Region: Mudgee, NSW
The labels on these beautiful new-range ‘Ridge of Tears’ shiraz wines from Mudgee producer Logan Wines are eye-catching, but thankfully the appeal doesn’t end there. The old clan war cry of winemaker Peter Logan’s ancestors, ‘Druim nan deur’ is Scottish Gaelic for ‘Ridge of Tears’. There’s currently two NSW shiraz wines in the range – one from Mudgee and the other from Orange. “Blood, sweat and tears would also have been an apt name,” said winemaker Peter Logan, who wanted to showcase the textural and style differences between the two regions.
Both wines were elegant expressions of shiraz, each with perfumed and savoury elements. The Mudgee shiraz has ripe red berry fruit flavours with bursting floral notes of violets, lavender and herbs, as well as dark black cherries. A long finish with drive – powerful yet elegant at the same time with a fine tannin structure. Meanwhile the Ridge of Tears Orange Shiraz 2010 (RRP: $45; ABV: 13%) is medium bodied with spicy pepper and clove, mulberry and an earthy complexity with cigar box and dark chocolate aromas. Loads of powerful spice and earthy complexity, with a great texture.
The labels display hand-drawn images of an elderly gentleman’s face, paying homage to Peter’s ancestors and to symbolise the ageing of the winemaker during the creation of these wines. The story of the Logan ancestors wraps around the bottle. I can’t bring myself to dispose of the empty bottles – using them as vases for single-stemmed flowers! – Katrina