We’re thrilled to be able to offer you this six-bottle collection that provides insight into the philosophy of each estate while articulating the wines of Burton McMahon where these philosophies meld. There’s so much to discover from these three labels from two important Australian winemakers.
In this six-bottle case, you’ll receive one bottle each of the following Gundog Estate Indomitus Rutilus Canberra District Shiraz 2018 Gundog Estate Canberra District Shiraz 2018 Burton McMahon George's Vineyard Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2018 Burton McMahon Syme On Yarra Vineyard Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2018 Seville Estate Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2018 Seville Estate Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2018Shop
Burton Mcmahon George's Vineyard Yarra Valley Pinot Noir vines are planted on a dollop of grey sand atop red alluvials, fertility is measured and irrigation seldom, if ever, needed. This light to gently mid-weighted Pinot is a meld of Dijon 114, 115 and 777 clones.
The result is lifted and highly perfumed, akin to red berries popping along a skein of svelte herbal tannins and bright acidity. Balletic. There is a sappy succulence to this complemented by pulsating length. Ethereal and incandescent.
"Fragrant. Sweet-fruited. Lively. And attractive. A real come-hither shiraz. Kirsch, apricot, black cherry and cedar wood. Satiny. Drinks beautifully."
92 points, The Wine Front (November 2019)
"A savoury nose of cured meats, charry oak, gum-leaf and iodine. Black fruits lurking. It's brooding - a dark core of quality fruit wrapped in oak and skin tannin. A coiled spring that needs time to unravel."
93 points, The Real Review (October 2019)
"Seems more open and approachable at this stage than its Syme Vineyard stable mate, although it's still a baby of course. Aromas of lifted ripe cherry with touches of whole-bunch character and lightly smoky oak. A supple and textural palate with fresh but refined red-berry flavours and gentle tannin/acidity."
94 points, Wine Companion (March 2019)
"Pale red colour - translucent - bright at the same time. Red licorice, stewed rhubarb, wild strawberries, all framed by spicy oak and bunch-spice. Soft and balanced when sipped. A delicious pinot with lovely flesh, length underwritten by lovely red-cherry acidity. A beautiful wine."
95 points, The Real Review (December 2019)
"A gamey, almost reductive character is the first impression on the bouquet, then sour cherry and rhubarb come through as it sits in the glass. In the mouth, there's a distinctive pinot flavour profile, the flavours building and fanning out as it moves along the palate. Ripe but grippy astringency extends through the finish. Needs time."
93 points, Wine Companion (March 2019)
"The vivid crimson hue has the clarity the best pinot noir winemakers achieve. It's all about appearing to keep your hands off - you have to meet pinot on the terms it dictates, and understand the vinous alchemy at work. The length of this wine will hit you the moment you wonder whether it's not coming. But it's then relentless, with aromas and flavours of wild strawberries, cherries (red and black), and pomegranate."
96 points, Wine Companion (March 2019)
"Red fruits, almond biscuits, slight floral top note, gentle spicy oak. a little smoky reduction and bunchy greenery. Light to medium-bodied, delicate and charming, and while it’s not the most complex of wines (as yet), does beguile and dance lightly, drinks well, and finishes sure-footed and long. In amongst all that, the acidity feels clean and pure, and the tannin is light with a gentle emery feel. Charming."
93+ points, The Wine Front (July 2019)
"Elegant, but you can sense the tight hold on the vinification of the wine to achieve this result. Juicy versus savoury clues abound. Exemplary balance."
95 points, Wine Companion (March 2019)
"White peach, lime, nougat and vanilla, just a little spice and smokiness. Medium-bodied, gloss and glide, silky flavour, but flinty and cut with green olive and green herb, in amongst the cool white fruits and almond, finish is firm and long. Beautifully made. Upper Yarra verve and style delivered so well."
94 points, The Wine Front (August 2019)
Yarra ValleyThe Yarra Valley was first planted by the Ryrie brothers who explored a way through the Snowy Mountains to the Yarra Valley, planting grapes in 1838 just three years after the foundation of Melbourne. A wine industry (developed by Swiss Settlers particularly Hubert de Castella and Baron Guillaume de Pury in the 1850s) thrived during the gold rush era and heyday of the 19th century. However, the end of the gold rush brought the wine industry into decline and it was not until the 1970’s that the modern wine industry started up again. The region is probably Australia’s best-known cool-climate area, yet it is really a patchwork of meso-climates. This varied topography creates an incredible set of variables. Vineyards are planted on elevations of 50 to 400m on varying aspects and management programmes. The more exposed sites are subject to severe spring frosts and winds. Overall, the area experiences a relatively high rainfall pattern and is known for its temperature extremes during ripening. Site selection is crucial, with the best vineyards often located where the original vines were once planted, generally on sandy clay loams and gravels. The Yarra Valley is well known for high quality Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Blends with Shiraz increasingly garnering attention. Sparkling wine production is also extremely important, with many of Australia’s finest examples produced in the region.