The Thursday Tipple – 2008 Brindabella Hills Shiraz

by C.A. Bonham

Hello all, it’s that time again… where we dedicate ourselvesd to trying, testing, deciphering and lusting after more of the produce from our local vineyards.  On this occassion we are in the Hall region of Canberra at Brindabella Hills; and it’s Shiraz we are after.

Just a lazy 20km from the centre of Canberra you will find the sub-region of Hall. An unassuming little quartet of Surveyors Hill, Pankhurst Wines, Wallaroo Wines and Brindabella Hills. Perfect for those wanting an introduction to our region’s offering, but also a great starting point if you’re in for a day out exploring the region. Brindabella Hills will give you plenty to talk about; with winemaker Roger Harris’ well-crafted, intelligent and all-in-all gorgeous wines. In fact, the Brindabella Hills Riesling would be one of our favourites here at The Canberran… but we’ll come to that in time as the days get warmer. For now, we want Shiraz!

The 2008 Shiraz was picked following a summer split between sunny weather and summer storms. It spent twenty-two months in a combination of French and American oak barrels, and released in 2011.

So what’s it like?

It’s pretty. So, SO pretty. At a guess, this Shiraz has been left on the skins for some time during the wine-making process as it’s very dark in colour. There are beautiful dark cherry notes with finish of delicate spice.  The winemakers have done a great job at achieving all this, yet not compromising on any undesirable tannin.

The tannins are round although grippy enough to have presence without it feeling like your tongue is at their whim. With great fruit yet still being on the delicate side of the spectrum, this is spring red-wine drinking at it’s best. Get some friends, get in the sunshine with some cheese, fruit and smoked meats… and open a bottle of 2008 Brindabella Hills Shiraz!

Where can I get it?

Like many Canberra Shiraz, it’s not a cheap experience at $28 but if you live in Canberra there’s a good chance you can afford it. The 2008 Shiraz is available at their Cellar Door as well as various restaurants, cafes & bottle shops in the Canberra region.