2006 Capercaillie The Ghillie, Hunter Valley NSW

14% alc

Grapes: Shiraz/Syrah

Fruit sourced from the exceptional Graham Woodward’s Valley View Vineyard planted in 1972. The wine was bought at the cellar door, which is a must to visit at least once. A combination gallery and cellar door there is a little for everyone. The wines are works of art in the bottle.

The Ghillie is the premium offering from the Capercaillie team. It is a dark, dense red in the glass and incredibly perfumed. There’s the typical Hunter funkiness on the nose, with a promise of richness of dark fruit and maybe even a little spice. Once tasted, the promises were confirmed. This is one consistent beguiling wine that should be enjoyed as slowly as possible over a period of time. Crushed wild cherry stones, cherries, mulberries, with lifted notes of something almost animalistic make this one seductive liquid. Amazing balance, nice tannin and acid integrate well with what would seem high alcohol but that is so well blended one does not notice. (Why did I not get more?!!!!!!)