A wine that emphasizes the freshness of the grape and the minimal intervention winemaking approach. “Nouveau-style” wines are typically released shortly after harvest to showcase the primary fruit characteristics of the grape variety.
Here’s how our surprising Shiraz presents:
Colour: Deep ruby red with purple undertones, reflecting its youthful and intense appearance.
Aromas: The wine's aromatic profile is focused on the primary fruit characteristics of the Shiraz grape. Expect aromas of ripe blackberries, and hints of plum. The absence of sulfur does allow the grape's natural aromatic intensity to shine, possibly with a touch of earthiness or subtle floral notes.
Palate: On the palate, the Shiraz does offer a medium to medium-full body with an immediate burst of fruit flavours. The dark berry notes from the nose might transition smoothly to the palate, accompanied by a lively acidity that contributes to a fresh and lively mouthfeel.
Minimal Intervention: The absence of added sulfur underscores a minimal intervention winemaking philosophy, allowing the grape's natural attributes and the vintage conditions to be the main contributors to the wine's character.
Food Pairing: This style of this Shiraz makes it versatile for pairing with a variety of dishes. Consider enjoying it with grilled meats, charcuterie, pizza, or even slightly spicy dishes.
Overall Impression: The 2021 Preservative Free Shiraz from the Hunter Valley, made without the use of sulfur, does offer a vibrant and joyful wine experience. Its focus on immediate fruit expression, minimal intervention, and the unique attributes of the vintage make it an appealing choice for those seeking a red wine that captures the true essence of the Shiraz grape in a lively and uncomplicated form.
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A unique and intriguing expression of this lesser-known grape variety. Pinot Meunier is one of the three main grape varieties used in Champagne production, and when crafted as a single vineyard wine, it can showcase the distinct characteristics of both the grape and the terroir.
Here's how a single vineyard Pinot Meunier from Tumbarumba in 2022 presents as follows:
Colour: A translucent ruby hue, with hints of purple, reflecting the grape's inherent lighter Colour and potential for elegance.
Aromas: The wine does offer a captivating bouquet of red fruit aromas. Look for vibrant notes of red cherries, wild strawberries, and raspberry. Floral undertones, reminiscent of rose petals or violets, might also be present, adding a layer of fragrance to the aroma profile.
Palate: On the palate, the Pinot Meunier does exhibit a medium body with balanced acidity. The red fruit flavours noted on the nose does carry over to the palate, accompanied by subtle hints of cranberry and pomegranate. The wine's texture is smooth and silky, enhancing its overall elegance.
Earthiness: Tumbarumba's terroir contributes an subtle earthy component to the wine's profile. Look for hints of forest floor, dried leaves, or a subtle minerality that adds complexity to the fruit-driven character.
Structure: Depending on the winemaking techniques, the wine's structure might include fine-grained tannins that contribute to a pleasing mouthfeel and potential for aging.
Finish: The finish is medium in length, with the wine's vibrant fruitiness and earthy undertones lingering on the palate.
Food Pairing: Pinot Meunier's delicate nature and versatility make it a great companion for a variety of dishes. It does pair well with dishes that incorporate poultry, particularly duck, as well as roasted game birds. Its acidity and fruitiness does also complement dishes with earthy components, such as mushroom-based dishes or truffle-infused creations.
Limited Production: Single vineyard wines often showcase the distinct characteristics of a specific site. As a result, production quantities is limited, making the wine a unique and sought-after find.
Overall, a single vineyard Pinot Meunier is a captivating exploration of this grape's potential outside of the Champagne region. Its delicate yet expressive nature, combined with the influence of the Tumbarumba terroir, does create a wine that offers both elegance and depth, making it a compelling choice for enthusiasts of nuanced and intriguing wines to drink now.
Dalwood Estate Rosé 2022
Grown on the fertile grounds of the Dalwood vineyard, these Shiraz grapes have been carefully cultivated in an environment that carries the essence of the Hunter River. The resulting rosé is a reflection of the unique terroir, where the interplay of soil, climate, and river influence imparts a distinct character.
