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Canberra District

Like many NSW wine regions, the 2020 vintage in Canberra District was affected by drought, fire and smoke, with the coronavirus adding to the mayhem. Nonetheless, 2021 sees a new optimism with refurbished cellar doors, more accommodation near the Murrumbateman wineries, and a buoyant food and wine scene in our nation’s capital. Riesling and shiraz lead the vinous way with Mediterranean varieties taking an increasing role. Grapes from the Hilltops and Tumbarumba add spice to the mix. Peter Bourne

Image of Shaw Wines by Greg Primmer.

Shaw Wines

Star Cellar DooR

(02) 6227 5827

Shaw Wines is a real family affair. Patriarch Graeme Shaw used his engineering skills to create the magnificent new cellar door, while wife Ann and their children, Tanya and Michael, ensure things run smoothly when Graeme is off pursuing his other passion, motorsport. The showpiece building combines concrete, glass and timber with the open-plan seating lapping up the spectacular views over the 20-year-old vineyard. Platters are available, as are a set of wines matched to locally made chocolates. The wines are crafted by GT WINE 2019 Winemaker of the Year finalist Emma Norbiato; they combine a high drinkability factor with top value. A bonus is Olleyville Restaurant where talented head chef Anthony Davis creates his menus around his wood-fired oven. If you’re time-poor, check out the Shaw Escapes, with a charter flight and helicopter option. PETER  BOURNE

OUTSTANDING WINE: 2014 Shaw Wines Reserve Merriman Shiraz, A$65

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