Making wine in the Yarra Valley for over 20 years has made Rob Dolan one of the great characters of the region, and is one of the people who has influenced what the Yarra Valley has become. In 2012 he released the first wines to bare his name, a range that we love, and we wanted to know a bit more about this very very good winemaker. We asked him six questions....
If you weren't a winemaker, what job would you like to do?
Own a large undercover car park next to the airport - you can't get out without paying! Or a pro golfer.
Describe yourself in three words.
Glass half full
An often asked question is 'what is the best wine you have ever made?', so what is the worst you have ever made?
A 1987 Grenache when I was working in Hunter Valley in New South Wales
Aside from your own wines, what do you drink at home?
Orange Juice or Chablis
What is you most prized possession?
My three kids - Tess, Ben & Max
Name three people, real or fictional, living or dead, that would be guests at your ideal dinner party and what would you be drinkIng?
Audrey Hepburn, Tom Hanks & The Goodies and we'd be drinking Yarra Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.
A lovely Chardonnay from this cool climate area of Australia. Bright tropical fruit mingle with very subtle vanilla oak. Contains Sulphites & Egg
A lovely crisp raspberry aroma with oriental spice leading to a superb palate of crisp red apples and a nudge of strawberry. 91pts- James Halliday Contains Sulphites & Egg
Citrussy with lychee and passion fruit aroma and a zingy fresh palate with grassy notes from a Yarra Valley legend. 92pts- James Halliday Contains Sulphites & Egg