Winemaker Blog

The Reunion – 31 Years Later!

Vintage is the key period in a Winemaker's year when many long term relationships and friendships are born and on rare occasions left in tatters. In the harvest period there are long hours with people and logistics pressures. Shift work with days often 12-16 hours...

Keeping Good Wine

Cellaring good wine at home is a great responsibility, it can be hard work. Firstly, you need to not drink it, you also need to control the temperature, UV, humidity, the list goes on. When you have a great bottle you want to get all...

Vintage 2017 is fast approaching – we hope!

Vintage 2017 is fast approaching. Lately we’ve had some cool nights and warm days, perfect for ripening grapes. We are down a little on yields due to some cool wet weather in spring but quality looks excellent. The vines are balanced and we are...

WINERY NEWS | SUMMER 15/16

Well it's all happening here at Rob Dolan Wines.. bottling, bottling, bottling. We're getting all of our tanks and barrels empty, ready to be filled during the 2016 vintage. It's early days but all is on track for a superb vintage, let's hope it's as...

10 OVER 90 | The 2016 Halliday Wine Companion

The recent release of the much-awaited James Halliday Australian Wine Companion has once again been kind to us. For a winery, there is no wine review publication with more credibility than this one. It's sort of like the Brownlow medal for wines. In 2014 we were...

VINTAGE 2015 – it’s a wrap

When people ask, "hey how would you rate the 2015 vintage", instinctively I revert back to the stock line - "best vintage in living memory". As winemakers, it's what we're taught to say at uni. In reality, the stock line might not be too far from...

VINTAGE IS COMING

House Dolan | Sigil White tank bursting at seams on a crimson field | Words Make it fit If you are a Game of Thrones fan you will understand the previous statements. For the rest of you it represents how some of us view the looming three months otherwise known...

THE NEXT CROP

pictured L-R: Ben Dahlenburg (Eldorado Road), Adrian Santolin (Santolin Wines/Boy Meets Girl) and Shaun Crinion (Dappled Wines) A recent survey of Yarra Valley winemakers has found one in five has at some time in their careers worked under Rob Dolan. Ok, so I may have invented...

“SO WHAT DO YOU DO OUTSIDE OF VINTAGE??”

When winemakers resurface from the hard toils of the vintage period, friends inevitably pose the same question: “what the hell do you guys do for the rest of the year?” Firstly, we don’t just sit around tasting wine all day (that job’s for sommeliers). Wine needs...