The aroma of this rosé wine is both inviting and evocative. The fragrance carries a bouquet of ripe red berries that waft gently from the glass. The red berry aromas are a direct expression of the Shiraz grapes, a harmonious synthesis of the rich soils and the nurturing riverbank surroundings. This fragrant introduction sets the stage for the sensory experience that follows.
On the palate, the wine unveils its true nature. The smoothness of the texture envelopes the taste buds, offering a luxurious and seamless transition across the palate. The wine's inherent elegance is apparent as the ripe red berry flavours continue to unfold, lending an enjoyable depth to every sip. This elegance is underpinned by a delicate savoury texture, enhancing the overall complexity of the wine and adding a touch of sophistication.
As the tasting journey nears its end, the wine leaves a lasting impression with its crisp and refreshing finish. The wine's character has been carefully crafted to embrace its natural acidity, resulting in a conclusion that revitalises the palate and beckons for another sip. This refreshing finale encapsulates the wine's balance and finesse, leaving a lingering memory of the journey through its flavours.
In summary, the rosé wine produced from Shiraz grapes at the Dalwood vineyard on the banks of the Hunter River is a harmonious blend of terroir and winemaking artistry. With its fragrant elegance, ripe red berry aromas, smooth and savoury texture, and a crisp, invigorating finish, this rosé captures the essence of its surroundings and offers a sensory experience that celebrates the beauty of the Hunter River landscape.
A Semillon wine from the 2019 vintage that has been made with no oak, wild yeast fermentation, and no added sulfur in its production showcases the pure and unadulterated characteristics of the grape variety and the winemaking process. This type of winemaking approach often results in a wine that highlights the grape's natural flavours and expressions.
Here's how our creative take on a Hunter classic presents:
Colour: Dried straw with lemon rind accents.
Aromas: The wine's aromatic profile is focused on the grape's inherent qualities. Expect bright and vibrant citrus notes, such as lemon zest and grapefruit, along with hints of green apple and perhaps a touch of white flowers. The absence of oak influence and the use of wild yeast does add an extra layer of complexity, offering subtle nuances of fresh herbs.
Palate: On the palate, the Semillon does present a light to medium body with a crisp and refreshing character. The citrus flavours from the nose might translate smoothly to the palate, accompanied by a lively acidity that contributes to a zesty mouthfeel. The absence of oak maturation does emphasize the purity of the fruit.
Minimal Intervention: The absence of added sulfur and oak maturation showcases a minimal intervention winemaking approach, allowing the grape and terroir to be the primary influencers of the wine's character.
Food Pairing: The wine's bright acidity and clean fruit profile make it versatile for pairing with a range of dishes. Consider matching it with fresh seafood, light salads, grilled vegetables, and dishes with subtle herbal components, including pork belly.
Natural Expressiveness: This style of Semillon highlights the grape's natural qualities and the specific characteristics of the vintage and terroir.
Overall Impression: The 2019 Semillon made with no oak, wild yeast, and no added sulfur does offer a pure and authentic expression of the grape variety and the winemaking philosophy. Its focus on freshness, acidity, and the grape's inherent aromas make it an intriguing choice for those seeking a wine that embodies the true essence of the Semillon grape and the unique conditions of its origin.
Grown along the banks of the Hunter River this Chardonnay hails from the oldest continually operating vineyard in Australia, Dalwood. First planted by George Wyndham in 1828 this vineyard is a piece of living history that continues in this wine.
Our 2022 SV Hunter Valley Chardonnay is a well-balanced and complex wine that showcases the characteristics of both the region and the winemaking process. Its flavour profile offers a delightful combination of fruitiness and oak-driven nuances.
Given the Hunter Valley's climate and terroir, our Chardonnay has flavours of ripe citrus fruits like lemon and grapefruit, along with peach and apricot. The influence of French oak brings further complexity. Notes of toasted oak, vanilla, and butterscotch. The acidity of the wine can vary, but it often strikes a balance between crispness and richness. For this wine we chose to use French oak barrels for fermentation. This imparts specific flavours and textures to the wine. These include notes of vanilla, butter, spice, and a creamy mouthfeel.
