Oates Ends Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (95JH)


94 Points, Mike Bennie, Wine Front, “Cath Oates is a winemaker name familiar to many in the Australian wine trade, and now her last name appears on her own wines, from Willyabrup vines. The project is in tandem with family. One of those ‘watch [buy] with interest’ kind of wine offerings. Even keeled, finely formed cabernet of distinguished feel. Attractive bouquet suggests all things Margaret River in blue berries, light plumpness, bay leaf, a smidge of black olive with scents of toasty oak amongst it all. There’s fine ribbons of tannin clenching dark fruit, spice and more dried bay leaf in the palate – a long, even flow of medium weight elegance. The finish comes with a lacy flourish of tannin and freshness. It’s serious stuff, structured and detailed, well hewn, ‘classic’-feeling. An impressive release. Where were you for Oates Ends first releases..?”

James Halliday – winecompanion.com.au. 95 Points“The colour isn’t deep, but the hue is excellent; there’s a lot to please in the wine, notably its freshness and varietal expression; the tannins are fine and persistent, as they should be. A stylish medium bodied cabernet that takes you by grace, not storm. Date tasted: 19/10/2017 Drink by: 2029”

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James Halliday’s Review: Cath Oates grew up in Margaret River under the care of school teacher and farmer parents Stu and Sue Oates, the endless summers ‘shearing sheep, picking up lots of sticks and rocks, and trying to slip away to hitch a ride to the beach to avoid the tedium of work’. As vineyards started to appear, so did picking grapes on holidays and weekends, and inevitably a career in wine, originally studying viticulture but moving to winemaking after her first vintage in 1998. Then followed winemaking in Italy, NZ, the US and Margaret River, heading the team at Plantagenet. Brother Russ followed the viticultural path, and was a key player in the Wilagri Vineyard planting in 1999. The name Oates Ends came with Cath hand-picking the bunches left by the harvester at the ends of the rows.

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  1. Chris Foster

    Ray Jordan – The West Australian Wine Guide 2018. 93/100 “Impressive Cabernet from this great vintage in Margaret River. The fruit comes from Wilyabrup. So much to like from this excellent cabernet. Touch of blackcurrant, a little black olive and even a trace of graphite. It is all together engaging with an integrated palate of grainy tannins and fine-grained French oak. Effortless through to the long finish.

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