Wine review: It’s a Shaw thing

SHAW Vineyard Estate is a family-run vineyard in the Canberra region. The vines are planted on the family estate Olleyville, which was a 19th century wool farm. The vines are grown at 640 metres above sea level, qualifying as cool climate. Shaw Vineyard Estate has a quality a la carte restaurant and the original shearing shed is being converted into an art gallery.

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Riesling, 2015

Claimed the trophy for Best in Show (and two others) at the Australian Cool Climate Wine Show in 2015, along with plenty of other awards. Initial hints of complex riesling aromas: soft plastic along with smears of lime butter. Great value. Rating: 9/10 RRP: $25 Alc: 13%

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Merlot, 2013

Awarded a gold medal at the International Wine Challenge in Vienna, 2015. Spiced cassis and Christmassy cherry notes before a smoothing French oak wrapper. Just the right taste profile. Too many Australian merlots fall over their own corpulent oak feet. Fresh blackberry fruits, just ripe plums finishing with a rich, tight vein of tannins. Rating: 8.5/10 RRP: $25 Alc: 13%

Winemakers Selection, Cabernet Merlot, 2012

Claimed gold at the 2014 China Wine and Spirits Awards. The nose has an earthiness and leafiness of cabernet sauvignon, along with an ashen afterthought before black cherry plum and even a hint of raspberry jube plays out. Hits the flavour button in the middle, if not too deeply, with ripe black fruits. Tannin is well integrated. Rating: 8/10 RRP: $16 Alc: 13.5%

Wines available online at shawvineyards.com.au.

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