For those looking to pair this Chardonnay with food you’ll be happy to know it is versatile when it comes to food pairing. It can complement a wide range of dishes, including seafood, poultry, creamy pasta dishes, and even some lighter meats. The wine's acidity and oak influence can make it a great match for dishes with buttery or creamy sauces.
Classic Sangiovese Hilltops 2022
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A unique interpretation of this classic Italian grape variety, influenced by the terroir of the Hilltops region and the specific characteristics of that growing season.
Here's how a Sangiovese wine from the Hilltops region in 2022 presents:
Colour: A medium to deep ruby red, with hints of garnet at the rim, indicating its youth and potential for aging.
Aromas: The wine does present a complex and enticing aromatic profile. Expect vibrant red fruit aromas, such as ripe cherries and red currants, along with subtle notes of raspberry and possibly even cranberry. Herbal nuances come forward, including hints of dried oregano or thyme, which are characteristic of Sangiovese.
Palate: On the palate, the Sangiovese does exhibit a medium body with moderate acidity. The red fruit flavours noted on the nose translate to the palate, accompanied by a touch of tartness and a pleasant juiciness. The wine's structure does include fine tannins that provide a smooth yet firm texture.
Earthiness: Sangiovese carries an earthy quality, and the Hilltops terroir does enhance this aspect. You might detect notes of dried leaves, that adds depth to the wine.
Ageability: The 2022 Sangiovese from the Hilltops region does have the potential to age well, allowing its flavours and structure to evolve over the years.
Food Pairing: Sangiovese's versatility with food makes it a great choice for pairing with a variety of dishes. Consider pairing it with Italian cuisine such as pasta with tomato-based sauces, roasted meats, and aged cheeses. Its acidity and moderate tannins make it suitable for both lighter and heartier dishes.
Limited Production: Sangiovese is less common in the Hilltops region, resulting in limited production quantities and adding to the wine's exclusivity.
Overall Impression: The 2022 Sangiovese from the Hilltops region does offer a unique and exciting glimpse into how this traditional Italian grape thrives in Australian terroir. Its balance of fruit, structure, and earthy nuances does make it a captivating wine that showcases the fusion of Old World charm and New World innovation.
Classic Verdelho Hunter Valley 2022
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An early ripening grape perfectly suited to the warm climate of the lower Hunter Valley. The small berries retain their acidity and produce fragrant white wines with intense flavour. the cool 2022 vintage has produced a beautifully aromatic wine with tropical fruit and refreshing natural acidity.
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A captivating fusion of two Spanish grape varieties, influenced by the unique terroir of the Hilltops and the complexities of oak maturation.
Here's how such a blend presents:
Colour: Deep garnet with hints of violet at the rim, suggesting youthfulness and vibrancy.
Aromas: The wine does offer a complex and aromatic bouquet that combines the attributes of both Tempranillo and Graciano. Look for ripe red fruit aromas like cherry and raspberry from the Tempranillo, along with a touch of black fruit complexity from the Graciano. Subtle floral notes and a hint of dried herbs might also emerge. The French oak aging does add layers of vanilla, toasted spices, and a touch of smokiness.
Palate: On the palate, the blend might showcase a medium to medium-full body with a rich yet balanced character. The red and black fruit flavours from the nose does transition seamlessly to the palate, accompanied by a harmonious interplay of sweet and savoury elements. The oak aging does contribute a velvety texture and well-integrated tannins.
Oak Influence: French oak maturation does introduce layers of complexity, seamlessly melding with the grape characteristics. Expect elegant vanilla, subtle toasted notes, and a gentle spice that enhances the wine's profile without overshadowing the fruit.
Structure: The wine's structure is supported by the natural acidity of the grapes and the textural contributions of both Tempranillo and Graciano. The balanced tannins does provide a sturdy yet supple framework.
Finish: The finish is long and lingering, with the wine's ripe fruit flavours and oak-driven nuances continuing to evolve on the palate.
Food Pairing: The blend's versatility makes it well-suited for a range of dishes. Consider pairing it with Spanish-inspired cuisine, such as paella with chorizo and seafood, or grilled meats with smoky spices. It does also complement Mediterranean dishes, roasted vegetables, and aged cheeses.
