Category Archives: Canberra

2012 Eden Road The Long Road Shiraz

This Long Road utilises mostly Gundagai fruit. It would be crass if I quoted the song that immediately comes to mind. There’s a dash from the Canberra District and the Hilltops as well. The incorporation of 15% whole bunches is pronounced. The … Continue reading

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2013 Eden Road The Long Road Pinot Gris

Grapes are sourced from a single vineyard in the Murrumbatemen area of the Canberra District. Fermentation takes place in old French hogsheads where the wine is left for six months. Before that it spends 12 hours on skins, imparting a … Continue reading

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2013 Lark Hill Grüner Veltliner

The best Australian Grüner Veltliner I’ve tasted and not just because it presents as the closest to the Austrian models. It has brisk acidity which provides excellent structure yet there is a softness and a sense of texture. It creates … Continue reading

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2013 Lark Hill Viognier

After nailing the 2012 Chardonnay, Lark Hill have done the same with the 2013 Viognier. The words ‘Biodynamic Wine’ are proudly emblazoned on these bottles and I feel that’s only right given Chris Carpenter’s commitment to this viticultural practice. What … Continue reading

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2012 Lark Hill Chardonnay

Pretty much the Chardonnay I’d always thought and hoped the Canberra District could produce. The site sits 860 metres above sea level and is over 30 years old. Winemaker Chris Carpenter has always been a strong advocate of biodynamics and … Continue reading

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2012 Clonakilla Riesling

Sold out ex winery but still available at a retail level and well worth seeking out. I first tasted it at a Clonakilla dinner next to the simply brilliant 2005 and a lovely, golden and toasty 2002. This will age … Continue reading

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Re-evaluating Australian Merlot: Taking a Step Back from Fear and Loathing

If Bordeaux is unfashionable these days amongst the wine media, sommeliers and the cognoscenti, then it’s not too far off the mark to say that Australian Merlot is loathed. There are reasons for this (apart from plain ignorance, which still … Continue reading

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2011 Four Winds Vineyard Riesling

The potential that I sensed in the 2010 release goes a long way towards being realised here. Low level sweetness (13g/l) is matched to crystalline acidity, creating a sense of tension that you don’t often see in Australian Riesling full-stop let alone … Continue reading

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2010 Clonakilla O’Riada Shiraz

I love the angular elegance Tim Kirk brings to Shiraz. The Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier has priced itself out of my range but this O’Riada makes that fact a whole lot more bearable. There’s 5% Viognier in the mix here and it’s masterfully integrated into the … Continue reading

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2010 Capital Wines The Ambassador Tempranillo

Canberra 13.2% Screwcap $27 Another impressive rendition of Tempranillo in this country. Capital Wines seem to be developing a very good working relationship with the variety. This one is bright, juicy and enticingly flavoured. Particularly impressive for six year old vines and a … Continue reading

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