Windowrie … beautiful fruit first and foremost in Canowindra’s award-winning shiraz

Windowrie 2015 The Mill Shiraz, from Canowindra, has been awarded NSW’s highest winemaking accolade — the 2016 NSW Wine of the Year, announced at the recent NSW Wine Awards.

The wine initially secured the Trophy for the Best Young Shiraz in NSW, then Best Red Wine in NSW before going on to win the top award of the evening.

The 2016 Chair of Judges and winemaker, PJ Charteris, described the 2015 Windowrie The Mill Shiraz as: “A wine that expresses its beautiful fruit first and foremost. It is great to see fruit and distinctive varietal fruit character as the defining features of a wine.”

Windowrie’s Jason O’Dea said that their winemaker Anthony D’Onise had been “banging on about fruit weight and balance” for years.

“Interestingly, 20 years ago we were trying to make wines to imitate other regions — big alcoholic, tannic wines with heaps of oak. We are now doing what occurs naturally on our vineyards and it is paying dividends,” said Jason.

“These are wines made for ‘drinkability’ and food friendliness. Our goal is to make wines that you can enjoy at any time and enjoy a second glass. Dark berry fruit is evident in the shiraz from the region and consumers love the fruit purity,” said Anthony D’Onise.

“This is evident in various wines we make.”

To display the fruit purity the Windowrie group has released a four-pack of shiraz that show they are leading the way with this style and offer an excellent look at what the vineyard site produces.

All the grapes for these wines are from the family’s Canowindra vineyards and all are fine expressions of the direction Windowrie is heading.

The Windowrie 2015 Family Reserve Shiraz has spent six months in barrel (a combination of one-to-four-year-old French and American oak) while the other wines have less oak influence. Both the Pig in the House Shiraz and David O’Dea’s No Added Preservative & Organic Shiraz are certified organic.

Windowrie is distributed within NSW and is available online at

Based on media release issue by Windowrie Wines.

Anthony O'Denise ... "Our goal is to make wines that you can enjoy at any time and enjoy a second glass."


Windowrie 2015 The Mill Shiraz $20

Windowrie 2015 Family Reserve Shiraz $25

Pig In The House 2016 Shiraz $30

David O’Dea No Added Preservative & Organic 2016 Shiraz $25