Rob Dolan – Yarra Valley excellence


Rob Dolan left the big boys to start his own eponymous project in the Yarra Valley in 2010. The purchase of the ‘Yarra Burn’ winery from Hardy’s the following year ensured a state of the art production facility. 2012 saw the first releases and in 2013, James Halliday dished out ‘Newcomer Winery Of The Year” for the 2014 Wine Companion awards.

There is quality across the field: from the entry level, varietal  and value True Colours range to the more elegant, refined and even better value White Label series. Rob Dolan and his team are definitely kicking some great goals.

‘True Colours,’ Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon, 2014


Passionfruit pulp, lychees, lemon pity, grassy and nutty. Crunchy acidity. Good lemon citrus, tinge of grassy-ness and a hint of soft tropical fruits. Lively without any off-putting Sauv Blanc tartness. Sunshine beckons.

RRP: $24

Alc: 13%

‘White Label,’ Bon Blanc, 2013


I’m suspecting Savagnin here with Brown pears, brown spice and a profound marmalade citrus. Palate of tart curd with citrus in the lime spectrum and a rich slightly broad yet savoury profile. Intriguing.

RRP: $30

Alc: 13.5%

‘True Colours,’ Chardonnay, 2014


Ripe fleshy nectarines with plenty of struck match oak. Spice and a hint of cheesy/leesy complexity. Stone fruit and almond meal characters. Pleasant oak treatment and finishes with good sweet/sour grapefruit.

RRP: $24

Alc: 13%


‘True Colours,’ Dry Rosé, 2013


Burned rose gold in colour. Smells of woody roses and their stems capped with orange citrus rind. Fruit sweet with tangy steely soft red fruits. The acid is a little pronounced with good structural grip, but no great shakes of flavour. Needs food.

RRP: $24

Alc: 13.5%

‘True Colours,’ Pinot Noir 2013




Smells of sappy cherry, moist earth, bacon bits, a hint of leather and little bit farty. Dark cherry and plenty of savoury meaty, darker characters. It’s even on the broody side. Lots of Pinosity and value plus.

RRP: $24

Alc: 12.5%

‘White Label,’ Pinot Noir 2013



All aboard for the spice islands! Rich 5 spice, woody with ripe plum skins. Far more delicate than its younger brother. Spice abounds through fine and dark cherry flavours. There’s a hint of the same earthy quality as the sibling, but this is that which wraps it all together, muscular and lithe. Top notch Pinot.

RRP: $35

Alc: 13%

‘White Label,’ Shiraz, 2013



Dense purple. Perfumed with dark plums, brine, woody spices and plenty of fine white pepper. Gives potent portent to the palate. Red fruits, plush and perfectly balanced with darker savoury notes. Addictive spice..not quite Melange of Arrakis, but definitely moreish. Excellent drinking.

RRP: $35

Alc: 13.5%


‘True Colours,’ Cabernet/Shiraz/Merlot, 2013



Earthy, ‘fruits of the forest’ berries, acrid smoke and green capsicum. There’s a seasoning of white pepper. Medium bodied with a distinct iron stone/blood/ferrous tone. Plentiful dark fruits, Plaistow cooking, chocolate crumbly tannins and finishes a touch tart with some Cabernet lean-green.

RRP: $24

Alc: 13.5%

‘White Label,’ Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013


This runs the full gamut of an orchestral score: Capsicum, blackcurrant, pencil shavings, earthy blue smoke and blue stone. Elegant black currant and lengthy dark fruits mark a Cello section ‘soli’ before their diminuendo into viola-like tannins, strong as section, Alto clef, mezze e fine. Cigar box spice provides the flourish, like the fluid baton marking the extra beat in a 5/4 bar…

RRP: $35

Alc: 13%

All wines samples courtesy of Rob Dolan Wines


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