McKellar Ridge Wines

New South Wales | Canberra District

Our Review

Dr Brian Johnston established McKellar Ridge in 2005 and after 10 years decided it was time to retire. John and Marina Sekoranja worked with Brian for 12 months before purchasing the winery in July ’17. Brian continued to provide support as winemaking consultant during vintage while John and Marina completed bachelor of wine science degrees at CSU. The change has seen an increase in the number of wines available, including from Tumbarumba. -JAMES HALLIDAY

About

McKellar Ridge Wines

“Serious about wine, serious about quality”


McKellar Ridge is focussed on producing very high quality wines from hand-picked Canberra District cool climate fruit, which is selected for its natural fruit intensity and grape acid balance. The grapes grown at Point of View vineyard are low yielding dryland grapes, grown on an elevated Murrumbateman site comprising decomposed volcanic granite about 650m above sea level. The vines are 10-15 years of age, all hand pruned to control yield, targeted at 2.5 kilograms per vine, and supplementary irrigation is used to maintain ideal soil moisture during the summer. The vines are two wire Vertical Shoot Positioning to provide good light exposure to the ripening fruit. The wine-making is best practice, with a focus on northern Rhone Valley for the Shiraz-Viognier and Bordeaux style winemaking for the Cabernets, with soft extraction of anthocyanins and flavours from the grapes, basket pressing and gentle handling. The objective is to protect the natural berry fruit flavours and enhance the complexity and intensity of the wines during maturation. High quality french oak barrels are used in the winery to enhance the wine structure and flavour and the wines have won numerous awards. Production is limited to allow quality to shine and a cellar door will be operational in January 2008.

Cellar Door

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Details

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Winemaker John Sekoranja, Marina Sekoranja
Established 2005
Dozens 800
Vineyards (area) 5.5 ha
Viticulturist John Sekoranja, Marina Sekoranja
Opening Hours W'ends 10-4
Address 2 Euroka Avenue, Murrumbateman, NSW 2582
Telephone 0407 482 707
Website www.mckellarridgewines.com.au