Gundog Estate Smoking Barrel Red 2014
Gundog Estate was established in 2006 by the Burton family. The brand follows a simple but effective philosophy of producing small quantities of super premium, regionally distinct wine. With fruit sourced from contrasting terroirs in the Hunter Valley and Canberra District, the primary focus of production for Gundog Estate is Semillon and Shiraz. Through a measured winemaking approach that reflects a thoughtful combination of innovation and respect for tradition, Gundog Estate has become one of Australia’s leading new boutique wine producers.
The 2014 Smoking Barrel Red is the first of its kind for Gundog Estate; an eclectic blend of Shiraz from our Hunter and Canberra vineyards, with both regions contributing in fairly even ratios. The blend started life as a playful exercise on the tasting bench during a broader classification of our 2014 reds. The theory was to marry the plum, blackberry and exotically spiced characters of the Murrumbateman Shiraz with the more savoury and earthy aromas of our old vine Hunter Shiraz parcels. On the palate, the partnership would continue with the combination of front and mid palate fleshiness of the cool climate fruit delicately complemented by the fine line of acidity and length of flavour afforded by the Hunter components. It was amazing to see such contrasting regions and parcels of fruit deliver such an effortless blended Shiraz, and what started as a fantasy on the tasting bench quickly evolved into reality!