Getting to know Gruner Veltliner! An Austrian and a few Aussies …..

Even five years ago, Australian Gruner Veltliner was unheard of outside the circle of the wine trade. Yes, that is correct, Australian …. not a typo at all.


paracombe-GVWhile there is the rare kangaroo on the loose in Austrian paddocks, the same can no longer be said about Gruner Veltliner, a grape traditionally at home in Austrian vineyards, being grown on Australian soil. It can be said that since posting ‘A Tale of 3 Gruners…..’ back in 2015, Australian wine drinkers are getting spoiled for choice.

Canberran pioneers of this grape, the Carpenter family released the first vintage of their Lark Hill Winery Gruner Veltliner in 2009 when their vines were just 7 years old. Each new vintage that I have tasted of this biodynamic wine, I am impressed by its polished nature and the faceted floral fruit that sits happily amongst the more savoury elements. The current vintage is 2017 (AUD49).

Hahndorf Hill Winery from Adelaide Hills released the first vintage of GRU in 2010. Recently, lovers of this wine will have noticed a new addition to the Hahndorf Hill Gruner Veltliner story. Fermented in stainless steel, Hahndorf Hill Winery White Mischief (AUD24) is all about pure fruit expression; zesty citrus and stonefruit. A fruity, fleshy dry wine that quickly makes friends. Read More

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Two of the latest from Shaw Vineyard Estate

shawmerlotCanberra’s Shaw Vineyard Estate is a must visit cellar door on your next trip to Murrumbateman, even if just to take in the tranquillity of the gorgeous gardens surrounding the cellar door, or to have lunch and coffee, or to taste through their quite extensive range of wines. Here are two of the most recent releases:

The Shaw Estate Range Merlot 2013 has plenty of offer in the rich chocolate and plums and there is some dried sage to lighten the nose. The mouth is rich and powdery, medium bodied and the plum fruit lingers. A Read More

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Nick O’Leary Ballaro Shiraz 2013


Nick O’Leary is just one of the winemakers that is working indefatigably to ensure that Murrumbateman wines, Canberra wines get the recognition for quality that they deserve. As a winemaker, Nick is as bold as his wines which display a whole lot of fun.

This one is a crowd pleaser.  I have seen the ‘aaaah!’ effect in action. The intensity of the blueberry, spicy cherry countered by a light savoury earthiness continues seamlessly from the nose to the palate.  The mouth fills with silky fine fruit delivering concentration but not heaviness. An ideal wine to drink now but you should also hold on it some bottles for the future.

Date:         Price:  $55    Value: $$   Drink: Now – 5+ years

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New South Wales wines you’ve got to taste for yourself! – Part two

Toppers-red-earth-child-wmThe second part of Wine Muse’s celebration of New South Wales Wine. While last week we focused on more the classic varieties, this week we are highlighting just some of the innovative varieties being produced in the state.


Topper’s Mountain Wild Ferment Nebbiolo 2012 ($38) – Mark Kirby is the man behind Topper’s Mountain and is a passionate ambassador for the New England Australia wine region. Mark is forward thinking and willing Read More

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Canberra Cellar Door Trails


An easy drive from Sydney, the cellar doors of Canberra offer ample incentive for even the most reluctant wine tourist. From big red lovers to crisp delicate white lovers and everything in between. Add to that some great food and local produce and you have the ingredients for a great day out.

Driving from Sydney or, Read More

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