The Thursday Tipple – 2010 Mount Majura Shiraz

by C.A. Bonham

Seeing as the highest temperature in our Nation’s Capital this week has been 13 degrees, we’re still in red country. Don’t worry, we also love the whites of the Canberra region – we’ll have some coming up over the next few Tipples.

But for now, let us say “We love you… Shiraz.”

The Mount Majura Vineyard 2010 Shiraz is another feather in the cap for Shiraz in the Canberra region.  Gorgeous dark cherry in colour, it’s not giving you everything all at once. This is a wine that opens up, changes and beckons us while prodding at our curiosity.  The tannins are fine, leaving a smooth mouthfeel that is balanced beautifully with sharp acidity. You’re almost tricked into believing it’s another soft, delicate, Canberra red.  Then… the fruit.  OH, the fruit! Blackberry, cherry, candied forest-floor fruits and sweet musk… it’s like four different wines in one.

This Shiraz really does give you more and more as you venture further and further to the bottom of the bottle. This started as a tentative first date, with us holding back our inhibitions.  By the end we had opened up, we’d shared, we got closer… and it was pretty wild.

You can pick the Mount Majura 2010 Shiraz from their friendly team in the cellar door of their vineyard on Majura Road. There are a number of restaurants in our region who stock the 2010 Mount Majura Vineyard Shiraz and for those wanting to explore this exquisite beast at home, it’s available from Dan Murphys, First Choice Liquor and Plonk.