Reminiscent of an Etna red, or lighter southern Rhone. Scant resemblance to shiraz as I know it. The point? A swaggering Australian iteration of place and style: volcanic smoky/rocky/mineral freshness driving dark cherry, nori, root spice, a potpourri of Indian spice and floral scents long and firm. The tannins win me over: expansive, succulent and saliva-sapping. Thrust of structure and parry of fruit, all Murrumbateman; on skins for 465 days. A glimpse of the future. Excellent wine.
96 points, Wine Companion (October 2020)
Vines were first planted in the Canberra District in 1971 near Lake George by Dr Edgar Riek. The district is roughly divided into two areas, one in the Yass Valley around Murrumbateman and the other around Lake George and Bungendore. Canberra District has a cool continental climate with hot dry summers necessitating irrigation. A region of rolling hills, with elevations varying between 300 and 800 metres, means that spring frost is a real hazard, making site selection crucial. Small producers dominate the region, making handcrafted, high-quality wines particularly from Riesling, Viognier, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz.