Vineyards & Winemaking
Almost fifty years of nurturing grapevines and making wine has taught the Oatley family many lessons. Site selection is paramount, that 'sense of place', as where you choose to grow your grapes is vital to both style and quality.
The Oatley approach is to overlay this philosophy with an outstanding team of grape growers and wine makers, using the best possible equipment, to allow them every chance of producing a winner.
The task is clear: to craft wines that have varietal clarity, focus and which reflect their provenance - in a very modern fashion.
Wines of character and integrity
Director of Winemaking, acclaimed vigneron Larry Cherubino, together with an acclaimed team of winemakers and viticulturists achieves this via a myriad of vineyards across key Australian wine regions, in particular West Australia’s Margaret River and Great Southern and South Australia’s McLaren Vale.
Vineyards are tended as organically as possible and wines are made with minimal intervention, reflecting a dedication to sustainable grape growing and wine production practices.
VINEYARDS – FOCUSSING ON MARGARET RIVER, GREAT SOUTHERN AND MCLAREN VALE
Australia's specialist grape growing families are the backbone of our industry. The Oatley family draw upon dozens of growers of excellence to supplement the fruit from our own vineyard in Margaret River. Wine regions represented include Margaret River, Great Southern and Pemberton (Western Australia), McLaren Vale (South Australia), and two Pinot Noirs from Yarra Valley & Mornington Peninsula (Victoria).
Margaret River, Western Australia
Climatically, Australia's most reliable wine region, not to mention one of its best known, Margaret River is the ideal home for the Bordeaux varietals Cabernet Sauvignon, Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc, and is considered by many, to be the country’s highest quality and most consistent producer of Chardonnay, producing distinctive wines of powerful structure and finesse.
Great Southern, Western Australia: Mount Barker, Denmark, Frankland River and Porongurup
Recognised by many as Australia's newest high-quality Riesling region along with an array of outstanding red wines, the Great Southern encompasses a wide spectrum of sub-districts that are delivering remarkably delicious and often age-worthy wines of tremendous success.
Pemberton, Western Australia
This little-known but highly regarded region due south of Perth and south-east of Margaret River provides outstanding cooler climate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir for our sparkling wine.
Mornington Peninsula, Victoria
Pinot Noir has found a natural home in the cool climate of the Mornington Peninsula, where a wide range of styles are grown. We prefer the lighter, varietally-precise examples, particularly from vineyards in and around Red Hill.
Yarra Valley, Victoria
The picturesque Yarra Valley is home to a number of Australia's most noted historic wineries which continue alongside some of the newest and most innovative. Its generally cool climate is well suited to Pinot Noir.
Barossa & McLaren Vale, South Australia
As a fan of South Australian shiraz for decades, we have been keen to progress the traditional styles, to wines with brighter fruit, less obvious alcohol and minimal reliance on oak. We produce award-winning Shiraz and Grenache-based wines that have proven hits with fans of these varieties.