Canberra winemakers could hardly believe their own good luck with the near perfect 2013 vintage. It followed a run of tough years, notably the cold, wet 2011 season and cool 2012. As it turned out, even those years produced some decent wine. But the warmer 2013 vintage made riper, fuller reds, some of extraordinary dimension. McKellar Ridge sits at the more robust end of the district style spectrum, offering ripe and vibrant red-berry varietal shiraz flavours with a slight hint of apricot from the tiny viognier component. At this stage, spicy French oak stands a little apart from the wine flavours but I suspect the rich fruit will gobble up the oak as the wine matures.
Food And Wine, The Canberra Times Wednesday , February 11, 2015