2015 Collector Reserve Shiraz

Canberra District, NSW

Alex McKay's elite premium Shiraz. One of the finest in the Canberra District.



A beautiful shiraz: rich, deep, ripe and concentrated.

Huon Hooke (The Real Review)

About the Wine

Crafted from old vine shiraz grown on elevated sites from Mount Nanima near Murrumbateman, with a good portion of whole bunches used. Some new French oak in the mix, added more spice and complexity.

A touch of Viognier is added for aromatics and colour, but this is no apricot fruit bomb./p>

About Collector Wines

Alex McKay started Collector Wines in 2005 with just a handful of cool climate shiraz and a determination to make elegant, long-lived wines. Fast forward to today, and we are known for wines that sing with a purity of regional expression and varietal definition. Our grapes come from vineyards dotted around the Canberra District and region, but our cellar door is in the heart of country Collector, just outside Canberra.

Having grown up in the area, Alex got his first taste of winemaking with Edgar Riek, a pioneer of the Canberra District at Lake George. But it was working as winemaker for Hardys’ flagship winery in the district from 2000 that really developed his intimate knowledge of the region, climate, soils and vineyards.

Alex McKay in the vines
Alex McKay in the vines
Canberra District, NSW
Additional Info

From the Producer

Made from mature shiraz vines grown on elevated granitic loam sites near Murrumbateman. The grapes were hand-harvested. Fermentation with around 70% whole bunches took place in open fermenters which were worked by foot and rack/return. Individual parcels were matured in a mix of new and seasoned Allier and Tronçais oak.

Blend : Shiraz (98%) Viognier (2%)
ABV : 13%
Closure : Screw Cap
Drink Until : 2030
Bottle Size : 750ml

The Collector vines
The Collector vines
Canberra District, NSW
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

Halliday Wine Companion

"This is of a bouncier feel than is usual for this cuvee, optimally ripe and threaded with a fine needle of the pepper and ground spice that mark fine, cool climate Australian shiraz. Star anise and clove waft across a wave of dark cherry and blue fruited allusions, all. Gently aromatic, with 2% of viognier in the blend, the wine is medium-bodied, uncoiling its multitude of layers with time in the glass. The finish is granitic crunchy, firm, long and soothing, with the tannins and spice sheathing and guiding the fruit, but never drying it out." - Ned Goodwin MW (Halliday Wine Companion)

The Real Review

"A beautiful shiraz: rich, deep, ripe and concentrated - within the elegant Canberra paradigm. Dense, full-bodied palate. Bright berries and mint, deep and plush, with fleshy extract aplenty and supple tannins providing a rounded mouth-feel. Already a delicious drink." - Huon Hooke (The Real Review)


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