Spitting: Optional Goes to Canberra

Overview: Oh Canberra, the region that makes cork dorks sigh and lament at how underrated it is. It may be the place where politicians conspire against hard working tax payers but it is also where some of Australia’s best cool-climate wines are produced. Last weekend they took off my straightjacket and let me out into the wide, wonderful world. Where did I go? You guessed it. Here are some of the best I tasted:

Mount Majura Vineyard:12TSGl

Mount Majura Riesling 2013: A floral style of Riesling with plenty of citrus and minerality- nice length and acidity. 16.5/20

Mount Majura Pinot Gris 2013: I wouldn’t say that this definitively sits in the Pinot Gris style. I found it to be a fresher, simple style with loads of cut pear and citrus and crisp acidity. 15.5/20

Mounth Majura Molli 2013: A charming and innovative blend of two Alsatian varieties Pinot Gris and Riesling, this wine is mouth-filling with toasty oak influences- grapefruit and almonds with a nice savoury edge. 16.5/20

Mount Majura TSG 2012: No it’s not the new Ford model; TSG stands for Tempranillo/Shiraz/Graciano. These varieties blended together has created a spicy, savoury red with characters of cherry, blackberry, cloves and a touch of smoky hambone- grainy tannins on the finish. 17/20

Mount Majura Dinny’s Block 2010: A very good take on a Bordeaux blend. Leafy on the nose with flavours of blackcurrant, black olives and plum- subtle truffle notes and great structure. 17.5/20

Eden Road Wines:Eden Road
Eden Road Wines Canberra Riesling 2013: Austere and flinty. Elegant lime and talc characters with great length. Fantastic value. 17.5/20

Eden Road Wines Canberra Off-Dry Riesling 2013: Super pure and clean with notes of orange blossom and sherbet- a nice savoury edge despite the residual sugar. Perfect with spicy food. 17.5/20

Eden Road Long Road Chardonnay 2012: Toasty oak dominates the nose with subtle hints of grapefruit reaching through- more of the same on the palate with a nice, biscuity edge. 16/20

Eden Road Tumbarumba Chardonnay 2012: A flinty, toasty nose with a palate consisting of citrus- grapefruit. Fresh and clean with nice acidity. 17.5/20

Eden Road Courabyra Chardonnay 2012: Eden Road’s elegant, unoaked Chardonnay shows the purity of the Chardonnay grape with crisp characters of lemon and lime. 17/20

Eden Road Maragle Chardonnay 2012: A great balance of savoury spice and fruit definition- nice, toasty oak with characters of peach, citrus and brioche. 17.5/20

Eden Road Tumbarumba Pinot Noir 2011: Typical Pinot Noir characters of mushroom, forest floor, truffles and clove. Lacks some primary fruit. 16/20

Eden Road The Long Road Shiraz 2012: Plum, blackberry and pepper bursting from the glass- quite flinty with grainy tannins. Great value. 16/20

Eden Road Canberra Shiraz 2011: All the Canberra elegance you would expect- violets, blueberry and pepper. Decidedly juicy yet complex. 17.5/20

Clonakilla:Clona sv

Clonakilla Viogner 2013: Apricot, spice and all things…I won’t go there. Dwelling beneath the bustling Viognier characters is some nice, toasty oak and great acidity. Probably needs some time in bottle. 17.5/20

Clonakilla Hilltops Shiraz 2012: Flinty with notes of violets, blackberry, blueberry and white pepper. Dense and powerful with a velvety mouth-feel and underlying tones of liquorice. Good supporting oak also. 17.5/20

Clonakilla O’Riada Shiraz 2012: A spicy nose- white pepper with brooding tones of plum and blackberry. Just a touch of hambone and toasty oak. Well balanced and complex. 18/20

Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier 2012: Silk in a glass- velvety and seductive with powerful characters of plum, blackberry and cinnamon (This is about as wanky as I get). Grainy tannins and fantastic length. 18.5/20

Helm Wines:helm

Helm Wines Classic Dry Riesling 2013: All there is to love about Riesling: lemon sherbet, granny smith apples, lime and floral notes. Great fruit richness yet balanced by the fresh acidity. 18/20

Helm Wines Tumbarumba Riesling 2013: A more floral example of Riesling- jasmine and lime, pure and fresh with subtle notes of cut apple. 17.5/20

Helm Wines Premium Riesling 2013: The Classic Riesling definitely jumps out of the glass more than this wine but it some attention and it will show great austerity and purity. Clean, fresh lime with mouth-watering minerality. A finish that lingers on and on. 18.5/20

Final Say: With that all said and done I do have one gripe. Who doesn’t have a price list or tasting notes that I can scribble on? Clonakilla, that’s who. My scrawl is hard enough to understand as it is without trying to read it off a brochure. See below:

Clona scrawl

Don’t worry guys, my tongue is firmly in my cheek. Love your stuff.

For any questions or feedback feel free to email me on spittingoptional@gmail.com


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