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Review: 2007 Robert Oatley Shiraz South Australia


This line of wines, founded by 80-year-old Robert Oatley, who originated the Rosemount Estate brand, marks a return to U.S. soil from the Australian impresario.

A selection of varietals — Chardonnay, Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio,  a Cabernet-Merlot blend, and a Sangiovese Rose — are being made available, all with an avowed “modern” approach to winemaking.

Oatley’s Shiraz is very simple and easy-drinking, a fine choice for a weeknight pizza dinner or another simple meal. The wine is very dry, features a solid amount of black pepper wrapped around a dark yet mild plum core. It goes down easy but lacks much in the way of complexity, which makes it a real crowd-pleaser but not much of a memorable one. At $17, this actually feels a bit overpriced vs. the Aussie competition of late.

B+ / $17 / robertoatley.com


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Christopher Null

Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content company.

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  1. prettyinpink323 September 30, 2009

    I think that Jacob’s Creek Shiraz for the money is a good value!

  2. xbonnielassx December 13, 2009

    You can get three bottle of Banrock Station Shiraz which is just as good for the same price as one bottle of Robert Oatley.


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