This is a bit rounder and richer than many Australian Rieslings, with pronounced weight and rich texture on the palate. Instead of lime, it delivers orange blossom and orange sherbet notes that linger elegantly on the finish. Drink now–2020.— J.C.
A prime example of what Margaret River is capable of, this is a full-bodied, supple yet tannic Cabernet Sauvignon at a fair price. Notes of cedar, cassis and mocha offer ample interest, finishing rich and chewy. Drink 2013–2020.— J.C.
This full-bodied Shiraz could use a touch more textural richness, but it’s otherwise a lovely example, boasting pristine blackberry fruit and complex hints of black olive and espresso on the long finish. Drink now–2020.— J.C.
A sculpted, refined expresion of Cabernet Sauvignon, Oatley’s 2010 combines hints of mint and dark berries into a wine that offers clean, pure fruit, subtle oak shadings and a long, silky finish. Drink now–2020.— J.C.
This wine bursts from the glass with smack-you-in-the-face Gewürz aromas of roses, ginger and lychee, and doesn’t let up on the palate. It’s full and a bit viscous without getting blowsy, with lingering spice notes on the finish. An exciting development from a virtually unknown viticultural area. Drink now.— J.C.
There’s a lot to like in this effort: ample dark fruit, complex notions of tea leaves and dried grasses, and a richly textured, long finish. The wine is medium bodied and not very tannic, making it easy to sip repeatedly. Drink it over the next 8–10 years.— J.C.
Attractive and nicely balanced, featuring hints of toasted marshmallow on the nose but fruit-driven flavors of pineapple and peach on the palate. It’s medium-bodied despite its moderate alcohol level, with a lush texture and a juicy, mouthwatering finish.— J.C.
Oatley has sourced the fruit for this wine from way out in Western Australia thousands of miles from his home base, but the results show why it was worth it. The aromas and flavors seamlessly marry fig, melon and pink grapefruit notes, while the wine is mouthfilling and lush without being overweight. Drink it over…— J.C.