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Huon Hooke is one of Australia’s best known wine journalists, who makes his living entirely out of writing, judging, lecturing and educating people about wine. Hooke writes for several publications, including the Sydney Morning Herald and Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine.
Every year, Hooke publishes a highly anticipated list of the best wines in NSW. “Thanks in part to an expanding gang of experimental young winemakers, NSW has become a truly exciting winescape in the past several years,” Hooke notes.
This is certainly the case in the Canberra District, where two exceptional wines have been recognised as among the best of the best. A brief excerpt of Hooke’s reviews for the two Canberra wines are below.
Lark Hill ‘MrV’ Marsanne Roussanne Viognier 2013
Chris Carpenter is second-generation winemaker at his family’s biodynamic Bungendore vineyard, and he’s stretching his wings a little with this new wine. Its full yellow colour and rich, round, full-bodied and slightly viscous texture are telltales that some of the grapes were fermented on their skins like a red wine – an old technique which is newly fashionable. Too much results in an ugly, tannic wine, but Carpenter gets the balance right. It’s a gorgeous wine, overflowing with peach and honey aromas and flavours of depth and complexity.
You can read more about Lark Hill online.
Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier 2013
A candidate for NSW’s most illustrious wine of all, this glorious red made by Tim Kirk in his family’s Murrumbateman winery pioneered in Australia the fermentation of cool-climate shiraz with a tiny percentage of white viognier. It’s a masterpiece of finesse, especially with the stellar 2013 vintage. The alter-ago of warm-area South Australian shiraz, it’s lighter in colour, very fragrant in its spice and red-fruit aromas, with great elegance in the mouth, rather than bigness. Its fine tannins caress the tongue rather than grip it. The finish is very long and hauntingly beautiful. Nowhere else in this country does shiraz achieve such complexity and allure so young.
You can read more about Clonakilla here.
Huon Hooke’s full article can be viewed and read online.
Feature image of grapes in a vineyard courtesy of Shutterstock.