Late Harvest Vermentino 2021Regular price $27.00
a unique and intriguing expression of this Italian grape variety. The sweetness complements the Vermentino's natural freshness, resulting in a wine that balances both sweetness and acidity.
Here’s how our special little Vermentino presents:
Colour: Straw and melon flesh. Rich vibrant energy exudes this wine into the eye.
Aromas: The wine does present a captivating bouquet of aromatic qualities. Expect aromas of ripe tropical fruits such as pineapple, mango, and possibly a touch of apricot. These fruity notes is accompanied by floral hints and subtle citrus undertones.
Palate: On the palate, the Vermentino does showcase a medium body with a focus on a luscious and balanced sweetness. The ripe tropical fruit flavours from the nose transition seamlessly to the palate, accompanied by a vibrant acidity that keeps the wine fresh and lively. The sweetness does provide a smooth and mouth-filling texture.
Sweetness Balance: The sweetness level is balanced by the Vermentino's inherent acidity, creating a harmonious and pleasant contrast.
Food Pairing: The sweeter style of this Vermentino does make it a delightful pairing with a range of foods. Consider serving it alongside spicy dishes, Asian cuisine, or even as an accompaniment to light desserts like fruit tarts or poached pears.
Aromatic Complexity: The Vermentino's naturally aromatic profile is enhanced by the sweeter style, offering a more intense and expressive bouquet.
Youthful Enjoyment: This style of Vermentino is often best enjoyed while it's young to fully appreciate its vibrant fruitiness and sweetness.
Overall Impression: The 2021 sweeter style Vermentino grown metres from our Cellar Door does offer a unique take on the grape variety, showcasing the potential for balancing sweetness and acidity. Its ripe tropical fruit aromas, luscious sweetness, and the influence of the terroir does create a wine that appeals to those seeking a slightly sweet, aromatic, and refreshing white wine experience.
Cardinal Sparkling ShirazRegular price $45.00
Shiraz, known as Syrah in some parts of the world, is celebrated for its rich and robust character, and when transformed into a sparkling wine, it offers a delightful and effervescent twist.
The climate and terroir of the Hunter Valley play a significant role in shaping the characteristics of the Shiraz grapes grown there. The region's warm climate, combined with its unique soil composition, contributes to the development of ripe and concentrated flavours in the grapes.
In terms of tasting notes, our Cardinal exhibits the following characteristics:
Overall, Cardinal is made from Shiraz grapes grown in the Hunter Valley and offers a captivating fusion of the region's terroir-driven characteristics and the exuberance of sparkling wine production techniques. It's a wine that can make any occasion feel festive and memorable.
N.V. Liqueur Muscat 375mlRegular price $50.00
A dark amber colour. Has intense raisined muscat fruit characters with considerable complexity. Displays rich luscious muscat fruit flavours typical of this classic fortified dessert style.
N.V. Liqueur Tawny 375mlRegular price $40.00
Hungerford Hill Liqueur Tawny is made from very ripe red grapes and carefully selected brandy spirit. It has matured in small oak barrels in our cellar to develop the characteristic ‘rancio’ character of aged Tawny, with a complex, luscious palate and intense fruitcake flavour.
Classic Gewurztraminer Hunter Valley 2022Regular price $27.00
Gewurztraminer is one of the most distinctive white wines in the world with its intensely perfumed aroma and crisp flavoursome palate. The warm Hunter Valley climate emboldens a powerful yet balanced style brimming with floral, herbaceous and spicy charm.
Classic Fiano Hilltops 2022Regular price $27.00
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A clean and crisp expression of this Italian white grape variety, influenced by the specific terroir of the Hilltops region and the climatic conditions of that vintage.
Fiano is known for producing aromatic and texturally rich wines, often characterised by a combination of floral, citrus, and herbal notes. When grown in the Hilltops region, which is known for its cool climate and elevated vineyards, Fiano can take on unique characteristics that reflect the local growing conditions.
Here's how our Fiano wine from the Hilltops region of NSW in 2022 presents:
Our Fiano would likely offers a harmonious blend of aromatic complexity, textural richness, and refreshing acidity, capturing both the grape's inherent qualities and the nuances of the Hilltops region.
Heavy Metal Shiraz Cabernet 2020Regular price $55.00
The harmonious marriage of these two iconic grape varieties, with the added influence of the specific terroir of the region and the vineyard.
Here's how this vintage of our Shiraz Cabernet blends presents:
Colour: Deep ruby red with crimson highlights, reflecting the wine's concentration and youthfulness.
