Rob Dolan Wines
“Real wine, real people, real character” was the philosophy behind Rob Dolan’s new venture. After twenty-five years finessing his craft for some of Australia’s most respected wine labels, 2010 marked a significant milestone in Rob’s career – the year to launch his own label, aptly titled Rob Dolan Wines.
In 2011 Rob was able to purchase the Hardy’s Yarra Burn winery located in South Warrandyte, just 30 minutes from Melbourne’s CBD. 2012 saw the release of the first Rob Dolan wines from vintage 2010 crafted from fruit grown by friends and grape growers who have supported Rob throughout his time in the Yarra Valley.
In 2013 Rob Dolan Wines was announced the 2014 Newcomer Winery of the Year at the James Halliday Australian Wine Companion Awards, one of four major awards on the night and in 2015 was awarded the illustrious five red star rating. The brand has continued to grow from strength to strength with a steady increase in production, with exports to China, Singapore, Hong Kong, UK and Canada driving demand and domestic distribution also picking up in key markets.
ROB DOLAN Managing Director/Winemaker | Rob’s first experience in the Yarra Valley was as senior Winemaker at Yarra Ridge winery, one of the success stories of the 90’s and the benchmark Chardonnay and Pinot Noir of its time. During this time Rob managed the entire Southern Victorian Winemaking operation for Mildara Blass (Fosters). Rob went on to build two contract winemaking ventures and in doing so launched two highly successful Yarra Valley brands – Sticks and Punt Road (“Sticks” being Rob’s nickname as a premiership ruckman with Port Adelaide Football Club.. don’t hold that against him!)
MARK NIKOLICH Senior Winemaker | Like most Arts students, Mark drank a lot of wine. It wasn’t long until he developed a curiosity about how it was made. After a barrage of phone calls and much pleading, Rob Dolan took a punt on the fresh-faced University Graduate and recruited him to work as a cellar hand in a brand new winery in the Strathbogie Ranges. Nearly 15 years later, Mark has travelled full circle and has returned to work with Rob once again. The intervening years have seen him take on various winemaking roles around the Yarra Valley, Bendigo and France.
Rob Dolan strive to make fruit-driven, approachable, fresh and distinctly varietal wine styles that over-deliver in terms of quality and price and appeal to a wide market.
WHITE LABEL | Small batch varietal wines made with carefully selected parcels of fruit, wines display texture and complexity and offer excellent cellaring potential.
2013 Bon Blanc – 91 Halliday Points; Huon Hooke’s Top 100 New Release Wines GT WINE 2015
2014 Chardonnay – 95 Halliday Points; Gold Medal Yarra Valley Wine Show; VIC100 2015; Huon Hooke’s Top 100 New Release Wines GT WINE 2015
2013 Pinot Gris – 91 Halliday Points
2013 Pinot Noir – Gold Medal – Yarra Valley Wine Show; VIC100 2015
2012 Shiraz – 93 Halliday Points
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon – 94 Halliday Points
2015 Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc
TRUE COLOURS | Emphasis on varietal and regional character, approachable and instantly likeable, much like the man himself.
2015 Field Blend – Savagnin, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and Chardonnay
2014 Sauvignon Blanc Semillon – 92 Halliday Points
2013 Dry Rosè – 92 Halliday Points
2015 Pinot Noir
2013 Cabernet Shiraz Merlot – 90 Halliday Points
BLACK LABEL | “One-Off” parcels which aim to uncover unique varietals and styles. Each vintage the products change depending on fruit quality and availability. Some wines are available exclusively at Cellar Door or on-premises.
2015 Blanc de Blanc
2014 Four + One – Grenache, Sangiovese, Tempranillo, Barbera + Shiraz