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Collector Wines

12 Bourke St, Collector, 2581 (postal)

Cellar Door: Not

Ph: (02) 6116 8722

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Collector is an exciting new brand established in 2007 by former Kamberra wine-maker Alex McKay. The initial portfolio consisted of two stylish Shirazes - the elegant Marked Tree Red Shiraz sourced from various Murrumbateman vineayrds, and the Reserve sourced from a single vineyard on a granite outcrop near Murrumbateman.

This has been joined by a stylish barrel fermented Marsanne.

Collector Wines made its mark on the national wine scene at the 2010 Sydney Royal Wine Show, picking up four trophies including the coveted best red wine of show. Alex was also a finalist in the national Young Guns of Wine Awards 2010.

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)

Collector Marked Tree Red Shiraz 2014

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2027

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2018, 25% whole bunch, perfumed and energetic black cherry and plum with aniseed, savoury olive and smoked game notes, the alcohol is quite light at 12.8%, some cedar/clove and fine ripe tannins and slightly sappy acidity †(****1/2)

Collector Lamplit Marsanne 2011

Purchased: Not ($32)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2012, as with the 2010 there is a dash of Viognier and Marsanne, whole bunch pressed, full malo and barrel fermented in seasoned French oak, slightly leaner than the 2010 but long and textured, creamy orange peel and apple with pepper, ginger and acacia notes, finishes savoury with fine phenolics and a touch of gun flint (****)

Collector Marked Tree Red Shiraz 2010

Purchased: Vintage Cellars, Albert Park ($27)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2011, focussed, silky and glossy red cherry and blackberry with aniseed, rose petal and cracked black pepper notes, medium bodied and seamlessly integrated with fresh sappy acidity and discrete hazelnut/vanilla oak, savoury meat nuances on the back half, balanced and drinking well now but Iím prepared to give this some medium term cellaring (****1/2)

Collector Lamplit Marsanne 2010

Purchased: Not ($32)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2011, also includes a small Rousanne and Viognier inputs, whole bunch pressed and barrel fermented in seasoned French oak, viscous, medium bodied and creamy orange rind and apple with cinnamon, ginger and acacia notes, finishes with savoury and flinty phenolics (****)

Collector Reserve Shiraz 2009

Purchased: Not ($60)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2010, from mature vines in granitic soils at Kyeema near Murrumbateman, perfumed with a deeper fruit expression than the Marked Tree, very long and minerally core of mulberry and black cherry fruit with dried herb and savoury complexity, whole bunch ferment brings some a light sappy and leafy feel, dense tannins are tightly interwoven with the fruit and toasty spicy oak (*****)

Collector Marked Tree Red Shiraz 2008

Purchased: Prince Wine Store, South Melbourne ($25)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2010, whole bunch ferment with some stalk inclusion, fragrant, savoury and light-medium bodied showing brambly mulberry, cherry and plum with pepper and dried herb notes, lovely texture and seamless tannin and fruit integration, light touch of sappy acidic but doesnít feel at all under-ripe, spicy hazelnut-vanilla oak, excellent value example of the great Northern Rhone style emerging from Canberra (****1/2)