Philip Shaw's long and extraordinary career has seen him running some of the country's largest wineries, pioneering Orange as a serious wine region and finally founding Hoosegg, a tiny high-quality, hands-on venture.There are of course many gaps to fill in.
Philip started working at Penfolds and Wynns Magill at the age of 14 and post-school attended Roseworthy College, graduating as a winemaker in 1969. At the age of 23 he was employed by Lindemans, at the time Australia's largest wine company, to build their massive 200,000 tonne capacity Karadoc winery, the biggest in the country. In 1982 Philip was appointed winemaker for Rosemount and oversaw an increase in production from 20,000 to 6 million cases. When Rosemount was taken over by Southcorp in 2000, Philip became head of production for Southcorp (think Penfolds, Lindemans, Wynns, Rosemount, Seppelts, Coldstream Hills... and more). At this time, Southcorp was producing 23 million cases of wine from 17 wineries across the globe, making it the largest premium wine company in the world. Mind boggling.
During this time, accolades included:
- Twice wining the coveted International Winemaker of the Year at the London International Wine & Spirit Competition (1986 & 2000).
- Awarded 1999 Qantas Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine’s Australian Winemaker of the Year.
- Awarded the 2000 Graham Gregory Trophy for his outstanding contribution to the Australian wine industry.
In 1988/89 whilst still at Rosemount and after considerable searching for what he considered to the best site to make premium wine, Philip planted the Koomooloo vineyard at Orange at an altitude of around 900m. In the initial years Rosemount took fruit from the vineyard, but by 2004 having left Southcorp and moved to Orange, Philip released the first vintage of his own Philip Shaw Wines. In 2015, after sigificant success and growth, Philip handed the reins of Philip Shaw Wines over to his two sons, Damian and Daniel, and started Hoosegg, with HOO being Philip and EGG symbolising a new beginning.
Hoosegg is the distillation of Philip's 60 year career in wine. It's hard to fathom all that experience and knowledge! From overseeing some of the largest winemaking facilities in the world, Philip now literally hand-tends fruit from the best sites in the now 30 year-old Koomooloo vineyard, to make a range of extraordinary wines from his tiny, but state-of-the-art winery.
Hoosegg Magic Monkey Shiraz 2018
Terrific cool climate shiraz. Lean yet generous. 18 months in 67% new oak. 13.5% alcohol, sealed with cork. 2,500 bottles produced.
"It has an excellent bright deep red colour, a strong rich spicy peppery aroma. Lovely soft full intense fruit flavours, a long persistent firm pronounced varietal cool area shiraz. Integrated oak, but with fruit dominating."
Winemaker Philip Shaw.
“Deep and youthful red-purple colour, young for its age. The bouquet is likewise youthful and shows pepper/spice and earthy/ironstone aromas with a curious iodine overtone. A whisper of toasty oak. The wine is full-bodied but not a blockbuster: rounded and supple, with a taut, tensioned focus. There is refinement of structure—it's not your bulky, full-throttle style of shiraz. Good length and backbone: a wine worthwhile cellaring although it's already drinking well.”
93 points. Huon Hooke.