Wallaroo Wines

The Wallaroo Estate, located in the Canberra Wine District only 25 minutes from Parliament House in Canberra, comprises 300 undulating acres in the Hills of Hall area, with views over the Brindabella Mountains. Wallaroo Wines has about 100 acres under vine, yet make only about 800 dozen themselves from their best fruit. The balance of their fabulous cool climate fruit is supplied to several wineries rated 5 red stars by James Halliday, including Clonakilla, Nick O’Leary and Gundog Estate. The vineyard was established in 1996, with plantings of shiraz, cabernet sauvignon and riesling. It sits at an altitude of 560 metres, and includes plantings on a northern slope of decomposed granite. Climate conditions in the vineyard are similar to those in the vineyards of the Adelaide Hills and Clare Valley wine regions. Their winemaker is Dr Roger Harris, who with his wife Fay, established another successful local winery, the Brindabella Hills Winery. While Wallaroo Wines produce both still and sparkling wines, our tasting panel members were particularly impressed with their Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, which present as delicious, intense cool climate wines.

Jancis Robinson says of their Shiraz… " Lively, developed and very transparent nose that suggests quite a cool climate. Sweet start but then a lovely dry finish. Really rather like a delicate Côte Rôtie. Very pretty. Lovely balance."