Fruit for this Reserve Selection wine was sourced from some of the Canberra District’s finest vineyards.
Our ‘Reserve Selection’ Shiraz is a sumptuous wine revealing deep, spice-laden red berry fruit and complex chocolate/mocha notes on a long, gently tannic finish!
The fruit was primarily sourced from the highly regarded Murrumbateman vineyard ‘Kyeema’, which was planted in 1984 and based on a classic old Barossa clone. It was picked late March and early April with an average Baume of 13.9.
After picking, most of the fruit was crushed and destemmed into open top fermenters and hand plunged, but up to 20% of the bunches were fermented whole, adding complex gamey characters. Once pressed the wine was matured for 17 months in a mixture of new and aged barriques.
This beautifully structured wine from a great vintage has all the depth and concentration required to age gracefully over the next 10 years.
The complex, savoury nature of this wine will pair well with rich meat and game dishes and full flavoured cheese.
Awards and Reviews
“Wonderfully fruited and complex, the wine shows lifted aromas of dark plum, blackberry, warm spice and toasted almond characters with a touch of gamey note. The palate delivers succulent fruit intensity and supple mouthfeel, backed by fleshy texture and polished tannins. Beautifully harmonious and flavoursome. At its best: now to 2027.” – Sam Kim, Wine Orbit (Five Stars, 94/100)
“It’s full-bodied, and fully reflects the depth of fruit Canberra can imbue. Cellar? The ayes have it.” – James Halliday (92/100)
“Neat and tidy medium weight Shiraz here. Shows that regional blueberry and crushed rock character with some lift of clove and pepper. Tannins are gummy and light, the wine supple as it flows long and smooth. Drinks well now but feels like cellaring will be worthy.” – Mike Bennie (92/100) (Published in Wine Business Magazine Sept/Oct 2019)