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THE Burton family bought a Canberra region vineyard in 2006 and Gundog Estate was born. Operations are based out of the Hunter Valley where the team has its main cellar door and vineyard in the Mount View region, but there are plans to open a second cellar door in Gundaroo, just outside Canberra this year. Second-generation Matt Burton is the winemaker and passionate about single vineyard wines.
Gundog Estate, Wild Semillon, Hunter Valley, 2016
This pushes the boundaries of Hunter Valley semillon. Textural palate, with a little sweetness yet balanced with typical Hunter acidity. Delicious. Rating: 9/10 RRP: $30
Gundog Estate, Shiraz, Canberra region, 2015
Grapes sourced from the quality growing area of Murrumbateman. Spicy and fragrant aromas of peppercorn sauce, lavender oil, leather, black olives and black cherries. Plenty of spice on the palate, too. Rating: 9/10 RRP: $40 Alc: 14.5%
Gundog Estate, Hilltops Shiraz No.2, Hilltops, 2015
Truth in labelling indeed, this is the second release of Gundog’s Hilltops Shiraz. The Hilltops region neighbours the Canberra region and this fruit is sourced from the highly regarded Freeman family vineyard. Rating: 9/10 RRP: $35 Alc: 14.4%
Wines available from gundogestate.com.au
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