Philip Shaw Character Series Architect Chardonnay 2009 (6 x 750mL), NSW

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Fruit for The Architect comes from our younger vines planted in 1995. The blocks on which it is grown have a southerly aspect and are very cool. Vertically trained vines are grown in red, rocky soil, free-draining and deep; ideal for this variety

NSW - Orange
New South Wales

Expert Reviews

Matthew Jukes 100 Best Australian Wines 2009 "The drama quotient is on red alert with this unoaked, yet searingly dry Orange Chardony. The Shaw manifesto states that every wine released from this operation should challenge the drinker with every sip. The leesy, tangy, white-knuckle fruit on display here makes your brain pop with excitement as you murmur appreciatively into your glass.", Matthew Jukes (Global), May 2009

Winery Tasting Notes


Light straw with sun-kissed green hue.


Vibrant fresh fruit aromas. This chardonnay has amazing power of fruit and clarity balanced with layers of character and complexity.


The intense fruit flavour continues onto the palate. The extended time on yeast lees has supported the fruit and mid-palate softness. The varietal fruit flavours are present leaving a wonderful fresh, clean and long finish.

NSW - Orange
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The purchase of the Koomooloo property in 1989 marked the start of an adventure and a dream realised for Philip Shaw. Much study and planning had gone into finding this site, one that was ideal for making an elegant, bright, intense wines, with its high altitude, cool climate and aspects to the North, South and East. At nearly 900m altitude, Koomooloo is one of the higher planted vineyards in Australia. The vineyard’s soil is an interesting mix of topsoil wind blown from central Australia, reputed to be some of the oldest on the planet, and volcanic red sub soil set over deep limestone. Now 20 years on, Koomooloo has 47 hectares of vines planted, all vertically trained on a single cordon. The vines are hand-pruned, shoot thinned, bunch thinned prior to veriasion to achieve the desired low crops. Fruit is hand picked at relatively low sugar levels but exhibiting bright intense fruit characters with a clearly defined varietal character. Whole bunches travel down a sorting table with 4 people on either side removing green or damaged berries, only clean fruit remains. “A great wine is a marriage between the vineyard and the winemaker. Our wines have strong, bright elegant varietal fruit character aiming for subtle rather than ripe fruit character that ages extremely well.” Philip Shaw.

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