Ageability: The balance between fruit, oak, and structure does give this blend the potential for aging. It might evolve over the years, gaining additional complexity and depth.
Overall Impression: The 2022 Tempranillo Graciano offers a captivating and intriguing wine that marries the unique characteristics of two distinct grape varieties with the influence of terroir and oak maturation. The result is a wine that embodies the best of both worlds, delivering complexity, depth, and a touch of elegance to those seeking a unique and memorable experience.
Exemplifying the pure and pristine character of this iconic Australian white wine variety. Hunter Valley Semillon is celebrated for its vibrant acidity, citrusy flavors, and potential for graceful aging. Fermented and matured in stainless steel tanks, this wine style places a strong emphasis on preserving the grape's inherent qualities.
Color: Pale straw to light lemon, with a clear and youthful appearance.
Aromas: The wine shows intense and aromatic citrus notes. Expect lively aromas of freshly squeezed lemon, lime zest, and perhaps hints of green apple.
Palate: On the palate, the Semillon showcases its hallmark high acidity and light to medium body. The citrus flavours from the nose translate to the palate, along with a refreshing minerality. The wine's mouthwatering acidity provides a crisp and zesty sensation on the palate.
Texture: Without oak aging, the wine's texture is notably crisp and clean, with a focus on the purity of the fruit and the acidity.
Ageability: Hunter Valley Semillon is renowned for its ability to age gracefully. While delightful in its youth, the absence of oak and the wine's high acidity can contribute to its potential for further development over the years.
Food Pairing: The bright acidity and clean fruit profile of Hunter Valley Semillon make it a versatile pairing partner. It can work well with a variety of seafood dishes, such as oysters, grilled fish, and shrimp. Additionally, its acidity can cut through rich and creamy sauces, making it suitable for dishes like chicken piccata or light pasta dishes.
Refreshing Quality: The tank fermentation and absence of oak contributes to the wine's overall sense of refreshment and focus on the purity of the Semillon grape's expression.
Limited Intervention: The use of stainless-steel tanks and a lack of oak influence allow the wine to be a pure reflection of the grape and the region, with minimal winemaking intervention.
Overall, a Hunter Valley Semillon from the 2023 vintage that has been tank fermented and has not seen oak offers a compelling representation of this classic style. Its vibrant acidity, citrusy character, and potential for graceful aging make it a standout example of the Hunter Valley's winemaking tradition and the enduring appeal of Semillon.
Classic Pinot Noir Tumbarumba 2022
A wine that beautifully captures the elegance and character of both the Pinot Noir grape and the unique terroir of Tumbarumba. The use of French oak for a brief period impart subtle oak influences while allowing the grape's natural characteristics to shine through.
Here's how such a wine presents as follows:
Colour: A light ruby red with shades of garnet at the rim, reflecting the youthful vibrancy of the wine and the potential for aging.
Aromas: The wine does showcase an alluring bouquet of red and dark fruit aromas. Look for notes of ripe red cherries, wild berries, and possibly even hints of blackberry. These fruit aromas is intertwined with delicate floral scents like violets and a touch of spice.
French Oak Influence: The brief maturation in French oak barrels does add complexity and depth to the wine. Expect subtle vanilla, toasty, and smoky aromas from the oak, enhancing the overall aromatic profile without overpowering the delicate fruit notes.
Palate: On the palate, the Pinot Noir does showcase a medium body with a silky and refined texture. The red and dark fruit flavours noted on the nose does translate to the palate, accompanied by a touch of cranberry and a hint of forest floor or earthiness. The wine's acidity would provide freshness, and the fine tannins does contribute to a pleasing structure.
Balance: The use of French oak for a brief period would aim to achieve a delicate balance between the oak's influences and the grape's natural characteristics, preserving the wine's varietal identity.
Finish: The finish is elegant and lingering, with the wine's fruitiness and subtle oak notes leaving a graceful impression on the palate.
Food Pairing: Pinot Noir's versatility makes it an excellent choice for pairing with a variety of dishes. Its lighter body and balanced acidity does complement dishes such as roasted poultry, grilled salmon, mushroom-based dishes, and charcuterie boards.
