Philip Shaw No. 17 Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 (12 x 750mL), Orange, NSW

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By adding together the plot numbers (2, 3, 5 and 7) from which the fruit for this wine was originally sourced, you’ll arrive at number 17. You’ll also arrive at a wine that is greater than the sum of its parts.

NSW - Orange
New South Wales

Expert Reviews

Wines to Cellar. Philip Shaw's iugural No 5 blend is predomitely cabernet sauvignon with 10% percent merlot. The young wine basked for 30 months in new French oak- The result is a dense and intense red, which (perhaps surprisingly) remains unmarked by the oak. Instead it's bursting with blackberry, mulberry and dark plum fruit flavours, the only real indication of the oak revealed in the fine silky tannin structure and the persistent finish. It's a wine for the future - serve it with Comte. Peter Bourne Gourmet Traveller WINE Sep-09

Outstanding. "This wine is head and shoulders above everything else in this tasting [Merlot & Blends]. It is decidedly Pomerol-like, and the complex tobacco leaf notes and classy new French oak merge beautifully with the long, persistent cassis and dark cherry fruit. The tannins are very fine. Here we have more evidence for the quality of merlot from the Orange district." Winewise (Australia), February 2009

Top Aussie Red. 91 Points "A very easygoing, medium bodied, merlot-driven red from a top Orange producer. Aromas of gunsmoke, crushed leaves, tobacco and berries. Complex, layered flavours." Good Living - Sydney Morning Herald, Huon Hooke (Australia), 30 Jan 09

Winery Tasting Notes


Bright, med-dark red with purple hues.


Intense yet elegant with lifted bright, sweet cabernet franc fruit. Dark fruit is definitely in charge while the oak plays a supporting role.


Clean, precise and powerful expression of dark berry fruits with a subtle savouriness. Lovely softness from the merlot and cabernet franc fruit on the front palate. There is a harmonious presence of tannin from the Cabernet Sauvignon in the back palate, along with good acid balance to ensures a wonderful length of flavour.

Medals & Trophies

Commended Decanter World Wine Awards 2009 (UK), 2009

NSW - Orange
Grape Style
Cabernet Blends
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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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