How lucky is Canberra, yet another high quality winery right on our doorstep, within 30 minutes and just a couple of hundred metres north of the Barton Highway.
The short drive in from the turn-off to the cellar door tells us that we are in for a treat. A simple a no nonsense layout, well maintained and obviously a busy and vibrant wine making facility. The tasting room is adjacent to the barrel room, take some time to have a chat about their winemaking philosophy and soak up the atmosphere before wading into the tasting…..take your time, settle into the moment… you’re in for a treat!
There are are Rieslings, Chardonnays, Shiraz, Pinot Noirs and more open for your evaluations and pleasure. Such scope, there is distinctive similarity and difference in each group… time to taste.
The Chardonnay is all grown in Tumbarumba, there are two principal sites, Maragle (400 metres) and Courabyra (800 metres). All the fruit is shepherded through the fermentation process to 100% malolactic in stainless steel for the Courabyra and in oak for Maragle.
The Long Road Chardonnay 2012
A blend from both sites, full and rich without being over-powering. The flavour fills the mouth from front to back and from side to side this is a good all rounder.
Maragle Chardonnay 2013
Elegant clean fruit, long and creamy. This wine is a surprise, the winemakers have been able to give us a wine that is definitely buttery, but not viscous, a wine with flavour that pulses and ebbs giving it that something special.
Courabyra Chardonnay 2013
The fruit is complimented by the fermentation process and as a result the wine is clean and fresh allowing the flavours to shine through. Lean, long with an underlying hint of comforting cream.
The Shiraz offerings are from the three districts as labelled. All show a similar approach to fruit quality and ripeness and all have been crafted with skill and care. The wines celebrate the differences in the climates and soils of this relatively small region.
Hilltops Shiraz 2013
Blended with a little Viognier this wine is bright, open and rich with a little floral waft on the nose. Mid dark fruit flavour balanced structure and firm tannins.
Canberra Shiraz 2012
Just as as expected but better. Open dark fruit flavours, spice, structural tannins, a really well made wine, nicely matured and a pleasure to taste.
Gundagai Shiraz 2012
This wine is a real standout with spicy dark fruit aromas filling the glass. The flavours are true and the spice is strong. There is a real texture to this wine a little like the joy of biting into a new season apple, but more satisfying there is and another dimension almost gravelly? and a long firm tannin finish. Absolutely don’t miss this one!
Also please try the Gundagai Cabernet… let me know what think?