Showing posts with label Canberra. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Canberra. Show all posts

Monday, August 24, 2015

2013 Collector 'Marked Tree Red' Shiraz

The 'Marked Tree Red' is winemaker Alex McKay's entry level Shiraz, with his top fruit going into his reserve Shiraz, but don't let the price tag fool you this is a seriously good climate Shiraz. Grown in the Canberra District, the wines are made in the Southern Tablelands of NSW about 40 km from Canberra.

A nice peppery nose with red berries, predominately cherry and some spice. Bright fine tannins are well integrated. An excellent wine with good length. Light yet surprisingly full bodied. I also had a chance to taste the reserve, although in smaller volume, and I suspect this is a winery to watch.

Price:      $26
Source:   Royal Queensland Food and Wine Show
Varietal:  Shiraz
Tasted:    June 2015
Rating:    94
Website:  http://www.collectorwines.com.au/

Friday, September 12, 2014

2012 Clonakilla Hilltops Shiraz

Hailing from Canberra, Clonakilla is one of Australia's finest shiraz producers. As their entry level red, the Hilltops Shiraz offers excellent value for money and is a great example of a restrained cool climate Australian shiraz.

The nose shows a hint of stalk with notes of cherry and blackcurrant.  Very nice and refined, the perfect ripeness for my taste .  Nice length on the palate with some lively fine tannins.  At this price point I might not buy again, but would happily have a glass if it were on a wine list.

Price:     $30
Varietal: Shiraz
Tasted: September 2014
Rating:   92
Website: http://www.clonakilla.com.au/

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

2013 Long Rail Gully Shiraz Cabernet

Long Rail Gully Shiraz Cabernet 2013I'm not entirely sure how this wine ended up on my wine rack, but I was pleased to find it, after a long day at work.  The Long Rail Gully vineyard resides in Murrumbateman, approximately 30 minutes north of Canberra and was first planted in 1998.

I was pleasantly suprised when I took s whiff of these to find a nicely balanced Cab/Shiraz blend with lots of black cherry and nice integration of oak.  Quite soft tannins and short lived on the palate.  Having tasted this over a couple of days I have the feeling this might not be a very long lived wine.  However, a pretty decent mid week quaffer and pleasant find for me.

 Price:     $20 (Unless you find it on your wine rack:)
Varietal: Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon
Tasted: September 2014
Rating:   90
Website: http://www.longrailgully.com.au/