A Gift From A Friend

As I mentioned I do not profess to be a wine expert only a wine lover.  I will try just about anything once and I’m always happy to try a wine I haven’t had before.  Recently someone brought me a bottle of James Oatley Tic Tok, a Cabernet Sauvignon from Western Australia and since my husband bbq’d up a nice steak I thought we should crack it open.

It was medium bodied with a nice fruity taste but also a bit savoury which was perfect to go with the steak, even though my husband went a bit heavy on the pepper.   I try not to criticize too much since he does all the work so happily I just drink a little more wine and smile like it’s the best meal of my life.

Since it was a gift I figured I should check out the price and found it’s $15.95 at the LCBO which is a good price point for most people for a half decent bottle of wine.

I checked out the webpage for the winery and found out the winemaker, Robert Oatley is a fifth generation Australian a direct descendant of the convict, James Oatley, who was born in Warwickshire, England in 1770, the same year that Captain Cook discovered the east coast of Australia.

James Oatley was a clockmaker who was found guilty of stealing, punished with a life sentence and sent to Australia. He was officially pardoned in 1821 he was appointed Keeper of the Town Hall Clock by Governer Macquarie.

The label on the TIC TOK bottle was designed by Bob’s grandson James, and features an arrow, representing both the hands of a clock and the British Empire’s symbol for Government Owned Property, stamped prominently on convict uniforms of the day.

Many wineries have amazing historial stories and aside from enjoying a great bottle of wine,  should you decide to gift this to one of your friends you’ll have a great story to tell during dinner.