New dog, gun wines

Life & Style Weekend - - EASY EATING - with Re­gan Drew

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

Alc: 10.5%

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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