2016 Robert Oatley "Signature" Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River

SKU #1403500 95 points James Halliday

 Primarily from Wilyabrup, the remainder from Carbanup and Cowaramup, matured in French oak for 12-15 months. Bright crimson-purple; this massively overdelivers, steeped in redcurrant and cassis fruit, soft but persistent tannins, French oak joining hands with the fruit and letting out a cry of exaltation ‘you bewdy’! Drink to 2026.  (1/2019)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 Big and rich, there is plenty here for fans of full-bodied reds: juicy bramble berries, milky coffee, spice and a mouthfilling palate, with sinewy yet elegant tannins. Still in its infancy, this wine will age for decades. Drink now-2036. Cellar selection. (CP)  (8/2018)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is soft and supple enough to drink right away, boasting floral-herbal notes of sage and bay leaf layered atop cassis and cherry flavors. It's medium-bodied with a touch more textural richness than the 2015. (JC)  (12/2017)

Wine Spectator

 Rich, with sink-your-teeth-into-them tannins giving a velvety backbone to the cassis, plum and blackberry flavors. Touches of black tea and dried spice linger on the finish. Drink now through 2028. (MW)  (6/2018)

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By: Chris DePaoli | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/27/2019 | Send Email
Another great Aussie Cabernet! The Margret River region is doing some great things with the grape, Robert Oakley is a consummate producer, and the combination inevitably yields fantastic results. Flavors of blackberry and currants are readily present over dark spice and cafe au lait. Velvety now and easy to drink, it'll grow and change for years to come, it's a wonderfully priced alternative for Napa lovers.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world.

Western Australia

Specific Appellation:

Margaret River

Alcohol Content (%): 14