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Kamberra

www.devinefunctioncentre.com.au

Cnr. Northbourne Ave and Flemington Rd, Lyneham, Canberra, 2602

Cellar Door: Daily (10 - 5)

Ph: (02) 6262 2333

Kamberra winery
The Kamberra winery complex in Canberra's northern suburbs

The winery, opened in 2000, represented a major investment in the Canberra wine industry by the Hardys Group (see McLaren Vale)

The 2000 tonne, 40 ha winery is located within the northern Canberra suburb of Lyneham adjacent to the racecourse grounds and close to the showgrounds where the national wine show is held every year.

The winery complex includes the Meeting Place restaurant and a large display promoting the main wineries in the Canberra district. The Riesling and Canberra District Shiraz were the only entirely estate-grown wines but the others have some Kamberra vineyard input to them.

The range also included Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc, a Traminer Riesling blend and a mainly non-estate Shiraz. The involvement of Hardys ensured that there is some limited interstate distribution in the retail chains.

However, the winery was sold in March 2007 to Canberra company, Elvin, although the business seems to have been left intact. It is trading as the Kamberra Wine Company as part of the DeVine Function Centre. The conference and event functions are now the main focus.

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)

Kamberra Meeting Place Viognier 2004

Purchased: Espy Hotel, St. Kilda, Vic ($17)

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2006, fresh lime and apricot flavours, spicy palate with orange peel notes, drops off a bit quickly but there is a pleasing nutty finish (***1/2)

Kamberra Canberra District Shiraz 2001

Purchased: Cellar Door ($30)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: August 2005, much more structure than the Meeting Place Shiraz, fragrant blackberry and black cherry with clove and cinnamon notes and cold climate pepper, spicy medium bodied palate with chocolate oak finish, silky finish (****)

Kamberra Meeting Place Riesling 2004

Purchased: Liquorland, Civic, Canberra ($16)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: (1) August 2005, a bit thin and tight but lime and grapefruit fruit is there, a pleasant summer quaffer, suitable for salty food or salsas (**1/2) (2) Feb 2007, lively green apple, lime and lemon, generous fruit-driven backbone drives through to the end, chalky mineral base, assertive citric acid finish (***1/2)

Kamberra Meeting Place Sauvignon Blanc 2004

Purchased: Liquorland, Civic, Canberra ($16)

Drink: 2005

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2006, straw coloured, fragrant nose of lychee and citrus, not grassy but has a pleasing crisp minerally finish, slightly fading now (***)

(G) Tasting: Aug 2006, most identified the flavours as lychee or passionfruit also with a kiwi-fruit expression, the palate was fruity and zestful, most also noted secondary complexity flavours developing in the 2 year old wine such as honey, fig or vanilla (range 3 4) (average 4.1 stars)

Kamberra Meeting Place Traminer Riesling 2004

Purchased: Not

Drink: 2005

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2005, fuller than the Riesling, has the floral lychee flavours of Traminer with delicate lemon and lime, not too sweet or over-bearing, a pleasant summer aperitif (***)

Kamberra Meeting Place Shiraz 2002

Purchased: Not

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2005, combines Hilltops and Canberra fruit, has the distinct cold climate pepper with strong plum and berry, medium bodied with soft tannins, a bit simple (**1/2)