Situated in the picturesque Hall Valley, in the Murrumbidgee River corridor, just outside the ACT, the Nick O'Leary estate incorporates a modern winemaking facility and a mature five hectare vineyard. Since their beginnings, well over a decade ago, their focus has always been to make hand worked Shiraz and Riesling wines that truly exhibit the character of the region as well as expressing Nick's unique personality and style. His wines have received high profile recognition at a national and international level including the prestigious Stodart Trophy in 2014 and the NSW Wine of the Year in both 2014 and 2015 – the latter being the first and only time in the awards 20-year history that the accolade has been received multiple times by a single producer, let alone in consecutive years.
JAMES HALLIDAY - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION
From five vineyards in the Canberra District, 65% whole berries, 35% whole bunches, 7 days cold soak, open-fermented, part with extended post-ferment maceration, matured for 12 months in French oak (35% new). Good colour, clarity and depth; an attractive medium-bodied shiraz that starts ticking all the boxes from the first whiff and sip. The flavours are tilted towards plum and dark cherry, the mouthfeel provided by the freshness of moderate alcohol and supple tannins.
JOE CZERWINSKI - WINE ADVOCATE
O'Leary calls the 2016 "a warmish year, not a great one." His 2016 Shiraz epitomizes the character of the Shiraz from this region: medium-bodied, silky and eminently drinkable. Raspberries and tar mark the nose, while the tannins are ripe but not overextracted, finishing on a softly dusty note. It should drink well for up to decade.