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O'Leary Walker

For more information see listing in the Clare Valley region

 

O'leary Walker brand is a Clare-based collaboration between David O'leary and Nick Walker.

 

They also have a substantial 14 ha vineyard in the southern Adelaide Hills near Oakbank dedicated to Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot.

 

 

Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

O’Leary Walker Wyebo Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Purchased:  Not ($20)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2014, creamy and leesy lychee, passionfruit and nectarine with moderate grassiness and some flint and basil notes, crisp lemony acidity (****)

O’Leary Walker Chardonnay 2013

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: June 2014, clean and lean white peach and melon with some lemon butter on the mid-palate and some matchstick on the nose, light touch of oatmeal lees, wrapped up in grapefruit acidity and discrete toasty vanilla/cashew oak (****)

O’Leary Walker Hurtle Sparkling Pinot Noir Chardonnay 2010

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: June 2014, 18 months on lees, salmon pink blush colour, rich and creamy pear, stone fruit and strawberry with toasty dough notes and a whiff of vegemite and nougat, bright quinine-like minerality and crisp acidity (****)

O’Leary Walker Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Purchased: Not ($18)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2013, aromatic and pure passionfruit, golden apple and lime with a touch of blackcurrant, fine chalky minerality with crunchy grapefruit acidity and a touch of snowpea on the flinty finish, not overly intense or sweaty (****)

O’Leary Walker Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2012

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2013, lean and crisp style despite some malo and lees work, white peach and melon with some oatmeal notes and a touch of matchstick, modest toasty vanilla oak and vibrant grapefruit acid backbone (***1/2)

O’leary Walker Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir 2012

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: June 2013,  MV6 clone, light-medium bodied sour cherry and redcurrants with some earthy and anise notes, fine tannins and a touch of toasty oak spice, varietal but not complex (***)

O’Leary Walker Wyebo Adelaide Hills Shiraz 2010

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: June 2012, from the Wyebo property in Oakbank purchased by David O’Leary’s grandfather, silky and medium-full bodied with good depth, dark plum and blueberry with liquorice, white pepper and smoked meat notes, plump and glycerolly palate with a firm acid backbone providing lift, finishes dry with toasty mocha/cinnamon/ cedar from the French oak (****)

O’Leary Walker Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir 2010

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: June 2012, MV6 clone, unfiltered, firmish but more supple than the 2009 showing earthy glazed red cherry and plum with forest fruit and dried herb nuances, light-medium bodied with very fine tannins, fresh acid and subtle oak spice on the finish (***1/2)

O’Leary Walker Wyebo Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Purchased: Not

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: June 2011, heavily worked, textured and barrel fermented but fairly intense, tangy lychee, apple and passionfruit with fresh herb and lemon grass notes, minerally with chewy savoury phenolics with zesty grapefruit acidity (****)

O’Leary Walker Wyebo Adelaide Hills Shiraz 2008

Purchased: Not

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: June 2011, intense and penetrating raspberry and mulberry with fruitcake, white pepper and violet notes, glycerolly and medium-full bodied with some gamy nuances, ample cedar/mocha/chocolate oak, wine is framed around a spine of firm acidity (***1/2)

O’Leary Walker Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir 2009

Purchased: Not

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: June 2011, MV6 clone, firm and earthy black cherry and plum with olive and mushroom notes, medium bodied, chewy tannins, assertive spicy mocha-cedar oak with fresh sappy acids (***)

O’Leary Walker Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: May 2010, long, fresh and moderately intense passionfruit, cut grass and tropical fruit with blackcurrant and herbal notes, talcy texture with chalky lemon and orange rind aspects to the finish, well balanced and a fair effort from a rather difficult vintage (****)

O’Leary Walker Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2008

Purchased: Not ($19)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: June 2009, a bit more subdued and musky than normal, gooseberry, lychee and passionfruit with some herbal and spicy vegetal notes, vibrant stone fruit and orange rind acidity (***1/2)

O’Leary Walker Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2006

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2006, clean and vibrant, lychee, and passionfruit, medium grassiness; crisp finish showing tonefruit acidity (***1/2)

O’Leary Walker Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir 2005

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2006, powerful red cherry and dark plum, gamey medium-full bodied palate with pepper and clove features, long finish with fine tannins, subtle oak (***1/2)

O’Leary Walker Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2004

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2006, lively grapefruit, nectatine and melon aromas with matchstick notes, some malo but hasn't compromised the fruit intensity, lots of toasty vanilla French oak, not quite integrated yet , crisp lemon acid finish (***1/2 )