The Thursday Tipple: 2010 Bourke Street Shiraz

by The Editor

2010 Bourke Street Shiraz

We are holding our own well in the Canberra region. Very well indeed, as evidenced by the high-profile exhibitors at this year’s Harvest Festival. While Shiraz in Australia is inevery way a big, generous and hearty varietal,  Canberra is giving Shiraz-lovers something different – a difference evident in the 2010 Bourke Street Shiraz.

Nick O’Leary and Alex McKay each have their own labels (Nick O’Leary and Collector Wines respectively), and as part of a young, new wave of wine-making in the Canberra Region they have combined to create Bourke Street Wines.

Okay, but what does it taste like?

Medium-bodied, pretty, delicate wines are truly… well, Canberra. The fruit characteristics we get from shiraz in Canberra is unique and the Bourke Street is a cracking example of what can be achieved. 

To call it a side-project would be a little insulting given the standard of wines they are putting together. Their 2010 Shiraz is a distinctive wine with beautiful ripe leafy characteristics, cherry fruit and the near-patented Canberra white-pepper notes we love and expect from Canberra Shiraz. At a guess, the boys have used a small amount of viognier that gives the wine a delicate sweetness. As the wine opens up a little more, you also get a hint of cigar-smoke to round out this gorgeously complex wine.

This is a very smart wine for the price ($20); so well done, Alex & Nick.

So, where can I get it?

From the Bourke Street website.  It’s also been spotted at Mint Garden Bar in Gorman House, and for those interested in a tipple at home try Plonk (Fyshwick Markets) or First Choice Liquor (Woden).

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