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Brindabella Hills

www.brindabellahills.com.au

Woodgrove Close, via Hall, ACT, 2618

Cellar Door: Weekend and pub hols (10 -5)

Ph: (02) 6230 2538

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Brindabella Hills is a classy small scale (4 ha) winery established in 1986 by research scientist Dr. Roger Harris. The winery is situated 25 km to the north of Canberra on a ridge above the Murrumbidgee with spectacular views of Brindabella Ranges.

Its fragrant lime-blossom Rieslings and elegant, medium bodied Shirazes have won winning admirers outside of Canberra and consistent high ratings from the wine judges. The Reserve is a regular winner.

Harris also grows Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Cabernet Franc at the estate and is experimenting with Italian varieties of Sangiovese and Brunello. Some fruit is also purchased from the Hilltops region. The cellar door includes picnic and BBQ facilities.

Brindabella winery pic
Entrance to Brindabella Hills winery (photo: genxywines)
Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

Brindabella Riesling 2015

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2016, fragrant and intense lime, apple and guava with rose petal and spice note, long with a bright acid finish, I like this wine young but the terpenes take over in the later stages so I would drink this early unless you are a fan of kerosene style (****)

Brindabella Hills Riesling 2013

Purchased:  Not ($23)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Apr 2015, quite perfumed although the dry palate is slightly subdued, minerally lime, apple and citrus blossom with a sliver of guava, slight whiff of kerosene (terpene) and rose petal,  fine talcy texture with bright lemony acidity, this is lighter, delicate style that is makes for good drinking now but the track record in my cellar has been that the terpenes take over after about 5 years (***1/2)

Brindabella Hills Reserve Shiraz 2008

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2010, Bronze Medal at Canberra Regional Wine Show 2010, selection of the best barrels gives extra fruit depth compared to the standard, fragrant, medium-full bodied blackberry and mulberry with cracked black pepper and violet notes, underlying savoury earthiness, spicy cedar oak, firm but supple tannins (****)

Brindabella Hills Riesling 2010

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2012 or 2018 if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2010, riper style showing kaffir lime, passionfruit and rose petal, very fine talcy texture, crisp lemon acidity with a wet slate finish, good length although a little broader than the best vintages, track record shows it will develop a kerosene aspect with bottle age (***1/2)

Brindabella Riesling 2006

Purchased: Cloudwine, South Melbourne ($18)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting, Sept 2007, tingly lime and tropical fruit with a faint touch of kerosene, slaty mineral base with a chalky finish, lemon citric acids and some light spritz, attractive and quite approachable now but is likely to develop a pungent kerosene aspect, drink in the next couple of years unless you like this aspect (****)

Brindabella Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

Purchased: Cloudwine, South Melb ($20)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: July 2007, lively blackcurrant and mulberry with liquorice, black pepper and cinnamon features, medium-full bodied with fine tannins, plenty of acid but creamy vanilla and dark chocolate oak features, good line and length (****)

Brindabella Hills Riesling 2003

Purchased: BWS, Kingston Shops, Canberra, ($22)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2006, very deep lime flavours with rounded toasty features of a 3 year old Riesling, zesty balancing acidity remains but is developing the strong kerosene aspect so loved by wine judges but despised by most consumers, if you don't like the age developed kero aspect then drink it young (**1/2)

(G) Tasting: Aug 2006, yellow gold colour, lime with honeyed vanilla or toasty complexity, quite acidic on back palate, showing unpleasant chemical or kerosene flavours, or cutting to the chase - 'yuk' as one taster put it (range 0 - 2.5 stars) (average 1.5 stars)

Brindabella Hills Shiraz 2002

Purchased: Cadamber Cellars, Garema Place, Civic, Canberra, ($24)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: June 2005, peppery blackberry and black cherry, spicy but smooth with long finish, medium bodied with good structure and intensity, subtle oak and fine tannins but the full potential will be realised after six or seven years cellaring (***1/2)