The Family Reserve Cowra Shiraz received special treatment in the Vineyard/Winery, with traditional hand plunging, extended skin contact and 12 months maturation in French Oak. This has resulted in a complex wine with excellent balance and structure. The plum, briar fruits, pepper and clove spice aromas are supported by a smooth, rounded palate which will continue to develop in the bottle over the medium term. Total production 300 cases.
REVIEWS FROM PREVIOUS VINTAGE
"92/100 A great drink for the price and better than many at $30.00. Black olive and Shiraz dark fruits with concentration, depth and good smokey bacon oak adds complexity... perfumed dry red with ripe varietal black berry flavour and good length with soft tannins." Rob Geddes MW
"90/100 Inviting aromas, I just wanted to keep whiffing away at it. Forest berry tart, red cherry, dark chocolate, dark plums and vanilla essence. The wine saw six months of oak, a mix of one to four year old French and American. Those aromas gave the perception of a wine with oceans of depth but delivery is a bit lighter than expected and I'm cool with that. It is still quite plentiful nonetheless finishing long and moreish. A good drink and great for the money. Drink now to five years." QWINE, 2016
"An inviting perfume: layered with blackberry and plum conserve, dusty cola and raspberry syrup, emboldened by rich vanilla oak and studded with dried cloves. A blue-metal graphite edge adds a much needed steely spine. Bright, lifted and giving with choc/mocha and blackcurrant fruit. There's a slippery-ness that isn't unattractive while tannins are firm, slightly sandy with acidity cutting fine." VINONOTEBOOK, Oct 2018
"4 STARS. Beetroot-like characters on the nose with some nice peppery spicy notes and a ripe fruit palate with oak not very obvious." Winestate Magazine, Oct 2018
"THE O’Dea family’s decision to plant shiraz at Cowra is now being repaid in bucket loads, this wine collecting big gongs in major competitions in the past year. Winemaker Anthony D’Onise has crafted a wine inviting early enjoyment, with firm, complex peppery flavours matched by judicious maturation in French oak." The Sunday Telegraph, John Fordham, Sept 2018
“Our ambition is to be one of the top shiraz winemakers in NSW,” says Anthony D’Onise, winemaker at Canowindra-based Windowrie. Taking this premium shiraz as an example, he’s not far off that target. The wine certainly reflects vineyard and winery efforts to increase the depth of flavour in the Family Reserve range. It’s a fresh, juicy modern style of medium-bodied shiraz ideally suited to red-meat dishes." John Rozentals, Global Travel, July 2018