Yep, call me biased but I am yet to taste a bad ’18 vintage red from the district. The vintage was one of the warmest on record, with dry conditions throughout aside from a little rain in February to freshen up the vines. In general the red wines from the ‘17-’18 growing season show a lovely softness and depth across the board.
The 2018 Shaw Shiraz once again proves the point. Given the vintage conditions, it’s to be expected to see this wine at the bolder, more full bodied end of the spectrum for a Canberra District Shiraz. Having said that, there’s still some cool climate restraint here too. Dark brooding fruits, spice and savour, this is a big wine for the locals but in the company of shiraz from warmer regions, the Shaw Shiraz still gives away its cooler climate breeding. As winter weather closes in, I’d be drinking this with some sort of slow cooked ragout, something with plenty of rich full flavour to leave you satisfied and warm. Or perhaps, save it for after dinner and curl up near the fire with a glass and a good book. Either way, the Shaw ‘18 Shiraz is unlikely to disappoint.