Written By Treve Ring Libations / White Wine Apr 4, 2010 Robert Oatley Vineyards – James Oatley Tic Tok Pinot Gris 2009 SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestAdelaide Hills, South Australia $16-18 www.robertoatley.com.auThough not too many North Americans know about Bob – I mean – Robert – Oatley, he’s quite the figure down under. A proud and passionate fifth-generation Aussie, Oatley has built a diverse family business that includes vineyards, wineries, cattle stations, thoroughbred horses and luxury tourism. If his name isn’t familiar, his wine legacy certainly is – Bob Oatley established the now famous Hunter Valley-based Rosemount Estate, producing his first commercial vintages in the early 1970s.In 2006, after leaving winemaking (his ‘retirement’ lasted one year), he returned with Robert Oatley Vineyards, now with 4 distinct wine lines. The newest range has been named James Oatley Tic Tok series – honouring Bob’s great, great grandfather James, a clockmaker, and the first of his clan to land in Sydney in 1815.Haven’t come across Tic Tok on your wine watch? Not surprising – these wines are new to BC. The catchy label caught my eye, and the intro price tag reeled me in. Glad I bit! From the cool Adelaide Hills district, flavours of creamy ripe pear, pink lady apple and fresh minerality are under the welcomed stelvin cap. Mostly fermented in stainless steel, a small portion was fermented in older oak – providing an oomph of musky complexity. Medium bodied, smooth and nicely balanced – not at all wood-weighted, but fruit-forward. A lovely little well-made surprise and one I’ll be sure to return to – especially for this price.Watch for the more established Robert Oakley Vineyards range in private liquor stores in BC.Rating: (click here to see what our wine ratings mean)AustraliaPinot GrisWhite WineWine Reviews SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Treve Ring Treve Ring is a wine writer, editor, judge, consultant and certified sommelier, and has been with EAT Magazine for over a decade.\r\n\r\nIn addition to her work with EAT, she is a Wine Critic and National Judge for ... Read More You may also like Food Events / Food News September 18, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-Island & Tofino September|October 2019 The Buzz Up-Island It’s high time for festival season! I anticipate this time of the year all year long when fresh produce is in abundance, ... Read More Food Events / Food News July 3, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-island & Tofino July|August 2019 The Buzz Up-island July 2019 “First we EAT, then we do everything else”(M.K.Fisher) – at least I do anyway. Never short of ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 The Buzz Tofino May 2019 16th Tofino Food & Wine Festival — 20 top chefs, 75 wineries and 21 breweries to indulge on June 7th – 9th. Friday kicks off The Cocktail ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 The Buzz Up-island May 2019 Living on Vancouver Island is like living in paradise; however, I think Mother Nature is possibly going to test our resilience this season with ... Read More Beer / Beer & Cider / Drink / Events / Victoria March 24, 2019 A New Beer Society in Town Victoria Beer Week launched its sixth annual festival earlier this month, which ran from March 1-9. In addition to the festival returning for another ... Read More Beer / Wineries & Breweries February 4, 2019 Vancouver Island Brewery’s New Porter and New Re-Rebrand Vancouver Island Brewery unveils new porter along with their new re-rebrand Vancouver Island Brewery held a flight night last week, in part to ... Read More Comments are closed.