Aromas: The wine does offer an enticing and complex aromatic profile. Ripe blackberries and dark cherries might dominate, courtesy of the Shiraz, while Cabernet Sauvignon does contribute hints of cassis and subtle green bell pepper notes. The interplay of the two varieties does create an aromatic tapestry that includes nuances of tobacco, dried herbs, and possibly a touch of mint.
Palate: On the palate, the blend might present a medium-full body with a rich and balanced expression. The dark fruit flavours from the nose does transition smoothly to the palate, supported by well-integrated tannins. The Hunter Valley's signature acidity does provide a lively backbone, enhancing the wine's structure.
Terroir Expression: The red soil of the single vineyard does lend distinctive characteristics to the blend. Expect a touch of earthiness and minerality that adds depth and complexity.
Finish: The finish is lengthy and satisfying, with the wine's dark fruit flavours and oak nuances lingering on the palate.
Food Pairing: The wine's balanced structure and blend of fruitiness and complexity make it versatile for pairing. Consider matching it with hearty dishes like grilled steak, roasted lamb, or rich stews. The blend's tannins and acidity does also complement dishes featuring mushrooms or aged cheeses.
Single Vineyard Focus: The fact that the wine comes from a single vineyard highlights its unique character and the ability to capture the essence of that specific site.
Ageability: Depending on the winemaking decisions and the vintage's characteristics, this blend does have potential for modest aging, allowing its flavours to evolve and integrate over time.
Overall Impression: The 2020 Heavy Metal blend from our Sweetwater Vineyard, offers a captivating and layered wine experience. Its interplay of dark fruit, structure, and the influence of terroir does create a wine that appeals to those seeking a well-rounded red blend that reflects both the grape varieties and the unique qualities of the Hunter Valley's terroir.
SV Semillon Hunter Valley 2017Regular price $55.00
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Grown along the banks of the Hunter River this Semillon 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.
Block 7b Semillon grows in alluvial sandy loam on the southern bank of the Hunter River. 2017 was a cool and ideal vintage across the Hunter Valley. Mellow and soft lemon flavours and subtle melon fruits follow on to a broadening palate. It is coming out of it's adolescence and while it still can age for many years to come it makes for a delightful drop right now.
Our 2017 Single Vineyard Semillon from the Hunter Valley, made in stainless steel tanks with no oak influences, is a tour de force with a bright and zesty focus. Pure citrus and herbal notes, showcasing the region's distinct characteristics and the freshness of the grape variety.
Fermenting the wine in stainless steel tanks is a winemaking choice that preserves the purity of the fruit and allows the wine to showcase the primary characteristics of the Semillon grape without any influence from oak. This results in a wine that is crisp and refreshing.
You can expect bright and fresh aromas of citrus fruits, such as lemon, lime, and sometimes green apple. The dominant flavours could include lemon and lime zest, with a pronounced citrusy acidity that makes the wine exceptionally refreshing. Without oak influences, the wine has a clean and pure fruit character, with a slight herbal note.
For those looking to pair with food this type of Semillon is an excellent match for a wide range of dishes, including seafood, salads, and light poultry dishes. Its high acidity can cut through rich and creamy sauces, making it a versatile choice for pairing with various cuisines.
The Underground Project Pinot Noir 2022Regular price $50.00
From the cool climates of southern New South Wales comes this fresh, new offering from Tumbarumba. Made with carbonic fermentation and whole berry Pinot Noir this is a juicy and fragrant pinot with strawberries liqueur cherry and soft seamless palette.
The Underground Project is a new range of wines where our winemakers can stretch their palates and wine making skills. Showing off not only their skills but the versatility of the high quality fruit they work with. These wines are not made in large quantities so be sure to keep an eye out for them and always give them a go!
Pinot Noir wine from Tumbarumba, made using carbonic fermentation and whole berry techniques, has a distinct and unique profile.
Appearance: Exhibiting bright, translucent ruby-red hue. This style of winemaking results in a lighter and more delicate color compared to traditional Pinot Noirs.
Aroma: Vibrant and aromatic. You can expect a bouquet of red fruit notes such as ripe cherries, strawberries, and raspberries. The carbonic fermentation process tends to preserve the freshness of the fruit and impart intense floral and fruity scents.
Flavor: A showcase of lively and juicy characters. The whole berry and carbonic fermentation methods tend to produce a wine with a soft, approachable palate. Flavours of red berries, especially red cherries, with a touch of cranberry and pomegranate. The wine's freshness may be accompanied by a hint of herbaceous notes and subtle spice.
Texture: Thanks to carbonic maceration, this Pinot Noir has a silky-smooth and slightly lighter mouthfeel. It should be very drinkable and easy on the palate, with supple tannins.
Finish: The finish of this wine is clean and refreshing, leaving a lingering taste of red fruits and perhaps a touch of minerality. The finish will be relatively short to medium in length, in line with the lighter style of Pinot Noir produced using these methods.
