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McWilliam’s Appellation Canberra Syrah

McWilliam’s has for many years crafted wines with fruit sourced from the cooler, high altitude sites situated along the great Dividing Range. This Syrah from Canberra shows vibrant red berries, violets and spicy white pepper notes. The palate is a classic cool climate Syrah with elegant finely textured tannins and medium bodied in style.

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91POINTS McWilliam’s Appellation Canberra Syrah
VARIETAL : Syrah ALC/VOL : 13.5  %
COLOUR : A vibrant purple red pH : 3.51
WINEMAKER : Bryan Currie ACIDITY : 6.05 g/L

FOOD PAIRING SUGGESTION : Mixed Grill

PEAK DRINKING : Drinking beautifully now but will also reward medium term cellaring to 2022.

REGION

Canberra, ACT

AROMA

Perfumed nose of violets and spice with toasty vanillin oak.

PALATE

A silky medium bodied palate of red and blue fruits with spicy oak and long sweet tannins.

PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS

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Huon Hooke
huonhooke.com

The colour is considerably lighter than the Hilltops shiraz, but of good bright hue; the bouquet is of spices and red fruits - more fragrant - while the palate is medium-bodied and easy-textured with soft, gentle tannins. It's a fruit-driven style; a fine wine indeed.

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Chris Shanahan
Coly Point Observer

Last year McWilliam's launched its "appellation" range, devoted to wines from the southern NSW high country. But the company staked its first major claim in the region in the 1980s when it acquired Young's (now Hilltops region's) oldest vineyard, Barwang, from the Robertson family. The new range offers wines from Hilltops, Tumbarumba, Orange and this supple Canberra syrah (aka shiraz). A medium-bodied style, it offers typical Canberra red-currant-like fragrance and spice on a finely textured, supple, smooth palate.