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Bob Oatley’s Wild Oats takes gold in London
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Bob Oatley’s Wild Oats has taken out gold, 25 years on from his first wine win, with a 2005 Shiraz Viognier at this year’s International Wine and Spirit Competition in London – arguably the most prestigious and certainly the longest running international wine competition of its kind.
Wild Oats is the Oatley family’s first range of wines under their new company banner: Oatley Wines, named in tribute to Bob Oatley’s tremendously successful series of maxi yachts. The six wines; including the award winning Shiraz Viognier, a Chardonnay, Rosé, Sauvignon Blanc Semillon, Pinot Grigio and Cabernet Merlot; have been on the Australian market for less than a year.
The family’s master vintner of more than 3 decades, Chris Hancock led the Oatley’s team of young winemakers; James Manners, Trent Nankivell and Bec Kidd; to produce the winning vintage at the Oatley’s winemaking home “Montrose” in Mudgee.
“How significant that exactly 25 years on from our first gold medal win for a Chardonnay — at the same show — that put both the Oatley’s and Australian wine on the international map; we’re rewarded with gold again,” Chris Hancock said.
“We’re thrilled Wild Oats Shiraz Viognier has won this medal in our first year as a new wine company. The family have invested so much into Wild Oats, the winemaking facilities, the vineyards and the young Australian winemakers who provide that special X factor that makes Wild Oats the fun and exciting range we all wanted it to be,” he said.
“Now with our new bottling line soon to be complete, we’ll have built total quality control into the whole process. This latest investment will ensure Wild Oats continues to over deliver with excellent drinkability and superior quality from vine to vessel,” he said.
Just like Wild Oats the yacht; the wines are the Oatley family’s interpretation of innovation, outstanding performance and success. Sourced from the family’s own Mudgee vineyards and other premium sites across Australia, Wild Oats wines are approachable – modern classics – crafted for immediate enjoyment and drinking.
For more information visit www.oatleywines.com.au