Rob Dolan is no stranger to wine awards, but his latest is one for the Pool Room. Up against Cabernets and Cabernet blends from all corners of the world, the 2017 Rob Dolan Signature Series Cabernet Sauvignon (RRP $80) took home top place in the Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition.

One of the world’s most prestigious wine and spirit shows, the competition is designed and run by the most influential figures in the international wine industry. With only a limited number of trophies awarded each year, winners sit among the top wines of the world.

The win is a notch on the belt for Dolan whose recent accolades include best Cabernet Sauvignon in the 2017 Yarra Valley Wine Show and Pinot Noir of the Year with Winestate magazine. However, Dolan says this award takes the winery to a new level.

“To receive a trophy in such a prestigious event is an honour. While our recent successes have been Australia-based, this competition was us against the world.”

Master of Wine Meg Brodtmann says the win is remarkable not only for Rob Dolan, but to showcase Yarra Valley Cabernet.

“The category features wines from the top Cabernet regions in the world – such as Bordeaux, Chile and Argentina. The wines are blind tasted by some of the top palates in the world, and it’s a real testimony to the quality of Yarra Valley Cabernet, but also the winemaking skills of the team at Rob Dolan.”

Dolan has been in the wine game for 37 years. After vintages around Australia and leading winemaking teams at iconic Yarra Valley wineries, he became a legend in the region for helping build the success it enjoys today.

After years of service to the industry – supporting growers and mentoring winemakers – the region rallied to support Dolan in creating his new venture, Rob Dolan Wines 10 years ago.

“Growers lent me grapes and said, ‘pay me when you can,’ friends offered their winemaking skills, and equipment was rented and borrowed. This winery was built on people helping each other out, and I’ll never forget the kindness I experienced to get my dream off the ground.

“To receive this incredible award and be recognised on the world stage just a decade in is so humbling. To the winemaking team, our incredible growers and everyone who has supported us on this journey so far, thank you,” says Dolan.

Limited quantities of the 2017 Signature Series Cabernet Sauvignon are available for purchase online or at the Rob Dolan Cellar Door in Warrandyte South.


Mel Gilcrist – Marketing and Communications Manager
0435 711 420
21-23 Delaneys Road, Warrandyte South VIC 3134

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