Canberra District, Southern New South Wales

Clonakilla

Canberra District Viognier 2018

Pear and apple notes on nose and palate - a touch of ginger. M+ intensity on the medium bodied palate - low acid. Coincidentally, last night I was at the Yalumba dinner at the Downs Club and sitting near Louisa Rose, ex winemaker and now Ambassador for Yalumba. Nobody in Australia would know more about the Viognier grape than Louisa. Yalumba pioneered its use and “The Virgilius” would be the leading example in Australia but this Clonakilla is also outstanding. — a month ago

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Clonakilla

Canberra District Shiraz Viognier 2014

Another favourite Australian Red but this 2014 vintage not showing as well as it normally does. I put it down to the vintage. Aromatically it is spicy but subdued; digging deeper there is earth and clove with herbs. With time, meaty aromas emerge. Perhaps more time will reveal more and provide more depth on the palate. — 4 months ago

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Helm

Half Dry Riesling 2021

Stunning. So linear, light and bright and impeccably balanced. Delicious. — 2 years ago

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Clonakilla

Canberra District Riesling 2015

Pale lemon yellow in colour. Notes of yellow and white florals, Quince, not a hint of petrol/kerosene (TDN). Still plenty of citric acid on the palate. At least 5 years left in the drinking window. — a month ago

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Ravensworth

Canberra District Shiraz Viognier 2015

See previous notes for this Cuvée - a Shiraz Viognier from the ACT made by Bryan Martin who is the winemaker at the nearby and famous Clonakilla, for Tim Kirk. Pepper and Spice with Charcuterie - in fact like a junior version of Clonakilla. Interestingly the large label has pencil images of charcuterie in a butcher’s shop. Also excellent QPR. My last bottle. — 2 months ago

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Helm

Premium Riesling 2009

Top shelf Riesling. Aging beautifully. Drank over two days. Love aged Canberra district Riesling. Generally I've found that they need at least a decade to integrate. Balance of citrus fruits and talc. So different from Eden and Clare. This will go another decade easily. — 2 years ago

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Penfolds

Bin 311 Tumbarumba Chardonnay 1954

Reductive smokey notes. Flint, honey, pear, and stone fruit. Not long or complex, but honest. For S$58 not great p/q — a day ago

Clonakilla

O'Riada Canberra District Shiraz 2021

Ann
9.5

Lakrits peppar chili grönt — a month ago

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Clonakilla

Murrumbateman Syrah 2009

See previous note from June 2019. Red florals, spice (cinnamon and nutmeg) and a little pepper. More Syrah than Shiraz if you know what I mean. The medium +bodied palate showing red and blue fruits with savoury spices. Clonakilla is very much more known for their stellar Shiraz/Viognier ( the best Cuvée of that blend in Australia). However this 100% Syrah is a wonderful expression. I’m considering the current release. Next bottle in a few years. — 6 months ago

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Eden Road

Gundagai Shiraz 2012

A truly elegant wine: poised, well integrated, concentrated, a balance of dark fruit, cherry, spice, & forest. Nuanced & complex. The last & best bottle of a case. A splendid achievement accomplished under the stewardship of Chris Coffman. Lovely. — 2 years ago