Overall our first vintage of the Underground Project's Pinot Noir is a charming and approachable wine. It's characterized by its vivid red fruit aromas and flavors, soft tannins, and an overall freshness that makes it a delightful choice for those who prefer a lighter, more fruit-forward style of Pinot Noir. It's a great wine for casual sipping and pairing with a variety of dishes, especially those that won't overpower its delicate characteristics.
Preservative Free Hunter Valley Shiraz 2021Regular price $40.00
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.
Classic Pinot Meunier Tumbarumba 2022Regular price $50.00
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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.
Classic Shiraz Hunter Valley 2021Regular price $45.00
A harmonious combination of ripe fruit flavours and the subtle influences of oak aging, creating a wine with a pleasing balance between fruitiness and complexity.
Here's how such a wine presents as follows:
Colour: Deep ruby red with vibrant purple hues, presenting youthfulness and intensity.
Aromas: The wine does showcase an inviting bouquet of ripe fruit aromas. Expect a medley of red and dark berries, such as blackberries, raspberries, and dark cherries. These fruity notes is accompanied by a touch of blueberry and possibly hints of plum. The oak aging does contribute subtle vanilla and spice aromatics, enhancing the overall aromatic profile.
Palate: On the palate, the Shiraz does present a medium to medium-full body with a focus on fruit-forward flavours. The ripe berry flavours from the nose does carry over, accented by a touch of dark chocolate or cocoa. The oak influence might manifest as well-integrated hints of vanilla and a gentle, warming spiciness.
Oak Influence: French oak aging does add layers of complexity to the wine without overpowering the fruit. Look for elegant oak nuances that complement and enhance the fruit character rather than dominating it.
Texture: The wine's texture is smooth and velvety, with ripe tannins contributing to a pleasant mouthfeel and structure.
Finish: The finish is medium to long, with the wine's ripe fruit flavours lingering on the palate, accompanied by a subtle touch of oak spice.
Food Pairing: The fruitiness of the wine combined with the gentle oak influence would make it versatile for pairing with a range of dishes. Consider matching it with grilled meats like lamb chops, pork tenderloin, or even a well-seasoned burger. It does also pair nicely with dishes featuring roasted vegetables and savoury spices.
Ageability: While the wine is designed to showcase its vibrant fruitiness in its youth, the well-integrated oak and balanced structure does provide potential for short to medium-term aging, allowing the oak influences to further integrate.
Overall Impression: The 2021 Hunter Valley Shiraz matured in French oak does offer an inviting and approachable style that celebrates the region's ripe fruit characteristics while embracing the subtle complexities imparted by oak aging. Is a wine that appeals to those seeking a fruity and flavourful red with an added layer of depth and sophistication.
Sweetwater Estate Shiraz 2007Regular price $120.00
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The 2007 vintage enjoyed warm summer conditions, perfect for maturing rich ripe Shiraz. The end result is generous blackberry & plum with "Hunter" savoury characters of spice and earth, balanced carefully with 60% American & 40% French oak management.
This wine has luscious primary fruit and a great tannin structure to ensure it will age gracefully and reward the patient few.
Dalwood Estate Rosé 2022Regular price $20.00
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.
Preservative Free Hunter Valley Semillon 2019Regular price $30.00
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.
Classic Pinot Grigio Hilltops 2022Regular price $27.00
A refreshing and expressive white wine that showcases the unique characteristics of both the grape variety and the terroir of the Hilltops region during 2022.
Here's how a Pinot Grigio from the Hilltops region in 2022 presents as follows:
Sweetwater Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2020Regular price $50.00
Nurtured in healthy red soils, is a wine that beautifully encapsulates the essence of its terroir and the characteristics of its vintage. The healthy red soils, known for their fertility and ability to provide excellent drainage, have contributed to the wine's distinctive profile.
A deep and vibrant crimson colour, hinting at the richness and concentration that the healthy red soils can bring to the grapes. The 2020 vintage, marked by its own climatic conditions, is have contributed to the wine's color intensity and overall structure.
On the nose, this Cabernet Sauvignon offer an inviting bouquet of aromas that are emblematic of the grape variety. Expect to find blackcurrant, dark cherry, and possibly plum notes, reflecting the ripe fruit that the healthy red soils have helped nurture. Alongside the fruit, there are subtle spices, and cedar adding layers of complexity to the aromatic profile.
The healthy red soils' influence on the grapes would likely translate into a wine with well-defined tannins, providing a firm but not overpowering backbone. The 2020 vintage's conditions have allowed the grapes to achieve optimal ripeness, resulting in a seamless integration of fruit flavours and acidity.
