NSW shiraz running hot

Chalkers Crossing winemaker Celine Rousseau

Chalkers Crossing winemaker Celine Rousseau (Photo: Huon Hooke)

Recent wine show results have highlighted two great NSW shiraz bargains. Chalkers Crossing CC2 Shiraz 2014 – which in July won five trophies at the 2016 Sydney Royal Wine Show, climaxing with the Gilbert Phillips Trophy for best red wine – has just won four more trophies at the National Wine Show of Australia in Canberra.

The trophies were for best shiraz, best single vineyard dry red, best dry red, and the Len Evans Memorial Trophy for champion wine of the show. Winemaker Celine Rousseau tells me the wine has now won 13 trophies in one year – an astonishing result for a $20 wine from a small winery.

The second great value buy is another $20 NSW shiraz: Windowrie The Mill Shiraz 2015, from Cowra.

This recently won four awards including three trophies at the 2016 NSW Wine Awards. Its stunning run began when it scored the top gold medal in Class 12, leading to the trophy for best young shiraz of show, then best red wine of show, then 2016 NSW Wine of the Year.

It’s a medium-bodied wine with soft, gentle tannins and early drinkability, scented with dark plum, blackberry, chocolate and subtle spice aromas.

It’s a good time to stock up the cellar with inexpensive shiraz for current drinking and medium-term cellaring!

Both wines are widely distributed and available online at Windowrie Estate and Chalkers Crossing Wines.


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