THE THURSDAY TIPPLE – 2010 Nick O’Leary Shiraz

by C.A. Bonham

A well stocked fridge – Nick O’Leary’s 2010 Shiraz

2010 was not an easy one for Canberra Vineyards. We were given a warm spring that excited us all as a hot November led way for early flowering. However, Mother Nature can be a cruel mistress as December and January brought rain, cold and all the mould & disease problems that come with it. Some vineyards reported almost no issues, however many were not so fortunate.

The result at best would be something like Nick O’Leary has achieved with his 2010 Shiraz. Not your average Aussie Shiraz, it’s an extremely floral, gracious and gorgeous little number. Spice, raspberry and delicate sweet oak notes give way to a fine and sultry mouth-feel. Nick O’Leary has a way of achieving brilliant balance in his wines and the 2010 Shiraz is no exception. You’re given just enough of everything to round out this slender, cool-climate wine. Although we would be lying if we said we were left entirely satisfied. The wine itself is stunning and displays no flaws whatsoever; which combined with The Canberran’s underlying lust for Nick O’Leary’s wines makes it difficult to say we wanted more. It just seems that the less than ideal weather in 2010 has meant it doesn’t have the ripe fruit and thick, round, hearty characteristics we would usually expect. However, as we tasted this wine with a handful of friends… many remarked that this was their preferred style of Shiraz; that it would lend itself to a greater range of food and would be an impressive yet safe option for a dinner party to cater for varying palettes. If you’re intrigued enough (and you should be), then you need to invest your $28 to experience what one of Canberra’s best wine-makers has on offer.

Where can I get it?

From the Nick O’Leary Wines website, various bottle shops and it’s a staple for many restaurants in the Canberra region.