Sixty Second Swirl by Brent Lello

Shaw Wines is definitely a “Must Do” destination for wine-loving locals and travellers alike.  Their wines, the cellar door and their people epitomise high quality, vibrant personality and sense of place. 

Graeme Shaw – Owner & Winemaker

Shaw Wines also craft a blend that in my opinion should be more commonplace across our region, Cabernet Shiraz. 

The blending of these 2 varieties provides a best-of-both-worlds experience and this week’s “swirl” is a great example – the Shaw Wines Cabernet Shiraz 2018 – is a ripping example.  This wine is roundly 2/3 Cabernet Sauvignon and 1/3 Shiraz.

This wine is a real deep, broodingly dark red colour in the glass with a vibrant purple edge. 

To me, a swirl reveals a veritable compote of black fruit aromas including blackcurrants, blackberries, boysenberry and dark cherries, heightened with hints of mocha and cool climate spice. 

In the mouth, it’s vibrant with cherry and berry fruit flavours, well-balanced acidity and soft tannins.

We enjoyed our bottle with linguine pasta with pork and fennel sausage ragout and would go well with any richly sauced pasta dish or roasted leg of lamb.

I sourced mine as part of a wine club member regular dozen, but you can buy for $34 online.


Image at top: The Shaw family – L-R Michael Olinder (Operations Manager), Michael Shaw (Viticulturist), Tanya Olinder (Manager), Ann Shaw (Owner), Graeme Shaw (Owner)