WINE REVIEW: Eden Road wines one to try
EDEN Road burst onto the scene in 2009, winning the Jimmy Watson Trophy at the Royal Melbourne Wine Show with their Long Road Shiraz. Winemaker Nick Spencer may still look cherubic in promo shots, but he's moved on from boyish charm to producing a mature catalogue of multi award winning wines in Murrumbateman NSW, on the outskirts of the ACT. More than ably assisted by Hamish Young, they source fruit from Hilltops, Gundagai, Tumbarumba and their own estate to consistently produce wines of heavenly quality.
Maragle Vineyard Chardonnay: 2014: From a single vineyard in Tumbarumba, near the Snowy Mountains. Twelve months French Oak aging, 25% new. Whipped double cream, peach slices and the tiniest hint of nutty oak. Delicious and textured right from the outset. The oak treatment threatens to make this corpulent, but the powerful natural linear fruit pulls everything into line. Rating: 9.5/10 RRP: $40 Alc: 12.6%
P3, NV: Equal parts pinot noir, pinot meunier and pinot gris, all co-fermented together. When you've got rungs on the board, you're allowed to play your own shots. This is the Eden Road boys playing, experimenting and coming up with a delicious drink. Bacon, sweet brown spice, strawberries and musk lollies. Rating: 8.5/10 RRP: $33 Alc: 12.5%
Canberra Syrah: 2013: Predominantly estate fruit with additions from nearby wineries Quarry Hill and Long Rail Gully. Smells inviting, with perfumed violets, shiny ripe plums, soft clover and the right amount of savoury meatiness. Almost perfectly balanced from the outset in youth, with delicate dark fruit in symbiosis with fine, elegant tannins. Rating: 9.5/10 RRP: $60 Alc: 13.5%
Eden Road wines available at major retailers.