Cowra wines coming of age

By Louise Johnson
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Pathway to Mulyan Fine Wines, a boutique, family operated winery, Cowra, NSW

Pathway to Mulyan Fine Wines, a boutique, family operated winery, Cowra, NSW [©Mulyan Wines]

The results of the ‘Clear Image’ Cowra Region Wine Awards 2009 were announced on in May with judges commenting on the great depth of flavour coming from the region vineyards, many of which are now over 20 years old.

Tom Ward, President of Cowra Regional Vineyard Association says judges were very supportive of the quality of wines emerging from Cowra.

The judging panel, comprising Nick Bulleid MW, Tim Kirk (Clonakilla) and Russell Cody (McWilliams) tasted 95 local wines and commented that whilst Cowra had established its name as a producer of Chardonnay, it was pleasing to see that Cowra Shiraz was performing very well (with the Shiraz class as strong in number as the Chardonnay class).

Trophy winners were:

Best White Wine 2005 and older - Swinging Bridge Chardonnay 2004

Medium yellow in colour, with intense primary fruit of apricot and honey dew melon. It shows some nice vanillan/spicy oak characters. It has beautiful palate weight and is extremely luscious and creamy on the front palate. The wine shows beautiful stonefruit and integrated oak characters. It has extremely long length on the back palate and is a pleasure to drink (for those lucky enough to still have some of it left in the cellar)

Best Red Wine 2004 and older - Falls Wines Shiraz 2002

The aromas are of plum, cherry with hints of spice. These follow through to the alluring palate with plum, blackberry, and cherry characteristics. Flirtation on the senses best describes the toasty American oak on a full palate with soft tannins and good length.

Best White Wine - Mulyan Cowra Viognier 2007

This is a varietal wine that has concentration and powerful fruit intensity, with musk, apricot and spicy complexity. The mid palate offers lovely creamy texture with the wine showing good length of flavour.

Best Red Wine - Mulyan Block 9 Cowra Shiraz Viognier 2006

The wine displays dark red fruit, rich plum with hints of liquorice and a slight floral lift from the viognier. The French oak plays a supporting role and there are some lovely approachable tannins to provide structure and length. The wine is well balanced and will delight as a young wine as well as developing with bottle age.

Best Organically Grown Wine - Pig in the House Cowra Shiraz 2006

Ripe plum in colour this Shiraz has aromas of musk and oven baked cherry pie with a touch of meatiness and spice. Flavours of raspberry and plum are enticing on this medium bodied wine, which is balanced by silky, yet firm tannins. In order to showcase the site and varietal characteristics we have not used any oak during winemaking.


  • Cowra (NSW)

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