Shaw Wines Riesling 2019

The Canberra wine region does two grape varieties very well – syrah (at its best, in a northern Rhône style expression) and riesling (at its best, in a dry, tight, high acid, mineral and floral expression). To the European mind, that this combination of varieties might work in the same region is unusual. As anContinue reading “Shaw Wines Riesling 2019”

Shaw Vineyard Estate Canberra Shiraz 2014

This is a quite serious shiraz from Shaw Vineyards in Canberra. Deeply coloured in the glass, there are aromatics that remind of pepper, vanilla and spices. The palate is full bodied with firm tannins and livened up by fresh acidity, good length and impressions of blackcurrant. While this is an enjoyable wine now, it couldContinue reading “Shaw Vineyard Estate Canberra Shiraz 2014”

McW Reserve 660 Canberra Syrah 2016

Canberra and shiraz/syrah are a match.  I wasn’t quite taken by this wine though.  In the glass, there are aromas of smoke, pepper and roasted herbs.  The palate is more or less in balance, although the acidity is evident (the grapes are sourced from vines grown above 660 metres).  (Region: Canberra, Rating: Acceptable, Drink: nowContinue reading “McW Reserve 660 Canberra Syrah 2016”

Lark Hill Chardonnay 2012

Lark Hill have fashioned a very good chardonnay here from the Canberra District.  The aromatics initially lept out of the glass, reminding of nectarine, white peach and apricot.  But within a couple of minutes they settled to cooler climate grapefruit, lemon and lime expressions of chardonnay.  The palate is an exercise in cool climate chardonnayContinue reading “Lark Hill Chardonnay 2012”

Lark Hill "Eliza" Riesling 2013

This is a late harvest style riesling from Lark Hill, and it works.  A pale intensity water-white in colour, the wine opens to aromatics of pink lady apple, lemon and watermelon.  The wine on the palate is off-dry, has an impression of high acid, and has refreshing pear, apple and lemon characters.  This successful releaseContinue reading “Lark Hill "Eliza" Riesling 2013”