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 could […]

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: now […]

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 chardonnay […]

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 release […]

Lark Hill Winery Grüner Veltliner 2013

Lark Hill is a benchmark for quality grüner veltliner in this country.  The 2013 vintage continues their strong form with this variety, and is the best release I’ve reviewed to date.  A pale yellow in the glass, with tinges of pink, the 2013 vintage has aromatics of medium intensity peach, nectarine and talc.  The palate […]

Lark Hill Winery Pinot Noir 2012

Lark Hill in the Canberra district have fashioned a good pinot noir here from the 2012 vintage.  Sourced from the MV6 clone, the grapes are grown at some 860 metres of altitude in the continentally influenced Canberra District.  It’s a pale intensity ruby colour in the glass.  Once there, the wine is super aromatic, with […]

Lerida Estate Lake George Pinot Noir 2011

The vineyard for Lerida Estate’s pinot noir is situated at approximately 680m of altitude near Lake George north of Canberra.  A light intensity strawberry in colour, the 2011 “Large George” pinot noir opens to closed aromatics of strawberry, stems and red cherry.  The palate has firm cherry, twigs and some stoney characters coming through, with […]

Lerida Estate Pinot Grigio 2012

I liked this 2012 pinot grigio from Lerida Estate in the Canberra district.  For those unfamiliar with the label, Lerida Estate has 19.6 acres planted to vines beside Lake George north of Canberra, with 2.94 acres under vine of pinot gris/grigio.  The 2012 pinot grigio has medium intensity aromatics of pear, apple and lemon.   […]

Lark Hill Dark Horse Viognier 2012 and Terra Felix Viognier 2009

Viognier, once seen as a successor to the reign of sauvignon blanc (or is it pinot gris, grüner veltliner, vermentino or the latest Greek arrival …), can be a troubling grape with its propensity for high alcohol coupled with unripe flavours.  When managed well though it can produce the goods, and here are two well-priced […]