Canberra District is the heart of NSW premium wine production and is responsible for making some of Australia’s greatest expressions of Shiraz and Riesling. It’s the home to stunning vineyards and cellar doors, as well as exceptional winemakers and is fast becoming a star region. Other common varieties include Chardonnay, Sangiovese, Pinot Meunier and Grüner Veltliner.
Alex McKay started Collector Wines in 2005 with just a handful of cool climate shiraz and a determination to make elegant, long-lived wines. Fast forward to today, and we are known for wines that sing with a purity of regional expression and varietal definition. Our grapes come from vineyards dotted around the Canberra District and region, but our cellar door is in the heart of country Collector, just outside Canberra.Consistently recognised at regional and national wine shows, our wines showcase the Canberra region and fine winemaking. Alongside riesling, chardonnay and shiraz, Alex has focused on emerging varieties that he knows have an exciting future in the region, such as pinot meunier, gruner veltliner, fiano and sangiovese.A recent profile by Young Gun of Wine highlights how Alex - a YGOW Finalist in 2010 - painstakingly matches variety to site to express both in the glass: "McKay has taken Collector into the elite ranks in one of Australia's most exciting wine regions."James Halliday calls these "exquisitely detailed wines." Wines that speak deeply of place, these represent the Canberra region in a glass. Huon Hooke simply advises: "Time to add Collector Wines to your collection."
Canberra District, Australia
The Sapling Yard Story. On returning to Australia Carla developed her career and became a Clinical Research Associate, specialising in pharmaceutical clinical trials, of which she is still involved in today. In 1997 Carla began a Wine Science degree at Charles Sturt University and completed her last residential school in 2004 with 9 week old Mia in tow. Whilst completing her degree, Carla worked vintages in both the Hunter Valley, Orange NSW, The Macedon Ranges and the Willamett Valley in Oregon USA.Carla and Andrew Bennett planted a small vineyard at Charleys’ Forest, Braidwood in 2008, The Vineyard has pinot noir (clones MV6, 777 ) riesling (Yalumba and UC Davis clones), Pinot Blanc, Gamay and a small experimental block of tempranillo. At 650 metres above sea level, the property captures breathtaking views of the Budawang Range. Sapling Yard Creek flows across the vineyard, which as the name suggests, is heavily populated with Eucalyptus saplings.It was a tough beginning, having planted in a drought and caught out in the Albarino savignin fiasco, 660 albarino vines were planted only to discover that they were actually the variety savignin. The team have since had to remove these vines and replanted with pinot blanc which is an interesting and underrated variety planted widely in the Alsace Region in France and also in Oregon in the USA. The first vintage was picked in 2012 and in 2014 we produced our first wine from the Braidwood vineyard, sourcing the best fruit from the Canberra district.Grown in these inspiring cool climate surroundings, Sapling Yard produces wines of great flavor and elegance which reflect the natural beauty of the land. Our wines are made with dedication, precision, authenticity and passion, which is clearly displayed in the quality of the wine. We love what we do, and it shows across our range of wines, all with character and of superior quality.
Canberra District, Australia