellent intensity out of glass with overlaying notes of bay leaf, cedary tobacco characters, black olive and spice also chiming in. Medium bodied the palate possesses ample richness and has a highly savoury tone to it, serving up a refined flavour profile of red to black currant and mulberry fruits over dusty cedar, tobacco leaf, dried herb, black olive and spice. Fine grained, seamlessly integrated tannins provide excellent structure. Superb depth and finesse picking up subtle accents of bay leaf on the long finish.
Drink over the next 6-8 years.
This is first-class Margaret River cabernet at an economy price. It has elegance and poise, the cassis and black-olive flavours fresh and detailed, the crisp tannins likewise. The colour, too, is bright and clear. Drink by 2033.
James Halliday – Australian Wine Companion