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2006 Col­lec­tor shi­razes THE 2006 Col­lec­tor Re­serve Shi­raz ($46.95) re­ceived 95 points in my2009 WineCom­pan­ion but in the blind tast­ing on this oc­ca­sion I gave it 96 points. It is a truly won­der­ful wine, highly aro­matic, the glo­ri­ous palate with waves of dark fruits and spices sup­ported by vel­vet tan­nins. The 2006 Col­lec­tor Marked Tree Shi­raz (91 points, $26.95) fol­lows in the foot­steps of the 2005, which was awarded wine of the year at the 2007 NSW Wine Awards. So who makes th­ese wines? Alex McKay, a for­mer Kam­berra wine­maker who left when Kam­berra was sold by Hardys, and who is a con­sul­tant and con­tract wine­maker in the Can­berra dis­trict while de­vel­op­ing his Col­lec­tor Wines busi­ness.

www.col­lec­tor­ James Halliday

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