New South Wales has an extreme diversity of terroirs and climates; 6 regions that produce an abundance of styles. Cool climate regions like Canberra district are forging forward with their aromatic, perfumed and elegant flavours with Nick O’ Leary capturing all manner of red fruits and white pepper in his 2018 Heywood Shiraz. Lerida Estate, nestled at the foot of the Cullerin Range at Lake George, is a must stop for their café fares and 2017 Shiraz Viognier which showcases perfectly ripe cherries, liquorice and a svelte velvety texture.
More moderate climates can take you to the renowned Hunter Valley, home to Australia’s oldest wine growing region and over 150 wine producers; a destination for multiple visits per year, as if you needed the excuse. The 2017, 2018 and 2019 vintages were showstoppers and take up a good portion of my Vintecs at Quay Restaurant, with the longevity of the region’s wines undeniable. Andrew Thomas’ 2019 Sweetwater Shiraz from a single vineyard in Belford is alluring with purple florals and a tightly knit tannin frame that carries the red and blueberries for days. Vinden Wines have the spread of traditional and experimental shiraz with Angus Vinden a good example of how the region is constantly reinventing and growing.