Philip Shaw Edinburgh NV Chardonnay Pinot Noir


A truly unique label from a winemaker that carves his own ground. Philip Shaw has made his home in Orange, New South Wales and his cellar door there is rather spectacular.

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Philip Shaw Pink Billy Saignee 2015

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The Pink Billy is a curvy charmer from the Orange wine region in Australia. In some circles, the saignee method of rosé production is seen as producing low quality wines. This is not the case here. Billy is made of wild fermented, cool climate 65% shiraz, 20% merlot, 6% each of pinot noir and cabernet franc and 3% cabernet sauvignon. A small portion was fermented in seasoned oak and the remainder rested ‘sur lie’ to add curves, texture and a spicy complexity.  Read More

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Liz Richardson Shiraz 2010 & Wiley Rooster Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 & others

The alternative title for this wine would have been Liz Richardson, Thomas Hordern, Adam Barton and Rory Clifton are naked, for these wines are current releases from naked wines.


Liz Richardson Shiraz 2010  

Not only did I receive this as a sample, but I was then given a bottle for Christmas so quite obviously I was meant to try this wine.  It is has some typical Barossan notes of plums and pepper and has plenty of them although it just lacks some freshness. Soft and easy drinking. Naked wines has it listed as having a RRP of $20, discounted to members to $13.99.  I would not buy it for $20 as I think that there are better Barossan Shiraz for that price around, however $14 is a fair price but not outstanding value.

Wiley Rooster Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 

Thomas Hordern is the winemaker behind this label and also produces a Hunter Valley Chardonnay along with this Orange Cabernet Sauvignon. It certainly has the structure from Orange, but needs a little more curranty fruit to flesh it out.  Again, listed as having a RRP of $20, although in this case it is a good buy at $14 if you like a cabernet with a varietal character.

Left Hook Round 3 Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2012

A clean and crisp white with cut pineapple and stonefruit and a mouth full of soft acid with just a hint of a zing.   There is some pleasing fruit depth and length on this wine.  It fits the profile of crowd pleasing quaffer. It has a listed RRP of $25 and offered at just over $16, it is a good wine for the discounted price.

The Cellar Works ‘The Drift’ Riesling 2013 

From winemaker Adam Barton, this is a very pretty riesling. Fresh, crisp and plenty of citrus fruit, dipping into tropical fruit. It is a very smart wine and a good pick up by Naked.


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Packaging Review: Philip Shaw Edinburgh NV Chardonnay Pinot Noir

This bottle happens to be high on my list for great packaging, but I can certainly understand that it will polarise opinion.  Just as it does the Shaw family. Philip loves it, his son not so much…. To me it does not smack so much on girly gothic as it does a hangover after way too much hot acidic sauvignon blanc doctored up with residual sugar that cannot quite cover the sin.

The hangover to which I refer is no reflection on the contents inside the bottle or any wine that Philip Shaw puts his name too. Rather it could be said Read More

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Logan Weemala Gewurztraminer 2012

The Logan Weemala range is a smartly priced range of wines from around Mudgee. This Gewurztraminer is sourced from the cool slopes of Mt Canobolas in Orange and is a wine that is going to make a match of those aromatic foods you are having for dinner or lunch.

Aromas of delicate rose petal and ripe lychee fruit entice you to take another sip. The fruit is ripe and generous. The medium bodied wine is just barely off dry (just over 7g of sugar) giving it a bit more fleshly fullness further helped by some time on lees without adding sugary sweetness. At this price you really cannot go wrong and it will be great with a Thai spice inspired dish.

Date: May 2013   Price:  $17   Value: $$$   Drink:  Now

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