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
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