I have been aware of Mallaluka Wines for a while now, but it has taken me up until now to rip the cork from one of their wares.  This very boutique, family-owned and run operation is situated on a high, sloping aspect at the Yass end of Dog Trap Road, and their wines certainly seem as appealing as the views over the valley from the property.  The subject of this week’s “swirl” – the Mallaluka Wines Syrah 2021 – is a great example of quality cool climate wine production.  I like the term “Syrah” too, as this promotes the distinctive differences of their cool-climate version of Shiraz over those from warmer growing climates.

This wine is an attractive, bright but deep ruby red colour in the glass.  A swirl invigorates aromas of blackberries and boysenberries with ripe blood plums and the cool climate spice notes of white pepper, crushed cloves a hint of star anise.  The palate is immediately inviting with mouth-filling, luscious and vibrant dark berry fruit flavours, leading to a pillowy plush finish and a touch of tannic grip.  A very food fondling wine for this time of year.

We enjoyed our bottle with slow-cooked beef pieces in a rich, Chinese-style black bean and garlic gravy, then deep fried with a spicy, crispy coating.  The fruit, acid and spice of the wine worked wonders with the dish.  It would go really well with slowly braised lamb shanks in a rich tomato, and red wine-based sauce or grilled lamb chops sprinkled with rosemary, salt and pepper.  I sourced my bottle from the great local selection at “Thyme to Taste” in Yass, but you can also buy online for $40.

Brent Lello

Yass Valley Wine Columnist

Mallaluka is, by any measure, a boutique operation. We are committed to producing premium, handmade wines that reflect the very best of the cool climate Canberra District. Family-owned and run, we drink what we make; the rest is for you.