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RegionCanberra, ACT
WinemakerBryan Currie
ColourA vibrant purple red
AromaPerfumed nose of violets and spice with toasty vanillin oak.
PalateA silky medium bodied palate of red and blue fruits with spicy oak and long sweet tannins.
Growing ConditionsAfter a hot & dry spring/summer, there were significant rain events for Canberra in February and March which lead to botrytis disease pressure building. Shiraz from well managed vineyards escaped any disease and remained clean throughout ripening and was picked at optimum ripeness. Cold conditions in spring did impact fruit set leading to lower than average yields. Cooler conditions led to ripe fruit being picked at lower baumes with fine delicate tannins with good natural acidity.
Vinification/MaturationRipe fruit was both hand picked and machine harvested and fermented in open fermenters. Variable portions of whole bunch fruit was utilised in all ferments for lifted aromatics and stalky complexity. All ferments where plunged with 10 to 12 days on skins and pressed once dry, maturation was completed for 9 months in French oak barriques and hogsheads; toasty and spicy coopers where used to help express the spicy and floral nature of Canberra Syrah. Light fining and filtration was completed before bottling to ensure a bright and vibrant wine.
Alcohol/Vol13.5%
pH3.51pH
Acidity (TA)6.05 g/L
Bottles per Case6
Last Tasted Date20-03-2015
Peak DrinkingDrinking beautifully now but will also reward medium term cellaring to 2022.
Recommended Food PairingMixed Grill
Last year McWilliam's launched its "appellation" range, devoted to wines from the southern NSW high country. But the company staked its first major claim in the region in the 1980s when it acquired Young's (now Hilltops region's) oldest vineyard, Barwang, from the Robertson family. The new range offers wines from Hilltops, Tumbarumba, Orange and this supple Canberra syrah (aka shiraz). A medium-bodied style, it offers typical Canberra red-currant-like fragrance and spice on a finely textured, supple, smooth palate.
90 points
Chris ShanahanColy Point Observer
The colour is considerably lighter than the Hilltops shiraz, but of good bright hue; the bouquet is of spices and red fruits - more fragrant - while the palate is medium-bodied and easy-textured with soft, gentle tannins. It's a fruit-driven style; a fine wine indeed.
91 points
Huon Hookehuonhooke.com

McWilliam’s has for many years crafted wines with fruit sourced from the cooler, high altitude sites situated along the great Dividing Range. This Syrah from Canberra shows vibrant red berries, violets and spicy white pepper notes. The palate is a classic cool climate Syrah with elegant finely textured tannins and medium bodied in style.

Weight 8 kg
Dimensions 27 x 18 x 35 cm

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