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An Aussie Father’s Day at Lerida Estate

Lerida Estate

Lerida Estate

Today, as an early Father’s Day outing, Aussie Wine Guy and his entourage made the journey to the shores of Lake George and up to the welcoming cellar door at Lerida Estate.  Lerida has a reputation for being one of the Canberra Region’s outstanding vineyards, and its location just to one side of the Federal Highway makes it an ideal place to stop,

Lerida Estate Lerida EstateLerida Estate Lerida Estate

It’s been a while, but Aussie Wine Guy has had the Lerida site on the “TODO” list for quite some time.  We arrived just past midday, and were able to peruse from a tempting variety of food options at Cafe Lerida, before heading to the bar for some wine tasting.  See below for tasting overview.

For lunch, AWG had the Lerida Tasting Plate (above, right) which contained a mouthwatering selection of gourmet treats including some of the best fetta he has tasted in ages.  This was paired to a glass of the 2010 Shiraz Viognier which well complimented the arrangement.

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Lerida Estate

Lerida Estate Wines

  • 2011 Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is a signature variety for the winemakers at Lerida Estate.  The 2011, has a high fidelity bouquet – a succulent combination of fruit overtones – complimented by a dark red colour and decent viscosity.  Subtle undertones of cherry and berries, nice tannin aftertaste, perfect Canberra Region product.

  • 2010 Shiraz Viognier

Slightly softer bouquet with a dark red colour, medium bodied with a balanced flavour, stronger Shiraz tastes dominating the viognier.  Shows signs of promise – could be a dark horse in the cellar.  Should continue to mature for a number of years.

  • 2011 Botrytis Pinot Gris

This is possibly the only Botrytis Pinot Gris in all of the Australian winemaking regions.  Fans of sweet wine will rejoice in the sweetness of this surprising wine.  Unlike other Botrytis-infused varieties (Semillon, Riesling etc) this dessert wine was a treat with a beautiful gold colour, fruit salad bouquet and sugary tastes of apricot, apple and sultanas.  A very nice and intriguing sweet wine.

Lark Hill

On our way back down the Federal Highway, AWG was under instructions to obtain two bottles of Lark Hill’s Auslese Riesling, so we split off and navigated down the refurbished Mac’s Reef Road on the way to Bungendore.

The cellar door was as inviting as always, and AWG took the opportunity to taste two additional glasses before purchasing the required bottles of Auslese as requested.

Lark Hill

Lark Hill Wines

  • 2013 Viognier

Splendid bouquet and very clear colour with limited viscosity.  Slightly higher than anticipated acidity, very fresh zesty and crisp aftertaste, quite nice – perfect summer wine.

  • 2012 Pinot Noir

One of the first varieties at Lark Hill to be made using biodynamic certified processes (they all are now), the Pinot was (in my opinion) nicer than the Lerida product.  Hints of spices, nice ruby colour and good viscosity, cloves and light cinnamon.  A very nice drop.

Some Recommended Canberra Wineries

Preface

There are a lot of very good wineries in the Canberra region, and it’s our intention to visit them all in the not too distant future.  Having said that, there are some standout local producers who warrant highlighting for either the consistent high quality of their wine or the pleasantness of their cellar doors. 

Sometimes this might apply to both!  Note that this is just a limited selection of the many brilliant wine producers in the region; look out for an updated list in coming months.

Note that if you are a local Canberra wine producer and would like to get in touch, Aussie Wine Guy (and associates) are very keen to chat with local producers.  We’d like to learn more about the challenges facing the region in recent times, and to also discover any new varieties being grown (or experimented with!).

Some Canberra Region Cellar Doors

Brindabella Hills

Brindabella Hills

End of Woodgrove Close, via Hall NSW 2618

Nestled in the hills between Canberra and Murrumbateman not far from the idyllic village of Hall, and just down the road from Pankhurst is the tidy vineyard of Brindabella Hills.  It’s a nice stop dropping in on the cellar door and Brindabella Hills are always producing something interesting. 

Their wines are priced in the more moderate $20-$30/bottle range, and the wines themselves are fairly consistently rating around the high 80s to low 90s on the 100-point scale.  We originally ventured here a few years ago drawn by the fairly budget friendly Sauvignon Blanc, but right now their wines are drinking across the board.

Clonakilla

Clonakilla

3 Crisps Lane Murrumbateman NSW 2582

Aussie Wine Guy and associates are quite fond of the wine coming out of this standout Murrumbateman vineyard, which has seen great success in the past six years with their Shiraz Viognier, Syrah and Canberra District Shiraz (the O’Riada), 

The cellar door sits in the middle of the large property, and is an easy drive from the Nation’s capital.  The staff are always friendly and take the time to help visitors through the tasting list.  The member’s mail out means less need to visit the cellar door in person, but there’s substitute for your own personal reconnoitre.

Eden Road

Eden Road Wines

3182 Barton Highway Murrumbateman NSW 2582

Another Murrumbateman property receiving a lot of attention; Eden Road sits just off the busy Barton Highway which links the capital with the smaller town of Yass.  We originally encountered this wine when it was being produced from the Eden Valley property, which is no longer associated. 

That said, you’d be terribly surprised to learn that the NSW property is producing a superb Shiraz, grown locally in the Canberra region.  The real bargain though, is their Hilltops Shiraz which is a steal at around $20 a bottle.  If you happen to be heading towards Murrumbateman, then it’s worth heading off the highway to call in.

Lark Hill

Lark Hill

Corner of Bungendore Rd & Joe Rocks Rd Bungendore, NSW 2621

Having recently visited the winery, we have to heartily endorse the excellent wines being made from this Bungendore area estate.  Not too far off the Federal highway, it’s worth the diversion if only to check out the biodynamic wine and the highly tempting Auslese Riesling. 

Tasting here costs $5 per person, but comes off any purchases made at the cellar door.  The estate also features a restaurant which has a superb setting looking out over the rows of vines.  The staff were very friendly and amiable, made for a very pleasant visit.

Lerida Estate

Lerida Estate

The Vineyards, Old Federal Highway, Lake George, NSW, 2581

We’ve driven past this area, west of Lake George, so many times.  As it turns out, the vineyard has a number of locations around the area although the principal seems to be just south of the small town of Collector (which is north of Lake George). 

The estate produces a wide variety of wines in the Canberra region style, with quality generally varying from good to excellent and prices in the $20-$40 range.  The principal location looks out over majestic Lake George and also has Cafe Lerida – so you can also stop for a delicious meal.

Mount Majura

Mount Majura Vineyard

314 Majura Road, Majura, ACT 2609

The Mount Majura vineyard is a rare example of a vineyard which is actually located within the Australian Capital Territory itself!  Just east of the Federal highway as you drive into the Territory, the vineyard is north-east facing and occupies a good portion of the side of the mountain. 

The vineyard produces some very fine white wine (which we tasted last year at the NSW wine awards) as well as an array of Canberra region favourites. 

Again, wine here is priced between $20 – $40 a bottle, most being in the low $20 range.  A very nice place to visit, and so convenient being literally just a few minutes off the highway.

 

Coming Up..

Later on Aussie Wine Guy we’ll be cracking open a bottle from Hunter Valley producer Brokenwood
It’s a 1996 HBA Shiraz and we’ve had it down for about five years.   The HBA is a blend of the best of seasonal Graveyard (Hunter) and Rayner (McLaren Vale). 
According to the Brokenwood site, it’s easily at drinking age, so stay tuned for the results.