McKellar Ridge Wines

High quality, hand-crafted wines from the cool climate of the Canberra District
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June 2016


Upcoming Events


June Long Weekend

McKellar Ridge will be open both Saturday and Sunday this coming long weekend so if you have visitors in town or are just relaxing pop out to the cellar door for a taste and chat. In addition to our current releases our, reserve wines (2010 Trio, 2011 Merlot Cabernet Franc, 2013 Pinot Noir and 2014 Riesling) will be open. Brian will also open a couple of our museum wines from the 2009 vintage to examine the maturation and longevity of our French style reds.



Sunday Lunches in July


Each Sunday in July, in the warmth of the cellar door, we will be offering a lunch featuring traditional French dishes – a different one each week. It will be accompanied by potatoes salad and crusty bread and complimented by a glass of our French inspired wines. The dishes will be prepared by Wins Creek Meadery and Licenced Restaurant using premium free-range chicken and meat and where possible, locally sourced ingredients.





Sun 3rd July        Boeuf Bourguignonne 


Sun 10th July       Coq au Vin

Sun 17th July       Basque Lamb Casserole


 Sun 24th July       Poulet Marengo aux Olives


 Sun 31 July           Boeuf Provencal


 Time: 12.30pm each Sunday

Reservations essential as only 20 places available each week.


info [at] mckellarridgewines [dot] com [dot] au Ph: 0409 780 861


 Location: In our cosy cellar door, 2 Euroka Ave, Murrumbateman, NSW


 Price: $30 per head, food & a glass of wine


Vintage Report




The 2016 vintage was early, about two weeks earlier than in 2015. It was dry and warm, bringing on even grape ripening and completely disease free. The wine-making went smoothly and the wines have come through well and are showing promising intensity of flavour. The reds have completed malolactic fermentation and are maturing in French oak barrels. The whites are in the final stages of preparation for bottling in late June. We will also bottle a Rioja-style Tempranillo for the first time.




McKellar Ridge Shiraz Viognier 2015


Due for release at the April Harvest Festival Brian and Janet Johnston’s shiraz-viognier showsthe exceptional fruity depth of Canberra’s 2015 vintage. Round, plush and seductive, the palate ripples with vibrant, ripe-berry flavours. Brian Johnston says he accentuated the fruit flavour by using more new French oak than usual, but reducing the time in oak by about five months. It’s a noticeable change amd one that worked deliciously in the outstanding 2015 season. The wine remailns medium –bodied and spicy in the Canberra mould with a special bouyancy and depth.



McKellar Ridge Pinot Noir 2014


Pinot Noir’s popularity in Australia rests mainly on the cool Australian and New Zealand regions making the cutting edge stuff and in the volume market, on Marlborough, New Zealand. Canberra winemakers love the variety too. Some grow it locally, while others prefer to bring grapes in from cooler Tumbarumba to out south. Brian and Janet Johnston’s version comes from the Pankhurst vineyard, Hall and Quarry Hill, Murrumbateman. The wine offers ripe varietal aromas and flavours on a medium-bodied palate, with drink-now soft tannins and smooth texture.


Case purchases at the Cellar Door


Make up a case order of our wines and receive a $50 discount per case. A great way to stock up for the winter months.


We look forward to seeing you when next you visit the cellar door


Kind regards


Brian and Janet


McKellar Ridge