• Peter Shaw and Michael Shaw

    Peter Shaw and Michael Shaw

  • Clare Hoffman, Graeme Shaw and Helen Vonamari

    Clare Hoffman, Graeme Shaw and Helen Vonamari

  • George Riley, Anne Shaw and Emily Riley

    George Riley, Anne Shaw and Emily Riley

  • Jeremy Nascimben, Don Munro, Tony Steffania and Roy Volmari

    Jeremy Nascimben, Don Munro, Tony Steffania and Roy Volmari

  • Luke Niederle, Lizzie Wagner, Cameron Greene and James Hickey

    Luke Niederle, Lizzie Wagner, Cameron Greene and James Hickey

  • Jenny Mackiewicz

    Jenny Mackiewicz

  • Fran Marshall, Nicole Shipway and Tanya Olinder

    Fran Marshall, Nicole Shipway and Tanya Olinder

  • Thomas Craigie, Clare Hoffman and Maurits de Graff

    Thomas Craigie, Clare Hoffman and Maurits de Graff

Shaw Vineyard Estate 2015 Launch

11 August 2015

Shaw Vineyard at Murrumbateman is one of the treasures of our cool climate wine country and this vintage is for owner Graeme Shaw their best ever. Well that assertion deserved more than just a sip of the 2015 Shaw Estate Range Riesling. But let me set the scene.

I’m negotiating my way through The Tradies at Dickson armed with a docket that says I’m allowed in this meandering collection of corridors and rooms for gambling, eating, imbibing and just sitting, following the signs to the Canberra Wine House. I find the exit to the hotel, entrance to one of the tram cars and finally a footpath to the Wine House with lead light light shades, comfy couches and a wall of produce from all manner of Canberra suppliers of the stuff we buy at the markets and trendy delis. I have no idea how long it’s been a part of the Tradies but what an interesting space and just right for the launch of three of Shaw Vineyard’s finest. The whole family is there. Graeme and wife Anne, daughter Tanya and her husband Michael and the other Michael, son of Graeme and Anne. It’s a family operation and their love of what this investment has become is evident in all that they do to share the delights of Shaw.

As a lover of aged whites, and having recently shared one of my favourite Semillons from 1994 that was just perfect, to sniff and sip the 2015 Reisling was a lesson in citrus flavours and a hint of flint. The description sounds like a hot toddy mix for a really bad cold with lemon myrtle, kaffir lime and zesty lemon but drinks like the best taste of a summer afternoon over a long lunch. The 2015 Semillon Sauvignon Blanc is more of a fruit salad mix with pear, apple, passionfruit and spice, then the single grape 2015 Semillon with a ‘supple juicy plumpness’ and a ‘mouthwatering slaty acid profile’ tasted right for now and better for later. Liked them all and loved the venue which reflects The Tradies committment to selling and serving local wines, promoting what we do well in our cool climate wine district.

And for Shaw’s 2015 vintages, take time to visit the vineyard, enjoy the Flint restaurant and put down a few bottles to age gracefully. Or enjoy them now.