Shaw Riesling Isabella Canberra 2017

From Shaw Vineyard Estate, this is a very precise expression of riesling, a variety that produces excellent wines in the Canberra region.  In the glass, the wine has aromas of stones, lemons, white flowers and smoke.  The palate gives the impression of dryness with a very lemony expression and high, racy acidity.  Drink now andContinue reading “Shaw Riesling Isabella Canberra 2017”

Shaw Wines Vineyard Estate Merlot Canberra District 2014

This is a very good merlot from Shaw Wines and the Canberra district.  The aroma reminds of cedar, black fruits, dusty plums and soy.  The palate continues the cedar character, but is balanced by ripe fruit and medium-long length on the finish.  Approachable now, it should improve with a further five years in the cellar.Continue reading “Shaw Wines Vineyard Estate Merlot Canberra District 2014”

Shaw Vineyard Estate Merriman Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Canberra District 2015

This is an outstanding cabernet sauvignon from Shaw in the Canberra District.  Who knew this region was capable of producing this level of quality with cabernet sauvignon?  Deeply coloured, it opens to classic cabernet aromas of clove and cassis.  The palate has fresh acidity, prodigious  length and quite approachable tannins.  This wine can be approachedContinue reading “Shaw Vineyard Estate Merriman Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Canberra District 2015”

New release 2014 Lerida Estate Pinot Noirs from the Canberra District

Lerida Estate have 9.6 acres of pinot noir in the Canberra District.  I think of Canberra as shiraz viognier territory and, for whites, riesling and grüner veltliner.  The reality is, as with many of Australia’s wine regions, a number of grape varieties are given their chance.  As a case in point, this producer produces severalContinue reading “New release 2014 Lerida Estate Pinot Noirs from the Canberra District”

Lark Hill Grüner Veltliner 2015

Pencil it in.  The Canberra District can do four grape varieties consistently well – shiraz/viognier blends, riesling and grüner veltliner.  Lark Hill have fashioned the benchmark grüner veltliner for this region and dare I say Australia, and the 2015 continues the seam of form.  Aromatics of white florals, star jasmine, lime and meal.  The palateContinue reading “Lark Hill Grüner Veltliner 2015”

A few Australian white Rhône style wines

I have grown quite partial to white Rhône blends, and happily, a few local versions have arrived on the doorstep over the past week or so providing quite impressive quality/value propositions.  The grape varieties involved are marsanne, roussanne and viognier in varying styles and proportions, with each satisfying in their own way. But first aContinue reading “A few Australian white Rhône style wines”