This 5 star rated winery in Halliday’s 2011 Wine Companion was only established in 2006… Eden Road wines in the Canberra region is fast developing a reputation for great value wines of pure quality, and their 2008 Hilltops Shiraz already won the Jimmy Watson Memorial trophy (highly desired by many winemakers in Australia, with over 4,600 entries every year). These are just a few of their wines:
THE LONG ROAD 2009 RHE VIOGNIER – 100% Viognier. Interesting fragrance, with stone fruits and a hint of tropical fruits and spice. On the palate it’s savoury and elegant with a lean, refreshing acidity. There is a hint of oiliness, but less than many viogniers. Acidity balances well with structure. Great with Asian food. Interestingly just at 12% alcohol. Rrp about $22.
THE LONG ROAD PINOT NOIR 2009 – My pick of the range if I had to choose. One of the best Pinot Noirs I’ve tried below $25. This retails for about $22. Perfumed without overt sweetness – red cherries, dark berries, and hints of exotic spices. On the palate – vibrant, juicy red fruits, with darker tones including a hint of licorice and velvety, plush tannins underlying. Seamless flavour and pleasant smooth finish.
THE LONG ROAD SHIRAZ 2009 – The next vintage after the Jimmy Watson winning Hilltops Shiraz in 2008. This year the Shiraz is sourced from Hilltops/Canberra regions. Colour and perfume are bright, with a vibrant but well structured medium body. Plenty of fruit (berry) flavours with smooth edges and acidity. Oak is subtle on the palate, so if you like your red wines bright and vibrant, but still with the body and finesse of a Shiraz (or getting into Shiraz), this is worth trying. Rrp about $22.
Keep an eye out for this winery! http://www.edenroadwines.com.au/ Cheers!