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New Owners of Capital Wines January 2020

Bill Mason has extensive experience in the wine industry and owns Regional Wine and Beverage Merchants, a Canberra based distribution business that services the National Capital and Southern NSW.  Bill and Maria and their family also owns Kosciuszko Wines from Tumbarumba.  Colin and Kay Andrews own Jeir Station a historic property half way between Hall and Murrumbateman with an excellent vineyard located in the heart of the Canberra Wine District.  Colin and Kay also own the Jirra wine range.  

The new owners thanked previous owners, Andrew and Marion McEwin for their support during the transition period and wished them well with their future plans. 

In future the Jeir Station vineyard will provide the grapes for the Capital Wine range, however in line with the region there will be no 2020 vintage from the vineyard and no new wines coming into the Capital Wine range until the 2021 vintage. The Jeir Station vineyard is located at 2443 Barton Highway a little over six kms from the Kyeema Vineyard at 2918 Barton Highway which the McEwins sold last year. 

Bill Mason who is also  General Manager of Capital Wines said with the loss of the 2020 vintage due to the smoke taint from the bushfires the stocks of the Capital Wine range could only be increased by this time next year.  Capital has good stocks of red wines and sparklings available but the whites are running out fast. With this in mind we have decided to place the Jirra and Kosciuszko wines range in the Cellar Door and they are now available for tasting  and purchase. As the Swinger Sauvignon Blanc and The Abstainer Rose have already sold out, we have also decided to support our friends from other fire damaged wine regions and we do have these varietals also available in the Cellar Door from last week. This will give our Club Members and visitors to the Cellar Door the experience of tasting a wide selection of new wines as well as many of the long time favourites from the Capital wine range. 

Bill said he particularly looked forward to working closely with the members of the Capital Wine Club. We will be announcing a new range of benefits for our Wine Club Members soon. 

New Logo and Branding for Capital Wines March 2020

Capital Wines has embarked on a branding refresh of the wine range for future vintages, together with a new logo, signage, e-Newsletter and an upgraded website.

Noting the tragedy of the bushfires, the hail and now the corona virus, there is both a sense of sadness and irony that we have been working on all of this with such challenging times surrounding all of us. However we have pushed on and we do want to let you know what you will see in the future.

Not many people realize that Qantas has used three different logos in the past twenty years, so we decided that with the new team at Capital we would refresh the logo and branding.

The Capital Wine range has always made wry comment on our political masters given our location close to the political hub of the nation. We want to build on this and the new labels are based on the same caricatures of the past but are now bigger and bolder. The future messages that we will be building into the Capital Wines Story include:

We want Capital Wines to be engaging and relatable.

We hope that Capital Wines will increasingly become Canberra’s Capital of wine connection.

The starting point and gateway to the Canberra Wine District Starts Here at the Capital Wines Cellar Door in the beautiful heritage atmosphere of the Hall Village. Only 15 Minutes from Parliament House we will be working to make our Cellar Door the first stop for Canberrans and domestic and international tourists alike.

All of this is backed up with a now completed strategic plan and training content.

‘The Art That Opened Enrico’s Eyes’ 20 August 2020

Article from City News about Kyeema Galley’s Exhibition from Enrico Saccardo Click Here to view. Original article can be found here




2012 The Speaker Chardonnay Pinot

Our acclaimed 2012 The Speaker Chardonnay Pinot was described as“simply the best bubbly of the year so far”
in a recent review from Huon Hooke from The Real Review.

“From Canberra District grapes and benefiting from considerable bottle-age (under a plastic Zork, no less), it tastes
like a beautifully aged blanc de blancs, not really surprising as it’s 84% chardonnay.

You want a mature wine of character, for very little outlay? This is your wine.”

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Capital Wines The Speaker Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir 2012

Rating 95/100, Gold Ribbon, Top Rank, Huon Hooke The Real Review March 2020, Light to mid-yellow colour, bright, with lots of fine bubbles leaving a creamy head. The bouquet is wonderfully toasty, aged and mellow and obviously a lot older than it looks. The palate also is rich and rounded, very complex thanks to time on lees, but also refined and refreshing. Tastes like an aged blanc de blancs - or chardonnay-driven blend - of great character and style. (84% chardonnay; 16% pinot noir)

Capital wines The Whip Riesling 2018

3 Stars, Bronze Medal, Winestate Magazine, May/June 2020

Rating 91/100, Silver Medal, Ned Goodwin The James Halliday Wine Companion August 2019,Lime splice, kerosene, talc and bath salts are whisked along to a slightly phenolic finish by telltale acidity, crisp and bright.

Capital Wines The Senator Chardonnay 2018

Rating 91/100, Silver Medal, Ned Goodwin The James Halliday Wine Companion August 2019, A modern day chardonnay that melds a leesy core of oatmeal and cashew with bright melon, quince and stone fruit flavours. An easy luncheon throwback.

Capital Wines The Ambassador Tempranillo 2016

Rating 91/100, Silver Ribbon, Top Rank, Nick Butler The Real Review March 2020, Indigo colour in the glass. It's a complex bouquet showing secondary, spicy fruit notes melding with charcuterie and mixed Asian spices. Plum sauce and sour cherries, time in the glass liberates more bright fruit. Lovely mature characters worth celebrating.

Capital Wines The Foreign Minister Sangiovese 2016

3 Stars, Bronze Medal, Winestate Magazine, May/June 2020

Rating 87/100, Bronze Medal, Campbell Mattison The James Halliday Wine Companion August 2019 Mid-weight at most and reductive in nature, but cherry – berried fruit and nut-like characters give it an easy going (in a savoury context) appeal. Finish isn’t quite so convincing.

Capital Wines The Backbencher Merlot 2017

3 Stars, Bronze Medal, Winestate Magazine, May/June 2020

Rating 91/100, Silver, Ned Goodwin The James Halliday Wine Companion August 2019,A dry medium bodied wine of poise, well applied oak and finely wrought tannins, just firm enough to guide the plummy flavours to a satisfying dry finish, doused with herb and spice. While merlot, this is akin to a luncheon claret. Nourishing drinking already.

Capital Wines The Front Bencher Shiraz

5 Stars, Gold Medal, Winestate Magazine, May/June 2020 Equal Top in Category/Eligible for Wine of the Year

Rating 87/100, Bronze Medal, Ralph Kyte-Powell The Real Review March 2020, Evolving colour with some brick-red notes. Floral and plummy aromas have a lifted, fumey, alcoholic note to them. In the mouth, it has straightforward ripe flavours, fine tannins and fresh acidity, with that alcohol pervading the finish with warmth.

Silver Medal, 2019 Canberra and Region Wine Show

Rating 91/100, Silver, Ned Goodwin The James Halliday Wine Companion August 2019,This has been allowed to soar into the stratosphere, with some heady alcohol plied by a faint peppery trail of acidity, a whiff of clove and deli meats. Boysenberry and other blue fruit references, too.