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This is Canberra renegade winery Mount Majura's signature blend. The focus here is not varietal expression, but a sense of place and, “letting the character of the site express itself through whatever varieties are best suited”. All the fruit for this blend is sourced from a single vineyard on the Mount Majura estate. The wine this year is built from 49% Tempranillo, 36% Shiraz and 15% Graciano - three varieties that get along brilliantly. The 2015 season has been hyped as one of the best for Canberra in decades, and you can really sense that in every drop of this wine. With a huge 96 points from James Halliday, this is the highest rated vintage of this wine to date. Creative alternative blends can offer very interesting drinking, and this is one of the best.
What it Tastes Like
Well, hello TSG! The nose is really interesting. There is a cherry cola aroma backed by ground pepper and coffee with some savoury, almost earthy character in the background. Hard to pick individual characters, a testament to the balance of the blend. Seamless is the word that comes to mind. In the mouth it builds like the winning horse down the home straight at the Melbourne Cup. Bright red fruits up front followed up by a broody back palate, and savoury, grainy tannins which grow and grow and grow. Medium palate weight with lively acid that drives through the finish. Superb drinking.
96 points. "Bright crimson-purple; Mount Majura has a distinguished track record with this blend, and this is yet another extremely good example. What puts it at the front of its class is the balance, texture and synergy, and I shouldn't forget the structure, possibly its best feature. It isn't some spare parts cobbled together because they're Iberian or Italian or whatever: everything sings in perfect harmony." - James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion) 94 points "A blend of 49% tempranillo, 36% shiraz and 15% graciano, TSG thrills with its vivid purple colour, sweet, seductive aroma and vibrant, harmonious palate. The absolutely delicious palate features the liveliest, freshest fruit flavour imaginable, all held together by savoury tannins that give the wine smooth texture." - Chris Shannahan (Canberra Times) 93 points. "You have to admire the way this wine goes about things. It sees mostly old oak (only 7% new), it leans towards tempranillo in the blend (49%) but it includes that lipsmacking injection of graciano (15%). It’s a relatively small production (868 dozen) and so it’s blended not so much for volume, as for character. “(By blending) we take the spotlight off the variety, and put it back on the vineyard.” The good thing here is that it delivers straight-out juicy drinkability, both delicious and honest, but then folds firm, almost slatey tannin beneath and so, in the process, adds a sense of substance, of structural control. It’s a jubey red, spicy, perfumed and well polished. It’s one of those you-cannot-go-wrong-here reds. This wine has picked up the odd rave, and the odd gold medal, in its journey into public life. It’s not hard to fathom why." - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)
Typically complex, this signature blend from our vineyard combines spice, black and red fruits with hints of game and new leather. Medium in weight, it is deliciously snappy yet fine and soft. There is no doubt that varietal labelling (i.e. single-variety wines, labelled by the variety) helps make wine approachable and understandable. It does put an emphasis on the variety however, when sometimes the emphasis should be on the vineyard. In other words, letting the character of the site express itself through whatever varieties are best suited, and not being distracted by the characteristics of individual varieties. First made in 2008, this blend received immediate acclaim and success, winnning numerous gold medals. The 2015 blend has 49% Tempranillo, 36% Shiraz and 15% Graciano.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
About the Producer
Mount Majura is one of the most exciting producers in Canberra. They are quickly gaining fame for producing top class Rieslings and alternative varieties with sensational value across the range. Their obsessive focus on the terroir of their special vineyard is unique, and the resulting wines are spectacular.
Canberra. A mountain of potential. A sleeping giant of Australian wine. The ability of this region to produce world class wines in only a relatively short history is almost second to none in the whole country. We have some absolute geniuses to thank for developing this region. People have taken notice. Canberra wine is some serious gear. With the ability to produce everything from perfumed and tightly wound Syrah, to razor sharp Riesling and a bunch of emerging varieties in the ground excelling, Canberra will be one of the ‘must watch’ wine producing regions in Australia for many years to come.
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