The quiet achiever


By Michelle Pini


Published in Warrandyte Diary

LONG-TIME winemaker Rob Dolan has built successful brands such as Yarra Ridge and Sticks, set up contract winemaking ventures and managed a corporate wine group.

His latest venture, a contract winemaking operation and selfnamed brand, is hidden at the end of a quiet street off Wonga Road in South Warrandyte. Only in operation since 2010, Rob Dolan Wines has already managed to win the coveted James Halliday 2014 Best Newcomer Winery of the Year award. In the world of wine, a turnaround of only four years from set up to a celebrated brand is quite an achievement.

Rob’s philosophy is simple: source the best fruit available in order to make the best possible wine. He explains the winery achieves economies of scale by producing wine for several other labels and, not having vineyards to worry about, gives him the flexibility to focus on doing what he does best – making wine.

The affable winemaker says taking over the former Hardy’s Yarra Burn operation was a bonus: “To find a beautifully set-up winery here in Warrandyte, only half an hour from the city was a perfect opportunity.” Rob Dolan Wines include five varieties in the True Colours range and six under the White Label. Both labels are sourced from Yarra Valley vineyards including at Kangaroo Ground and Healesville, and both show distinctive, regional and varietal characteristics, with the White Label providing greater complexity and potential for cellaring.

Tastings at the winery are by appointment only but Rob plans to launch a cellar-door facility in the near future. In the meantime, look out for tastings happening soon at Quinton’s IGA or try a glass with dinner at the Grand Hotel, Warrandyte.

  • Rob Dolan Wines  21-23 Delaneys Road, South Warrandyte Phone 9876 5885 Tastings by Appointment.

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