Sixty Second Swirl
I’m not sure about the history of the name, but it’s a better than even bet that “dogs” and “traps” were involved in the naming of the “road”.
What I am sure about is that Dog Trap Vineyard produces wines of high quality and great value. Located on a sun-kissed slope along the Dog Trap Road, the vineyard manager and winemaker – Dennis Hart – applies his passion and practical knowledge to craft some of the best value wines in the Yass Valley region.
A great example is the subject of this week’s “swirl” – the Dog Trap Vineyard Shiraz 2015.
The colour of this Shiraz is deep yet bright crimson.
In a nod to its apparent youth, it takes a while to breathe and open up, but when it does the aromas are rich with blackberries and dark plums overlaid with hints of black olive and freshly cracked peppercorns.
In the mouth, the wine is full of zip and zing with vibrant dark berry fruit flavours. The lively acid and fine tannins lead to an elegant finish.
This a cracking example of cool climate Shiraz and would team up well with a chargrilled lamb cutlet or premium cut of beef.
This wine represents fantastic value at $20, and I bought mine from Dennis at the Murrumbateman Village Markets.