Robert Oatley The Pennant Margaret River Chardonnay 2018 (Case 6x75cl) OWC

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£195.00 per case
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**Available for delivery End August 2020**

"The most intense Margaret River Chardonnay I have experienced in a very, very long time…"

  * Every purchase of 6 bottles will include the original wooden case 

97++ 98 - Stuart McCloskey “The 2018 Pennant is an intense power play between citrus and minerality with neither side conceding. The aromatics soar from the glass with freshly zested lemon followed by white flowers, minerals and quartz. The palate is powerful, deeply concentrated and delivers wonderful mouthfeel. The energy is quite astonishing – I love the citrus verve coupled with palate staining minerality. This is a real showstopper which is fearless and entirely unapologetic, but I must add, it is perfectly balanced. A wine which delivers maximum sensory overload and one which dazzles the taste buds. Incredibly inviting now, but I cannot wait to see how this develops with a decade in the bottle. The most intense Margaret River Chardonnay I have experienced in a very, very long time… Do not overchill, decant for 20-30 minutes. Served using Zalto Bordeaux glassware (highly recommended) for the ultimate impact!”

98 Points - Magdalena Sienkiewicz "Tasted after decanting. Another terrific release from Robert Oatley and one I’ve been looking forward to after two years of absence. The previous vintage released was the 2015 (voted the Best Chardonnay at Halliday’s 2020 Wine Companion Awards) and the 18’ is yet to be released. What a treat…

The Pennant Chardonnay 2018 screams quality and confidence. The perfume is admirably intense with rich citrus, white nectarine and plenty of sea minerals. So vibrant. The palate is truly unctuous and brimming with flavours matching the aromas and broadening further and beyond. A good lick of minerals and pink grapefruit balance the overall richness. Finally, a dusting of spice emerges on a super long finish. This is expansive and flamboyant without any clumsiness whatsoever. Let it breathe and immerse yourself in it’s remarkable intensity."

Taste & Aroma

**Available for delivery End August 2020**

  * Every purchase of 6 bottles will include the original wooden case 

97++ 98 - Stuart McCloskey “The 2018 Pennant is an intense power play between citrus and minerality with neither side conceding. The aromatics soar from the glass with freshly zested lemon followed by white flowers, minerals and quartz. The palate is powerful, deeply concentrated and delivers wonderful mouthfeel. The energy is quite astonishing – I love the citrus verve coupled with palate staining minerality. This is a real showstopper which is fearless and entirely unapologetic, but I must add, it is perfectly balanced. A wine which delivers maximum sensory overload and one which dazzles the taste buds. Incredibly inviting now, but I cannot wait to see how this develops with a decade in the bottle. The most intense Margaret River Chardonnay I have experienced in a very, very long time… Do not overchill, decant for 20-30 minutes. Served using Zalto Bordeaux glassware (highly recommended) for the ultimate impact!”

98 Points - Magdalena Sienkiewicz "Tasted after decanting. Another terrific release from Robert Oatley and one I’ve been looking forward to after two years of absence. The previous vintage released was the 2015 (voted the Best Chardonnay at Halliday’s 2020 Wine Companion Awards) and the 18’ is yet to be released. What a treat…

The Pennant Chardonnay 2018 screams quality and confidence. The perfume is admirably intense with rich citrus, white nectarine and plenty of sea minerals. So vibrant. The palate is truly unctuous and brimming with flavours matching the aromas and broadening further and beyond. A good lick of minerals and pink grapefruit balance the overall richness. Finally, a dusting of spice emerges on a super long finish. This is expansive and flamboyant without any clumsiness whatsoever. Let it breathe and immerse yourself in it’s remarkable intensity."

Glassware

Glassware

Zalto Denk-Art Bordeaux Glass

The Zalto Bordeaux glass is recommended for weightier style reds, probably our most widely used glass when tasting in house, this glass is great for many different wines. The large bowl helping aerate and soften tannins whilst accentuating the wine's depth and concentration. The Bordeaux glass is the ideal choice for Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Zinfandel, Bordeaux or Rhône style blends and many other red wines. Surprisingly, it is also the glass of choice for oaked Chardonnay, the shape of the bowl accentuating the balance of ripe fruits and oak.

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Robert Oatley

Producer

 

Founded by Robert (Bob) Oatley AO BEM in 2006, Robert Oatley Wines is a family owned winery now run by the eldest son Sandy after his farther sadly passed away in 2016. The Oatley family planted their first vines in the late 1960s and although they have made their home in Margaret River, they also have vineyards in Great Southern and McLaren Vale from which they produce a trio of labels. The pinnacle of their winemaking is The Pennant range which is produced from the very best barrels, of the most prized vineyard blocks of Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon from Margaret River and Great Southern. Bob Oatley, a fifth generation Australian whose family name can be traced back to the beginning of European settlement, has been an instrumental figure in Australian wine and was also well known for establishing Hunter Valley’s Rosemount Estate.

With the strictest of methods, the Robert Oatley team produce wines of great varietal and regional clarity. As much as possible, the vineyards are tended organically and the wines are produced with the absolute minimum of intervention with the upmost dedication to sustainable practices. The winemaking is left in the capable hands of Larry Cherubino who states, “Our constant pursuit of quality finds us among the great viticultural regions of Australia, each offering a unique combination of earth and climate, allowing vines to flourish and produce fruit with great balance. Hand harvesting, fruit sorting and intuitive winemaking delivers wines with clarity, purity, great texture and flavour expression.”

Region

Margaret River Wine

 

"The list of awards given to this tiny area in Australia’s most isolated region is endless and it’s no wonder that Margaret River is dominating Australia’s premium sector.."

 

Perched all the way over on Australia’s most south westerly tip is Margaret River. A region that accounts for less than 5% of Australia’s wine production but is responsible for 20% of the premium wines and the lion’s share of awards. Probably best known as the region that produces some of the new world’s finest Cabernet, Margaret River specialises not only in red and white, Bordeaux style wines but the region is also gaining a reputation for premium Chardonnays that rival some of the best found in Burgundy. Deep Woods have scooped up a multitude of awards across their range, including gold medals and a staggering 98 points awarded for their Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2017. Nocturne’s 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon is receiving plenty of recognition and all but one of Flowstone’s wines have been awarded 95 points or above. The list of awards given to this tiny area in Australia’s most isolated region is endless and it’s no wonder that Margaret River is dominating Australia’s premium sector.

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