Birth of a Canberra bluechip – Clonakilla Syrah

Canberra’s one and only blue-chip wine, Clonakilla Shiraz–Viognier, has a rival. And it’s from the same winery. This is its story. In 2010, Canberra’s Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier joined the blue chips of Australian wine – alongside Penfolds Grange and Henschke Hill of Grace. Clonakilla’s ranking in the “Exceptional” category of Langton’s Classification of Australian Wine […]

Capital Brewing Co takes shape

Capital Brewing Co launched in the Canberra market last April, selling kegged beer made in Sydney by their own American brewer, Wade Hurley. At the launch, Capital partner Tom Hertel announced plans to shift production to Canberra following construction of a brewery in Fyshwick, Canberra. Though originally scheduled for opening in late 2016, the brewery […]

Wine review – McWilliams Tumbarumba, Shaw Vineyard Estate, The Vintner’s Daughter, McKellar Ridge

McWilliams Single Vineyard Chardonnay 2014 Rob Parke’s Glenburnie vineyard, Tumbarumba, NSW $40 At last year’s Canberra and Region Wine Show, Tumbarumba region bagged 14 of the 17 medals awarded to chardonnays from the 2015 and earlier vintages. This silver medallist from the show, made by Andrew Higgins, captures the intense varietal flavour of cool-grown chardonnay fermented […]

Wine review – Tar and Roses, Tapanappa

Tar and Roses Sangiovese 2015 Heathcote, Victoria Winemakers: Don Lewis and Narelle King Tasting: over lunch, not masked $21–$25 Hot summer day. Swimming. Lots of people. Kaleidoscope lunch flavours: bread, salads, oily and vinegary salad dressings, ham, prosciutto, salmon gravlax, chicken, olives, olive oil, butter, eggs, mettwurst, zucchini slice, hummus, hard cheese, soft cheese. Coupla […]