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Mount Majura

www.mountmajura.com.au

RMB 314, Majura Rd, Majura 2609

Cellar Door: Thurs - Mon (10-5)

Ph: (02) 6262 3070

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The first commercial vineyard actually in the ACT, as distinct from the NSW wineries within the Canberra district.

The first 1 ha of vines were planted in 1988 by Dinny Killen on her family property. The site was first identified by Edgar Riek, a pioneer of the Canberra wine district (Lake George Winery), who noticed the presence of limestone and a small patch of red soil facing the morning sun.

The vineyard slopes from a cool-climate altitude of between 660m to 700m but with enough sun to ripen later varieties such as Shiraz. The Pinot was used for Lark Hill's award-winning brand, while the Chardonnay and Merlot came out on the Mount Majura label but were contract-made by Lark Hill.

The regional staple varieties have been joined by Tempranillo, Graciano and Touriga. The Tempranillo and Temp/Shiraz/Graciano blend have both been trophy winners on the wine judging circuit.

Since 1999 a consortium of wine enthusiasts has taken out the ownership. A basic shed cellar door has been established and plans are being drawn up to set up an on-site winery (the wines are currently made by Dr. Frank van de Loo in leased space at Brindbella Hills).

A new feature at the cellar door is the Gumboot Tour. A self-guided "nature trail" through the vineyard, you'll learn about the site, viticulture, and have a chance to take in the best view from the top of the vineyard.

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View of Mt. Majura from Lake Burley Griffin (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)

Mount Majura Riesling 2014

Purchased: Cloudwine, South Melbourne ($26)

Drink: 2016 or 2026+ if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Jan 2015, highly awarded wine, intensely perfumed citrus blossom and white flower aromas, long and shapely lime and apple with apricot and lemon sherbet notes although the residual sugar is still in dry zone, spicy with precise quinine-like minerality and some talciness, the zesty grapefruit acidity perfectly balances the apparent fruit sweetness, outstanding persistence, closer to a good dry Rhine Kabinett than the Clare Valley (*****)

Mount Majura Riesling 2012

Purchased: Cloudwine, South Melbourne ($25)

Drink: 2014 or 2021+ if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: July 2013, another example of this excellent vintage for Canberra Rieslings, vibrant and linear limes, apples and lemon zest with jasmine and white flower notes, dusting of brown spices, focussed spine of powdery phenolics, racy grapefruit acidity and wet slate on the finish, well balanced (****1/2)

Mount Majura Tempranillo 2010

Purchased: Cloudwine, South Melbourne ($39)

Drink: 2022

(GXY) Tasting: July 2013, no fining and minimal filtration, as a 3 year old this is now starting to open up to show its promise, highly aromatic, fresh, powerful and fleshy core of blueberries and plums with cola, leather, game and tobacco complexity, slaty minerality slides into the grainy savoury tannins, the seasoned toasty brings some cinnamon-malt to the finish, excellent line and length and good acidity, up there with the best New World examples and certainly more vibrant than many similarly priced Riojas (*****)

Mount Majura Chardonnay 2010

Purchased: Dan Murphys, Melb CBD ($29)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: June 2013, wild ferment, early picked style, about 25% malo, modestly creamy and fairly intense lemon, white peach and honeydew melon with barrel ferment and mealy lees notes, good line with tangy acidity but would have liked to see a bit more length, savoury oak is well integrated (****)

Mount Majura Tempranillo Shiraz Graciano 2010

Purchased: Cloudwine, South Melb ($21)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2012, 45% Tempranillo, 38% Shiraz and 17% Graciano, fragrant, fleshy and supple core medium bodied red fruits and black cherry with anise, white pepper, game, pepper and flat cola notes, mainly seasoned oak stays in the background but brings some roast coffee touches, lively herbally acidity with chalky tannins, each element pulls its weigth without disprupting the seamless flow (****1/2)

Mount Majura Tempranillo 2009

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2010, Silver Medal at Canberra Regional Wine Show 2010, brambly blueberry and black cherry with dried herb and liquorice notes, good depth and length, texture is enriched by the infusion with grainy savoury tannins, restrained mocha-vanilla oak, a citrus twist on the finish, deserves its Silver Medal (****1/2)

Mount Majura Riesling 2009

Purchased: Not ($21)

Drink: 2011 or 2019 if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2010, fairly focussed lime and lemon zest with jasmine notes and a spine of chalky phenolics, lingering grapefruit acidity on the wet slate finish (****)

Mount Majura Tempranillo Shiraz Graciano 2008

Purchased: Not ($21)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2010, Bronze Medal at Canberra Regional Wine Show 2010, 56% Tempranillo, 31% Shiraz and 13% Graciano, medium bodied, savoury plum and cherry with anise, leather and flat cola notes, mainly seasoned oak stays in the background but brings some roast coffee touches, tangy acidity keeps the finish lively (****)

Mount Majura Chardonnay 2008

Purchased: Not ($21)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2010, Bronze Medal at Canberra Regional Wine Show 2010, some barrel ferment input, vibrant nectarine and melon with some mid-palate leesy creaminess and attractive mineral and savoury complexity, lively grapefruit acidity with restrained oak (****)

Mount Majura Riesling 2010

Purchased: Not ($21)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2010, seems a bit broader than the previous couple of vintages, lime and lemon zest with jasmine notes, minerally with some bracing grapefruit acidity (***1/2)

Mount Majura Pinot Noir 2008

Purchased: Not ($21)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2010, dominated by MV6 clone, unfined and lightly filtered, earthy light-medium bodied strawberry and red cherry with liquorice notes, some sappy/foresty notes from the 20% whole bunch inclusion, fine powdery tannins, spicy French oak (***1/2)

Mount Majura Shiraz 2008

Purchased: Not ($26)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2010, using Best’s (for minerality), 1127 (for rich chocolate) and PT23 (for blackberry and pepper) clones, savoury and medium bodied blackberry and mulberry with pepper, fine tannins and a chocolate-mint finish (***)

Mount Majura Dinny’s Block 2008

Purchased: Not

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2010, blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, spicy, medium bodied blackberry, mulberry and blackcurrant with menthol notes, firm but fine tannins (***)

Mount Majura Riesling 2008

Purchased: Cloudwine, South Melbourne ($20)

Drink: 2010 or 2018

(GXY) Tasting: May 2010, sleek, linear and long showing lime and green apple with a backbone of chalky phenolics, bracing grapefruit acidity (****)

Mount Majura Canberra District Pinot Gris 2007

Purchased: Cloudwine, South Melbourne ($17)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2007, attractive summer food wine style showing spicy pear, orange blossom, mandarin with a touch of ginger spice, smooth barrel ferment with a well judged crisp chalky mineral finish (****)

Mount Majura Canberra District Chardonnay 2002

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: April 2006, yellow-green colour, tight and flinty, nectarine, stonefruit and grapefruit flavours, with a touch of both honey, fig and faint matchstick on palate, subtle cashew oak with minerally dry finish (***1/2)

Mount Majura Canberra District Pinot Noir 2002

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: April 2006, from MV6 and 114 clones and blended with grapes from the original Dinny's Block, Silver Medallist at Canberra Regional Wine Show, rich and savoury dark cherry and plum nose, palate is light and delicate but shows sweet spice and forest floor complexity, subtle charry vanilla oak, well balanced acid and tannins (***1/2)