The Prodigal Daughter
2021 VermentinoBest Drinking
2021 – 2024
Following the devastating loss of the 2020 vintage due to bushfire smoke, 2021 provided excellent growing conditions for this sophisticated white wine. Originating in Southern Italy, but with a strong Spanish influence, Vermentino offers vibrant cumquat on the nose and has characteristic wild herb and citrus flours.
This vintage was picked early to ensure a fresh, clean finish and good balance on the palate. It offers crisp acidity with subtle sweetness – a wine to drink on its own or with a variety of food. The Prodigal daughter is named for Mary – the youngest of eight McAvoy children from their farming family in Ireland. Mary has brought her Celtic heritage and talents all the way to Tallagandra Hill.
Back in the Day
2021 ChardonnayBest Drinking
2021 – 2025
An Australian icon that is finding a new upbeat expression.
Our Back in the Day Chardonnay is a wine for social occasions, reflecting on memories and good times. A collaboration with our nearest neighbour in our common terroir, this wine represents the spirit of country living so much a part of Mary’s family gatherings reminiscing about back in the day in Ireland.
Soft in structure, the wine highlights pear and apple flavours, with 40% oak adding depth to the wine. This is a wine for all occasions shared with friends and family across generations.
The Favourite Son (out of stock)
2019 TempranilloBest Drinking
2020 – 2026
Tempranillo is proving to be ideally suited to the climate of Gundaroo in the Canberra region.
With its origins in Spain, this flamboyant variety produces rich, black grapes, leading to a wine of savoury character with rounded rich dark fruit flavours. It requires special attention in the vineyard with a longer ripening period than other varieties, leading to its status as The Favourite Son. Our Tempranillo is feisty yet balanced, just like our two favourite sons, Ben and Sam.
The Gundaroo Cabbie
2018 Cabernet SauvignonBest Drinking
2019 – 2028
Our Cabernet Sauvignon draws its character from the unique terrain and cool climate ripening period at Gundaroo in the Canberra wine district. This is a full-bodied wine with dark fruit characteristics, savoury on the palate.
While born and raised in Europe, it is a typical Aussie battler, with a rich character and lots of stories to tell. This wine celebrates the community of Gundaroo, a small town with a big heart. There are no cabbies in Gundaroo, just good people helping each other out.
The Humble Diplomat Sparkling Viognier
2017 Sparkling ViognierBest Drinking
2018 – 2022
The art of diplomacy requires a gentle but strong hand, a quick mind and a respectful approach. Lee Faulks, was the ultimate diplomat – always welcoming and respectful, generous of heart, with a firm and uncompromising sense of justice.
She thoughtfully nurtured a network of family, friends and acquaintances – whether they be royals or labourers. Our distinctive Sparkling Viognier is made from hand-picked, home-grown grapes from Tallagandra Hill. Its fresh, clean taste on the palate combines with a note of stone fruit, red apple and lychee to produce a wine that is perfect for special occasions with distinguished guests and great friends. Lee always said ‘Diplomacy is best practiced over a glass of bubbles’
Red Belly Black
2018 Sparkling ShirazBest Drinking
2019 – 2025
Out of stock
Our Sparkling Shiraz is an elegant wine with a bite. It is rich on the palate, with the zest of spicy berry fruit flavours and a hint of chocolate.
This signature wine is made from selected parcels of our Great Ron Shiraz grapes, grown at the highest point of Tallagandra Hill. It displays the characteristics of premium cool climate shiraz with just the right amount of fizz to lift any occasion. Serve this wine as an aperitif or when drinking with friends.
The Great Ron Shiraz
2019 ShirazBest Drinking
2019 – 2028
Our shiraz is named after our beloved family patriarch, Ron Faulks, who sadly passed away shortly before his 96th birthday, on the day we finished handpicking the 2017 vintage of this wine. He continues to watch over each year’s harvest.
Like the Great Ron, this wine has a strong, resident character with a memorable finish. With a dark chocolate and toffee nose, it has velvety black plum and cherry flavours and a subtle floral lift. Aged on oak, the wine is both powerful and elegant. Made in limited quantities from selected parcels of fruit, this wine will reward careful cellaring.
The Newtown Farmer
2019 Cabernet, Shiraz, TempranilloBest Drinking
2020 – 2028
This captivating blend was inspired by the diverse culture and creative flair of Newtown where David and Mary spent the first 14 years of their marriage.
This is a wine that jumps out at you with strawberries on the nose and rich, full red fruit flavours on the palate. The Tempranillo adds depth to black plum and cherry tones of Shiraz and the well-developed tannins of Cabernet Sauvignon. This ‘farmers” blend is perfect for today’s bustling society – with a twist of rural calm. It stretches the boundaries of cool climate wines in the same way that we were stretched in our early days as the Newtown Farmers at Tallagandra Hill.
2021 RoséBest Drinking
2021 – 2025
Made from our prized 2021 vintage of Cabernet Franc, this wine is named after family matriarch Eva McAvoy, who is gentle of spirit, young of heart and robust of character.
The Eva Rosé is made for those who enjoy social occasions with friends and family, without taking themselves too seriously. Typical of Cabernet Franc, it offers the taste of red apple, raspberries and roses with subtle sweetness on the palate.
Serve slightly chilled.
The Diplomat (out of stock)
2018 ViognierBest Drinking
2018 – 2021
OUT OF STOCK
The 2018 Viognier displays typical varietal notes of Apricot and Lychee.
The fruit was divided into parcels then fermented in both French oak and stainless steel tanks. The batches were then blended to produce a wine with subtle oak and fresh fruit flavours. It is designed to impress discerning guests who are looking for a white wine with a depth of character and sophistication on the palate. It is inspired by the international community who enrich our society. Serve slightly chilled.
The Sassy Redhead
2021 CABERNET FRANCBest Drinking
2021 – 2026
Made from Cabernet Franc in ‘Sienna’ style, this wine tastes of raspberries and violets with a sense of sweetness on the palate.
The wine, has a floral red fruit character that is fresh and vibrant – designed for people young of heart with a zest for life.
This wine pays tribute to all our canine friends – especially our much loved and sadly missed Mac and his sassy successor Poppy.
Serve slightly chilled.
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