2015 Collector Reserve Shiraz

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

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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>

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.

95 Points - "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)

95 Points - "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)


Alex Mckay was born and raised around the Canberra District. After catching the winemaking bug while working under the trailblazing Edgar Riek at Lake George Winery, Alex started his own label, Collector, in 2005.

He has become one of the region's most important small producers, with a suite of elegant Shiraz, piercing cool climate Chardonnay and an excellent selection of alternative varieties, particularly those of Italian origin.

There's a quiet confidence and composure you can sense in every glass of Collector wines. With terrific reviews and very modest prices, they represent much of what is great about the modern Canberran wine scene.

Winemaker Alex Mckay Collector

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