December 9, 2021

Philip Shaw The Conductor Merlot

Philip Shaw Conductor

Who makes it?

Philip Shaw has a very stylish cellar door on the outskirts of Orange, New South Wales. He has some of the highest vineyards in Australia, despite being so close to Sydney. The Koomooloo vineyards sit around 900m altitude and there Philip Shaw has been one of the winemakers instrumental in successfully put Orange, New South Wales, on the map.

Although now run by the next generation, the range at Philip Shaw is wide and is acclaimed for its consistent quality. This Merlot forms part of the Character Series along with The Architect Chardonnay, The Idiot Shiraz and The Dreamer Viognier. All representing incredible quality for the value in Australia. 

How do they make it?

This Merlot ferments with indigenous yeast and then spends time maturing in mostly older French oak.  

What does it taste like?

There is an almost floral note sitting companionably between the blackberry and plum fruit. The wine takes on a pinch of herbs on the finish with some spiced details. It is fuller and rounder in body with mouth shaping soft tannins.

This is, undoubtedly, a wine to enjoy now although you don’t have to hurry too much to drink it as it will be still good for a few years yet.

What to drink it with?

This is such an easy choice to enjoy with a juicy burger with all the trimmings (even a vegetarian version). Else, some bangers and mash will be just lovely too.


Some mature cheddar please.

Quickie review « it is hard to beat the value offered by this level of Philip Shaw wines and this Merlot is no exception to that rule. Easy to love and easy to drink. »

Country of Origin:  Orange, Australia 
Tasting Date: July 2021
Price:   UK£14 | AU$24 
Drink: now – 5+ years
Needs food: no
Source: tasting

Like the sound of this Merlot you might enjoy the Philip Shaw Edinburgh NV.

Visit Philip Shaw for more information.


Looking for a something specific, please use search:

You May Also Like…

Bremerton Tamblyn

Bremerton Tamblyn

Who makes it? The Willson family estate ‘Bremerton’ is just one of the highlights from the Langhorne Creek region of South Australia. The estate makes an extensive number of wines, tapping into the extensive range of varieties available to them from Fiano to...

Henschke Henry’s Seven

Henschke Henry’s Seven

Who makes it? Henry's Seven is one of Henschke's vibrant red blends. The Henschke family is part of Australia’s First Families of Wine initiative and have a long history of winemaking in Australia. The family is also known as being one of the early champions...

Sparkling reds & why you should be drinking them!

Sparkling reds & why you should be drinking them!

Love bubbles? Love red wine? Did you know that you can have the best of both worlds with Australia's sparkling reds … Red bubbles? .... Still going strong! I am not talking about the many shades of ‘pink’ bubbles. Of course, I am not talking about the magic of making...


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *