Philip Shaw Wines Orange
Philip Shaw, once ROSEMOUNT’s almost legendary winemaker, has long owned and developed a vineyard of his own. He purchased the 47 ha Koomooloo vineyard on the slopes of Mount Canobolas back in 1988 but only released the first wines under his own label with the 2004 vintage, having sold off the grapes or made wines for others including CUMULUS in the interim. The cool climate vineyards, on red loam soils over a limestone base rise to over 900m and all qualify as Orange GI (which stipulates a minimum of 600m elevation). Working with Jo Perry there are already some impressive releases. Premium The Number Series wines are given a number but these are mostly of personal significance and are not lot or vineyard numbers. Exciting whites include a pungent nettly, herbaceous Sauvignon Blanc No. 19 with both cooler and riper fruit characters, and a striking, aromatic Chardonnay with good purity. Reds are subject to a long post-fermentation macerationand, with vine age, the tannins have become more refined. An elegant, intense and individual No. 17 (60/20/20 Merlot/Cabernet Franc/Cabernet Sauvignon) is aged in 100% new French barriques. Classy, Rhône-like No. 89 Syrah (here 89 denotes the year the vines were planted) instead sees both French (two-thirds) and American oak of which only a portion is new. Subsequent additions to the range include the deeply concentrated yet polished No. 5 Cabernet Sauvignon, a finely crafted, bright Pinot Noir No. 8 and a dry, savoury rosé called Pink Billy. A second tier “The Character” range features leesy but taut unoaked Pinot Gris, The Gardener, Chardonnay, The Architect, The Dreamer Viognier, The Conductor Merlot, The Wire Walker Pinot Noir and the floral and peppery The Idiot Shiraz.
To find out more about Philip Shaw and their wines, and to see how we reviewed and rated their wines you can check out the Wine Guide New South Wales and Queensland..
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