McKellar Ridge Wines

High quality, hand-crafted wines from the cool climate of the Canberra District
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Vintage 2015 and new Reviews

Added Monday, 17/8/2015

 

Vintage 2015 has been an excellent one with warm dry conditions during ripening, producing wines with intense flavours and good structure.

 

All the 2015 whites and rose have now been bottled and the reds are maturing in a mixture of new and older French oak.

 

Our 2014 whites and Rose and 2013 reds have now received their Halliday Reviews and they confirm the high quality of the wines – all were “Highly Recommended” by the Halliday team which included Campbell Mattison as our reviewer this year.

 

The results were :

 

Canberra District Riesling 2014

 

Piercing Riesling, apple, citrus and slate softened at least in its early-drinking appeal by floral nuances. Powerful through the finish. Suggestions of in-built complexity. Even at this early stage.

 

94 Points

 

Canberra District Pinot 2013

 

Highly perfumed, spearmint and choc-mocha with clear musk-like notes. Palate is on the light side of medium weight, delicate with cherry and mint but with an elongated, finely structured finish. Over the mid-term at least, this has a future.

 

91 Points

 

Canberra District Rose 2014 (Sold Out)

 

Style and substance. A clear savouriness but invitingly fruity too. Earth, Turkish delight, assorted summer berries, spice. Light crimson-pink colour. More-ish to say the least.

 

93 Points

 

Canberra District Shiraz Viognier 2013 (Sold Out)

 

Full-bodied, especially in a cool climate context. Slick oak on savoury fruit, five spice and liquorice with dark cherry, mint and a general toasty/chariness. Leaves nothing behind. Fires both barrels. And succeeds pretty well in all its ambitions.

 

92 Points

 

Canberra District Trio 2013 (Cabernet blend) (Not yet released)

 

Stringy herb notes, powerful blackcurrant up front before dipping through the mid-palate, despite the blend of varieties. Finishes tannic and dry but with a return to more flavoursome times. Will not fall over any time soon; patience required.

 

92 Points