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RegionCanberra, ACT
WinemakerAndrew Higgins
ColourA vibrant purple red.
AromaPerfumed nose of violets and spicy red fruits with toasty oak.
PalateA silky medium bodied palate displaying floral red fruits with spicy oak and long gentle tannins.
Growing ConditionsA warm and dry growing season, with a cool January followed by a warm February provided disease free ripening conditions. Rapid sugar accumulation and a balanced crop level with even flavour and ripeness.
Vinification/MaturationRipe fruit was 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 nine months in French oak hogsheads and puncheons; 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.
Acidity (TA)5.79 g/L
Bottles per Case6
Last Tasted Date06-01-2016
Peak DrinkingDrinking beautifully now but will also reward medium term cellaring to 2026.
Recommended Food PairingLamb rack with roasted vegetables / Grilled eggplant with tomatoes and olives
Bright crimson-purple; a slickly made wine featuring fruit first and foremost, establishing its sense of place with its spicy medium-bodied berry and currant fruits before fine-grained tannins and integrated oak click in. High quality wine at the price.
94 points
James HallidayWine Companion 2018
Deep, rich purple/red colour with a dense, hedonistic spice, chocolate and floral bouquet which leads into a dense, chewy palate of rather gritty tannins and some textural chewiness. It's nicely concentrated and medium to full-bodied. Elegant and delicious.
90 points

A true expression of the rich diversity and elegance of high altitude wines, the McW 660 range is a testament of McWilliam’s Wines understanding of the relationship that exists between the land, the climate and the winemaker. Harvested from vines grown at an average of 660 metres above sea level.

Weight 8 kg
Dimensions 27 x 18 x 35 cm


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