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Canberra Shiraz Dinner Tuesday 13th July 7pm-$120

June 7, 2010

Do you like Shiraz?? How could you not.

Favourite red by far.

Especially at MUMU lovely shiraz with a big fat piece of red meat. Nothing can be more the way it is meant to be. A few months ago Jen from @capitalwines mentioned that the ACT wineries were going to have a few wine dinners in Sydney. We talked more and came up with the concept of a Shiraz dinner. Four courses with 3 wines matched to each course all shiraz. A real look at a good number of quality Shiraz from the Canbera region.

come along for a chance to have dinner with me. and talk wine with the nations Capital wine makers

Included in the night will be a look at some pre release 09 stock which will be interesting and should start the conversations flowing.

Sample Menu

Organic Chicken Liver Pate with shiraz jelly and house made toasts,

Jamon Serrano

Pre release 09’s

Guancale and Field Mushroom Bruschetta

MCKELLAR RIDGE Shiraz Viognier 08

EDEN ROAD – Meeting Place 09

CAPITAL WINES The Frontbencher 08

Arcadia Saltbush Lamb done 2 ways Slow Roast Shoulder on CauliflowerGratin and Grilled Loin on a Pea and Mint Puree

COLLECTOR marked tree red 08

LERIDA ESTATE Shiraz Viognier 08

BRINDABELLA reserve shiraz 08

Grass Fed T-Bone Tagliatta

Seared Sliced and Slow Roasted, Marinated in Rosemary and Garlic served with Duck Fat Potatoes and Greens

CAPITAL WINES Kyeema Vineyard Reserve 08


NICK O’LEARY shiraz 08

Selection of Cheese

with Fig and Quince Paste

LONG RAIL GULY shiraz 06

LAMBERT VINEYARDS reserve shiraz 05

Here are some reviews of the wine that will be served.

McKellar Ridge 2008 Basket Press Shiraz Viognier

92 points

Is initially a bit closed on the nose, but opens up with a red-berry fragrance. “It’s all about perfume and texture” said Huon Hooke. “Beautifully balanced berries and spiciness, with a touch of viognier showing. Glossy texture and perfect balance”. The wine is medium bodied, alcohol providing weight without aggression, and the tannins are fine and polished. A well structured wine that’s ready now and good for three years at least. (Nick Bullied)




The Front Bencher 08

This oustanding shiraz is silky smooth and has rich blackberry fruit. Shiraz fans will love this wine! – it is incredibly delicious and it demonstrates why our Kyeema vineyard fruit is some of the best in the region.

Back Label

The Frontbencher is a spokesperson for the party and like a good frontbencher our shiraz speaks volumes about our wines. Seemless and distinct, our Kyeema Vineyard shiraz has an enviable reputation that sets the benchmark for the crafting of all our wines. It is a rich, long flavoured shiraz with soft tannins, fragrant spice, pepper and dark berry fruit. With a pedigree of over 18 trophies and 70 show awards since 1994, this is a typical Kyeema shiraz and like our frontbencher it displays eminence and class. It is fantastic with chargrilled lamb or a thick sirloin. Put it away for a few years to truly appreciate it’s richness.

The Marked Tree Red comprises hand-worked parcels of shiraz from vineyards in and around Murrumbateman.

The mix of granite and shale soils produce fruit which is both perfumed and elegantly structured as well as savoury, textured and rich.

The individual parcels are fermented, pressed gently, and matured in new and seasoned French oak prior to blending.


From a wonderful vintage, the wine’s lively crimson colour is accompanied by a fragrant bouquet of dark cherry, blackberry, pepper and aniseed, with a rich, textured mouthfeel.

Although weighted for early drinking, the 2008 Marked Tree Red has a sturdy spine and will age gracefully.

LERIDA ESTATE Shiraz Viognier 08

This wine is made from 95% Shiraz and 5% Viognier. It is cold soaked for 5 days before fermentation (up to 35º) with hand plunging 3 times a day. It is left on skin for a further 10 days then pressed off to French oak barrigues to mature for 15 months. The wine has an intense nose of freshly stewed plums, mulberry, spice, apricot and vanilla aromas with a rich and savoury palate backed by a long fine grain tannin finish. This wine will cellar for 8-10 years.

BRINDABELLA reserve shiraz 08





CAPITAL WINES Kyeema Vineyard Reserve 08

95/100 James Halliday
95/100 – Gary Walsh, The Winefront

2007 – 96/100 Tim White, 95/100 Halliday, 10/10 Selected in Melbourne Age Best Dozen wines for 09

The shiraz is a clone taken from old South Australian cuttings. The combination of age and clone make it unique within the Canberra region.

Kyeema Shiraz has an impressive pedigree of 18 trophies and over 70 show awards since 1994. The 2008 reserve shiraz is a typical Kyeema with spice, pepper and lots of rich, perfectly ripe perfumed blackberry fruit. This is a mouth filling wine with silky smooth tannins, underlying fine oak and a lingering finish.

This wine will reward those with the patience to put it aside for a few years.


“Ah yes, what a joy of a drink. This has the vibrancy and spiciness that has me reaching straight for the word ‘exotic’. It’s all cherries and plums, mint and licorice, and while you’d hardly call it intense, it’s definitely high in charm. French oak gives it a gentle nudge, and everything about the wine is pure and clean. Very happy with this release; it’s a beauty. Rated : 93 Points Drink : 2009 – 2014”
– Campbell Mattinson, The Big Red Wine Book



NICK O’LEARY shiraz 08

Winner of 4 gold medals now and with a 96/100 in the Oct/Nov Gourmet Traveller Wine. Quite an achievement for a new name on the block. I drank this over dinner and can confirm the drinkability quotient is very high, as is the value on offer.

Ruby red in colour with just a smidgin of purple, this smells authentically Canberran, in the Clonakilla/Collector/Kyeema vein – Musk, scorched red fruit, cranberry and peppery spice & Cherry Ripe, with fruit to the fore and no oak in sight. It’s definitely in the red fruit end of the spectrum, but avoids the heavy overripeness of similar wines. Palate is silken in texture, with a peppery, slightly stalky expression of mid weight Canberra Shiraz, all wrapped in fine tannins and a whack of bacon fat on the finish. Nice lilt to the tannins too that has me thinking this has had some whole bunch action.

It’s a Shiraz built in a rather juicy and glossy, modern grapey style, but its so unforced and impeccably balanced, with proper subtle structure, that you just can’t argue with it. The second half of the bottle made its way home with us, and a glass poured of it this evening is going down just as well as it did last night, boding well for the future too.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 6, 2010 2:27 pm

    shiraz is definitely one of my favourite wines 🙂 sounds awesome!

    • mumuland permalink*
      July 6, 2010 9:08 pm

      This shiraz dinner will be great the shiraz comming from canberra is exceptional. a must do for any wine lovers.

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