6.30pm, Wednesday 30th OCTOBER 2019

at The Boot & Flogger, SE1

It was very disappointing to have to postpone this planned tasting in June.  We hope that the main reason was members being on holiday.  We are extremely pleased that Katie Macauley, Robert Oatley's UK-based business development manager, has again agreed to attend the event to guide us through the wines, and to give us some insights into the Oatley philosophies. 

As we said in June, this is a unique opportunity to try Australian wines from five different regions.  Robert Oatley Vineyards, created in 2006 from a family business, draws on long-term partnerships with a host of select growers across a diverse range of climatic regions.  Their director of wine-making is amongst the most travelled humans there is, driving thousands of kilometres throughout the growing season to oversee vineyard management from Mudgee in NSW to Margaret River in Western Australia.  The aim is to retain regional characteristics, not to make homogenised brands.

We have selected wines from the company's Signature range that uses key classic varieties from the best Oz regions.  Margaret River will provide a Sauvignon Blanc and a Chardonnay from the award winning 2016 vintage.  Our third white wine will also be from Western Australia, but features a 2017 Riesling from the up-and-coming Great Southern vineyards, cooler, and ideally suited to grow this super variety.  Our reds start with another Margaret River example – Cabernet Sauvignon, grown around the Wilyabrup area, aged in French oak for 10 months.  Moving to South Australia, we shall taste the classic G/S/M blend sourced from the southern part of
McLaren Vale.  Yarra Valley in Victoria has gained a top reputation for Pinot Noir, and Oatley's 2016 should show us why.  Our final pairing brings us back to South Oz and matches two Shiraz 2016s – one from Barossa, the other from McLaren Vale, a real spice-fest to end our journey across this vast land.

We do hope we can fill the room for this tasting to show Katie that we are a vibrant group, and that the June postponement was a one-off.

Tickets are available on application – *Members £35, guests £40.  Concessionary rates for eligible members will apply if requested in advance.

As usual, this tasting event will be followed by a light buffet. There will be some wine to re-taste at the same time – ideal to test the theories that wine tastes better with food.

The tasting, to be held on WEDNESDAY 30th OCTOBER 2019, will be at the BOOT & FLOGGER, 10/20 REDCROSS WAY, LONDON, SE1 1TA.  We shall aim to start proceedings at around 6.30pm