Ageability: This Pinot Noir does have the potential to age gracefully for a few years, allowing its flavours to evolve and integrate further.
Overall our Classic Pinot Noir from Tumbarumba in 2022 provides a delightful and nuanced experience. Its combination of expressive fruit, subtle oak influences, and the distinct qualities of the Tumbarumba region does create a wine that is both elegant and memorable, suitable for special occasions or for savouring the essence of this vintage and terroir.
Classic Chardonnay Tumbarumba 2022
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Another fine example of the wine that can be made from the cold climate region of Tumbarumba. We have been making Chardonnay from this region for over 30 years.
Our 2022 Classic Chardonnay from Tumbarumba presents as follows:
Appearance: The wine has a pale to medium straw-yellow color with hints of green, showcasing its youth and freshness.
Aroma: Aromas are delicate and refined, featuring notes of green apple, citrus, and pear, with a subtle mineral undertone. The cool climate of Tumbarumba enhances the retention of natural acidity, providing a zesty backdrop to the aromatics.
Taste: On the palate, you'll notice a crisp and vibrant acidity that gives the wine a lively and refreshing quality. The French oak fermentation and aging impart a creamy, buttery texture, along with nuances of vanilla, toasted nuts, and a touch of spice. This combination of flavors creates a well-balanced and complex profile.
Fruit Characteristics: Chardonnay grapes from Tumbarumba exhibit citrus notes like lemon and grapefruit, along with green apple and unripe pear. The cool climate helps retain the grape's natural fruitiness while preserving a bright acidity.
Mineral Undertones: Tumbarumba's terroir contributes mineral qualities to the wine, with subtle hints of wet stones, flint, or chalk, adding to the wine's depth.
Oak Influence: The use of French oak barrels in fermentation and aging imparts a gentle but noticeable oak character. You might detect flavors like vanilla, butterscotch, and toasted oak, which are integrated harmoniously with the fruit and other elements of the wine.
Finish: The finish is long and satisfying, with a crisp acidity and a creamy texture, leaving a lingering impression of citrus, oak, and mineral notes.
Food Pairing: This Chardonnay pairs excellently with a range of dishes, such as grilled seafood, roasted poultry, or creamy pasta dishes. Its bright acidity can cut through richer sauces, and its buttery texture complements a variety of flavors.
In summary, our 2023 Tumbarumba Chardonnay again excels. It combines the region's cool climate characteristics with the elegance of oak aging, resulting in a balanced and sophisticated wine that is rich in both fruit and oak-derived nuances.
This Hunter Valley Rosé is made from fruit picked at our Dalwood vineyard, on the banks of the Hunter River. It is fragrant and elegant, with ripe red berry aromas. The palate is smooth with a long savoury texture and a crisp refreshing finish. It is an Australian dry rosé from 2023 offers a unique and appealing flavor profile. Here's how it presents:
Appearance: A beautiful and enticing appearance. It typically has a delicate, pale pink to light salmon color, indicating its elegance and freshness.
Aroma: The nose is fragrant and vibrant. Enticing aromas of red fruits, such as ripe strawberries, cherries, and possibly a hint of raspberry. You may also detect floral notes like rose petals and a touch of subtle spice.
Taste: This rosé is refreshing and lively on the palate. The predominant flavor notes revolve around red berry fruits, with a focus on strawberries and cherries. There is a subtle spice, adding depth and complexity to the taste. The wine is dry, meaning it has minimal residual sugar, allowing the natural fruit flavors and acidity to shine.
Texture: Our Australian dry rosé style is known for its crisp and refreshing texture. It has great acidity, making it a great choice for warm weather or as an aperitif. The mouthfeel is smooth, with a clean and satisfying finish.
Food Pairing: A dry style rosé pairs wonderfully with a variety of dishes. It can complement light and fresh fare, such as salads, seafood, grilled chicken, or even charcuterie. Its acidity and fruitiness make it a versatile choice for pairing with many different cuisines.
Overall, a Classic rosé made offers a delightful balance of fruitiness, acidity, and elegance, making it a fantastic choice for wine enthusiasts looking for a refreshing and versatile option.