Shaw Vineyard Estate 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz, $32
While the Canberra region has great success with Riesling and Shiraz, a lot of people are unaware that it also produces some fine Cabernet, especially around Murrumbateman where Shaw Vineyard is located. Graeme Shaw has had great success with Cabernet over the years and this 2016 blend is no exception. Both 2015 and 2016 were excellent vintages for Shaw Cabernet, and so for these two vintages, Shaw chose to produce an 85% Cabernet 15% Shiraz blend rather than the predominantly Shiraz blend favoured in previous vintages. Matured in French oak for 22 months, this classy red has generous notes of blueberries and blackberries, with subtle hints of pepper and spice. It’s already scooped up a few awards in international competitions, which is not surprising as in our eyes it is definitely a winner.