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Eden Road are puppeteers of the NSW High Country, and they've pulled the strings nicely again with this belter of Syrah/Shiraz. It comes from Gundagai - not a region you see a great deal of wine from. Truth be told though vines have been planted in Gundagai for a long, long time - as long as in Canberra in fact. As Nick Spencer explains, "Where spice and perfume characterise Canberra Shiraz, density and power typify Gundagai Shiraz." This is definitely powerful, but still somehow only medium-to-full bodied. It's dark and brooding, soft and cuddly, firm and structural. It's a beauty. A massive 96 points and special value star from Campbell Mattinson and a must try wine for Shiraz lovers.
What it Tastes Like
"Smashing wine. Medium-bodied and nutty with iodine and black cherry fruit gushing through the palate at speed. There's beauty to be found at all points along the line here but the finish is where the star shines brightest. It drips juicily and lingers appreciably. You could mount an argument that this is a landmark wine for the Gundagai region." - Campbell Mattinson
96 points & special value star. "Smashing wine. Medium-bodied and nutty with iodine and black cherry fruit gushing through the palate at speed. There's beauty to be found at all points along the line here but the finish is where the star shines brightest. It drips juicily and lingers appreciably. You could mount an argument that this is a landmark wine for the Gundagai region." - Campbell Mattinson (Australian Wine Companion)
Background Neighbouring Canberra to the west, Gundagai in one sense is a new and exciting region. New in the sense that there a very few wines being produced, labelled and sold as Gundagai Shiraz but certainly not new in terms of viticulture. Vines have been around in Gundagai just as long as Canberra. Climatically Gundagai shares some similarities with Canberra with very cool night time temperatures however is marginally warmer during the day. Where spice and perfume characterise Canberra Shiraz, density and power typify Gundagai Shiraz.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
About the Producer
If you are looking at the ‘new guard’ of the Canberra wine scene, Eden Road is a name you need to know.
Winemaker Nick Spencer is right at the forefront of Canberra’s next generation of winemaking rockstars. Since he famously won the Jimmy Watson Trophy in 2009 with his first release of the Long Road Shiraz, the wines from Nick and his team have been highly sort after. And rightfully so, they are outstanding. These are premium quality wines from special sites across the cooler parts of NSW. Eden Road is one of the country’s most dynamic modern wine operations and definitely one to keep an eye on.
Gundagai is one of the Dark Horses of NSW wine regions. Though it has flown under the radar for many years, some of the most elite producers in NSW are now going out of their way to source fruit from this region. The Cabernet is all class, the Syrah is stunning - if you haven’t yet, trying the wines of Gundagai should be on your to-do list.
Long held up to the rest of the world as Australia’s flagship red variety, the mighty Australian Shiraz has undergone something of a renaissance over the past two decades. While our robust styles of Shiraz from powerhouse South Australian regions such as the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale may have put Australian wine on the map, Shiraz from our cooler regions are giving the variety a new look. Wines from Canberra, all parts of Victoria, the Adelaide Hills, and the Great Southern, are all delivering wines of finesse and spice set to a lighter framework. The tapestry of Australian Shiraz is richly diverse, and will only continue to develop and mature into the future.
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