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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 and…Continue readingShaw Riesling Isabella Canberra 2017

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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 readingShaw Wines Vineyard Estate Merlot Canberra District 2014

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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 approached…Continue readingShaw Vineyard Estate Merriman Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Canberra District 2015

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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 several…Continue readingNew release 2014 Lerida Estate Pinot Noirs from the Canberra District

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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 palate…Continue readingLark Hill Grüner Veltliner 2015

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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 a…Continue readingA few Australian white Rhône style wines

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Lark Hill Shiraz Viognier 2014

This is another excellent shiraz viognier release from Lark Hill in the Canberra District.  The 4% viogner contribution is co-fermented with the shiraz, and adds some texture, weight and a stone fruit kernel character.  If Clonakilla has set the benchmark for the S-V blend in this region and probably for Australia, this one isn’t at…Continue readingLark Hill Shiraz Viognier 2014

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Lark Hill Riesling 2015

Jasmine.  There’s something exciting about seeing a consistent and unique floral character evolve in Lark Hill’s riesling from the Canberra District.  Terroir is frequently spoken of, but this is the real thing.  This is a super enjoyable new release, with its aromatics of jasmine, white flowers and lemon rind.  The palate is dry, the alcohol…Continue readingLark Hill Riesling 2015

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Lark Hill Viognier 2014

Viognier works in the Canberra District.  It avoids, in good hands such as those of Lark Hill, the oily and flabby characters that it can take on elsewhere.  Clonakilla opened my eyes to the potential of viognier in the region, and Lark Hill continues to affirm it here with another good viognier release at a…Continue readingLark Hill Viognier 2014

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Lark Hill Riesling 2014

Jasmine.  At least, that’s what seems to come to mind when I taste a riesling from the Canberra region.  Since a tasting of several vintages of Canberra riesling some years ago with Tim Kirk, when Clonakilla was still only almost famous, I have find myself partial to the potential of this region with the riesling…Continue readingLark Hill Riesling 2014

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Lark Hill Shiraz Viognier 2013

This is a very good shiraz viognier release from Lark Hill, certainly the most complete rendition of this Canberra region speciality that I have tasted from this producer.  Deeply coloured, it has aromatics of cherry, red plum and plum skins intermingled with some raspberry and earth characters.  There’s long length and depth on the palate,…Continue readingLark Hill Shiraz Viognier 2013

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Lark Hill Mr. V 2013

“Mr. V” from Lark Hill is a blend of marsanne, roussanne and viognier.  I loved it; it’s probably one of the more compelling versions of a white Rhône style blend that I’ve tasted locally.  There are aromatics of almond meal, green melon and an earthy character.  The palate has towards long length, together with hints…Continue readingLark Hill Mr. V 2013