Typically complex, this signature blend from our vineyard combines spice, black and red fruits with hints of game and new leather. Medium in weight, it is deliciously snappy yet fine and soft.
There is no doubt that varietal labelling (i.e. single-variety wines, labelled by the variety) helps make wine approachable and understandable. It does put an emphasis on the variety however, when sometimes the emphasis should be on the vineyard. In other words, letting the character of the site express itself through whatever varieties are best suited, and not being distracted by the characteristics of individual varieties. First made in 2008, this blend received immediate acclaim and success, winnning numerous gold medals. The 2015 blend has 49% Tempranillo, 36% Shiraz and 15% Graciano.
Bright crimson-purple; Mount Majura has a distinguished track record with this blend, and this is yet another extremely good example. What puts it at the front of its class is the balance, texture and synergy, and I shouldn't forget the structure, possibly its best feature. It isn't some spare parts cobbled together because they're Iberian or Italian or whatever: everything sings in perfect harmony. Rating: 96 (James Halliday)
You have to admire the way this wine goes about things. It sees mostly old oak (only 7% new), it leans towards tempranillo in the blend (49%) but it includes that lipsmacking injection of graciano (15%)... The good thing here is that it delivers straight-out juicy drinkability, both delicious and honest, but then folds firm, almost slatey tannin beneath and so, in the process, adds a sense of substance, of structural control. It’s a jubey red, spicy, perfumed and well polished. It’s one of those you-cannot-go-wrong-here reds. This wine has picked up the odd rave, and the odd gold medal, in its journey into public life. It’s not hard to fathom why. Rated : 93 Points (Campbell Mattinson).
A blend of 49% tempranillo, 36% shiraz and 15% graciano, TSG thrills with its vivid purple colour, sweet, seductive aroma and vibrant, harmonious palate. The absolutely delicious palate features the liveliest, freshest fruit flavour imaginable, all held together by savoury tannins that give the wine smooth texture. 94 Points (Chris Shanahan)
Red blends could become one of the most exciting Australian wine categories if winemakers let their imaginations loose. Many follow the heavily-trodden GSM path and make some excellent wines, but with the range of “alternate” varieties now grown in Australia there are myriad possibilities. Frank Van de Loo from Mount Majura in the Canberra District has been innovative, and successfully created a signature blend. We encourage others to follow his example. Bright purple/red colour. Spicy red fruits show out in a very attractive bouquet and the palate is long and silky with a delightfully savoury edge. (Winewise Magazine)
Gold Medal & Trophy, Best Other Red Blend, Winewise Small Vigneron Awards 2016
Gold Medal, Canberra & Region Wine Show 2016