Shiraz 2016

An elegant fragrance of red-fruits, dusted spice and lifted white pepper. The palate brims with dark berry fruits and delivers a silky textured mouth feel which finishes with long fine tannins. This wine has been made in minimum quantities.  So get in quick!

Shiraz 2013

Shiraz 2012

Shiraz 2011

An elegant fragrance of red-fruits, dusted spice and lifted white pepper. The palate brims with dark berry fruits and delivers a silky textured mouth feel which finishes with long fine tannins.

Gold Medal: 2012 Canberra Regional Wine Show

Gold Medal: 2012 Royal Melbourne Wine Show

Gold Medal: 2012 National Wine Show of Australia

Gold Medal: 2013 NSW Wine Awards


Positive crimson colour; there is no question this wine should be enjoyed before the Bolaro is approached; here there are juicy plum and cherry flavours nestling comfortably on a bed of fine tannins.   94 Points, James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2014

Shiraz 2010

Gold Medal & NSW Top 40 Wines:  2011 NSW Wine Awards

Nick O'Leary is one of a tight pack of young Canberra District winemakers that have pushed the region into the national spotlight.  O'Leary's rieslings are terrific and he's buddied up with Alex McKay to create the value-for-money Bourke Street Wines brand, but you can't get better value than his 2010 Shiraz.  It's highly fragrant - violets, white pepper, raspberry and clove.  Medium weight and fine, the palate brims with genuine cool-climate shiraz flavours, savoury spices, fine tannins and refreshing acidity.  A gracious beauty.  Peter Bourne, Gourmet Traveller WINE, December 2010

Deep, dark berry fruit and lifted floral notes with a negligible viognier presence – just a whiff of added sweetness. It’s a lovely aromatic entry; inviting and heady. The palate delivers bright wild berry fruit vibrancy from a quick maceration, there is satiny texture and a very long, jubey finish.  Between go and whoa is a prickle of stem influence, stoney minerality and a little exotic funk. Medium weight, layered structure, will evolve wonderfully. Cool wine.  93+ Points,  Drink: 2011-2018+' Mike Bennie, Winefront August 2011

Shiraz 2009

Trophy,  Best Shiraz & Top Gold:  2010 Winewise Small Vigneron Awards

Trophy, Best Young Shiraz & Gold & NSW Top 40 Wines:  2010 NSW Wine Awards

Gold: Five Nations Wine Challenge 2011 

‘96/100 - It is bright crimson-purple, the bouquet exuding black fruits, liqcorice and spice, the medium- to full-bodied palate embracing these characters in a firm grip and guaranteeing a very long life.  Drink to 2039.'

James Halliday, The Weekend Australian Magazine, 7-8 August 2010

‘96/100 - This shiraz is rapidly emerging as one of the best in the Canberra region.  Intense spicy, peppery, cool grown aromas and flavours of great elegance and charm.  The tannins are soft and gentle and the total impression is one of harmony. '

Huon Hooke, Gourmet Traveller Wine, December 2010

 94+/100 - Glossy dark fruit, a touch of showy vanilla oak (of fine quality and sure to settle in) and pepper. It’s medium bodied with a lovely firm and chewy, but fully ripe, set of tannins and fine balance throughout. Given plenty of air its class came shining through (as did a little liquorice richness), fleshing out the palate...  Lovely wine and all things considered a keenly priced one too.  Drink 2022+'

Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, 16 September 2010

93/100 - A swish, complex and meaty cool-climate shiraz that has a very assertaive lyer of toasty oak sitting atop red fruits and some dark spices.  The palate hasdeceptive ripeness, fine tannins thicken through the middle, then acidity kicks in and carries plums and red fruits neatly through the finish.  Some late mocha to close.

Nick Stock, The Sydney Morning Hearld Good Wine Guide 2011

'Outstanding - The Canberra Distict is quickly establishing itself as one of Austalia's (and therefore one of the world's best) shiraz regions.  The 2009 vintage was near-perfect and we are just starting to see some of the finished wines from that year.  This is a fine example - perfumed, plush and silky, with cherry/dark berry fruit and superbly fine tannins.  World Class.  Excellent Value.'

Winewise, August 2010 Volume 26 Number 3

Shiraz 2008 

Gold Medal: 2009 Winewise Small Vigneron Awards

Gold Medal: 2009 Cowra Wine Show

Gold Medal: 2009 NSW Small Winemakers Show

Gold Medal: 2009 NSW Wine Awards - Top 40 Wines in NSW

Gold Medal: 2010 Winewise Small Vigneron Awards

'96/100- Equal Top Wine - Had universal support. Ryan raved: "Lovely, pure, sweet fruit with subtle dusting of spice. Texturally so satisfying, like sucking on velvet." The supple, fleshy balance is a strong feature of this wine, and I found the combination of red berries and pepper equally alluring. The tannins are fine and dry, and there's excellent length.'

Nick Bulleid MW, Gourmet Traveller Wine, October 2009

'94/100 - Wine Of The Week - Nick O'Leary, 28 is nephew of well-known Clare winemaker David O'Leary but is very-much rowing his own boat in the Canberra region.  He makes excellent riesling and shiraz under his own brand, vinified at his in-laws' winery, Affleck.  This is a deliciously fragrant shiraz in an elegant, spicy, medium-bodied, cool-climate style.  A subtle, beautifully balanced wine with a glossy texture. '

Huon Hooke, The Sydney Morning Herald, October 20 2009

'94/100 - Nick O'Leary had worked in wine retailing, wholesaling, viticulture and winemaking for a decade before, in his late 20s, setting up his very successful eponymous business.  A gloriously fragrant, complex and stylish red, with luscious black cherry, plum and blackberry fruit; has well handeled tannins and oak, and manages to combine full flavour while retaining elegance.'

James Halliday, The Weekend Australian Magazine, January 16-17 2010

'93+/100 - It has a most attractive hazelnut character that Frangelico fanciers will immediately find greatly appealing. There’s juicy red and black berries too with a shake of pepper and a pleasant meatiness. It’s welterweight and spicy with clean balanced acidity and supple texture – light on its feet, yet serious in its delivery of flavour punch. Meaty and spicy to close.''

Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, October 10 2009