The fruit-forward nature of the wine shines through on the palate, with the blackcurrant and dark cherry notes taking centre stage. The richness and depth of the healthy red soils lends a certain weight to the wine's body, contributing to a satisfying mouthfeel.
SV Chardonnay Hunter Valley 2022Regular price $40.00
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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.
Single Vineyard Malbec 2022Regular price $50.00
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Appearance: The wine has a deep, intense colour with vibrant ruby to purple hues. This richness in colour is often a hallmark of Malbec wines.
Aroma: On the nose, you find a delightful bouquet of dark fruit aromas such as blackberry, plum, and black cherry. There is also be hints of floral notes, such as violets, as well as subtle spice undertones like black pepper or a touch of vanilla from oak aging.
Taste: When tasting the wine, you experience a medium to full-bodied palate, with a smooth and velvety texture. The prominent flavours revolve around dark fruits accompanied by a mix of blueberry and mulberry. There are some oak-driven flavours, such as cedar or toasty elements.
Tannins: This wine has moderate to firm tannins, which can add structure and complexity to the wine. In a 2022 Hilltops Malbec, the tannins are be well-integrated, providing a balanced mouthfeel.
Acidity: Given the Hilltops region's cooler climate, the wine displays a refreshing acidity that contributes to its overall brightness and age-worthiness.
Finish: The finish is satisfyingly long, with the fruit and spice notes lingering on the palate.
Overall, a 2022 Malbec from the Hilltops region of Australia is a flavourful and expressive wine, reflecting the unique terroir and climate of the area. It should be enjoyed in its youth, but with its structural components and quality, it has the potential to age gracefully over several years.
Classic Sangiovese Hilltops 2022Regular price $45.00
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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 2022Regular price $27.00
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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.
Early Bird Moscato 2023Regular price $27.00
A refreshing wine that combines the aromatic and fruity qualities of Moscato with a touch of effervescence and a charming pink hue.
Here's how such a wine presents as follows:
Appearance: The wine does exhibit a delicate and attractive pink petal colour. Its effervescence adds a lively and celebratory aspect to its appearance.
Aromas: The wine's aromatic profile is captivating, with pronounced floral and fruity aromas. Expect fragrant notes of rose petals, orange blossoms, and possibly jasmine. The Moscato grape's signature aroma of ripe, juicy grapes does also be present, along with hints of fresh berries like strawberries and raspberries.
Palate: On the palate, the sparkling pink Moscato might offer a light and semi-sweet experience. The sweetness is balanced by a lively acidity and the wine's effervescence, creating a harmonious interplay of flavours. Expect flavours of ripe summer fruits like red berries, peaches, and perhaps a touch of citrus zest.
Effervescence: The gentle and persistent bubbles would provide a playful and refreshing texture on the palate, enhancing the wine's overall enjoyment.
Food Pairing: This style of wine is often enjoyed as an aperitif or dessert wine. Consider pairing it with light and fresh dishes, such as fruit salads, bruschetta with tomato and basil, or delicate seafood appetizers. It can also be a delightful complement to desserts like fruit tarts, sorbets, and light pastries.
Youthful Enjoyment: The vibrant and fruity qualities of a sparkling pink Moscato make it ideal for immediate consumption, while its effervescence adds a festive touch to celebrations.
Seasonal Appeal: This type of wine is particularly popular during warm months and festive occasions, when its light and refreshing character is well-suited to outdoor gatherings and joyful events.
Overall Impression: The 2023 sparkling pink Moscato from New South Wales does offer a charming and lively wine experience. Its aromatic bouquet, semi-sweet palate, and playful effervescence make it an inviting choice for those seeking a wine that exudes vibrancy, aromatic richness, and a touch of sweetness.
EPIC Shiraz 2021Regular price $170.00
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The Epic range comprises highly concentrated, single-vineyard wines, and this 2021 Shiraz release is no exception. The 2021 vintage produced Shiraz with excellent colour, purity of fragrance, seamlessly integrated tannins with elegant mineral structure.
Botrytis Semillon 2023Regular price $35.00
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Botrytis Semillon is a sweet white wine produced from the Semillon grape variety that has been affected by the noble rot fungus, Botrytis cinerea. This beneficial mold causes the grapes to dehydrate and concentrates the sugars, resulting in a luscious and intensely flavored wine.
Bright mid gold with green hues, the lifted bouquet displays rich dried apricots with a lime marmalade character. A luscious and rich palate shows beautifully integrated toasty oak with lemon citrus acidity to balance the richness and finish clean.
The Hunter Valley in New South Wales, Australia, is renowned for its production of Botrytis Semillon. The region's warm and humid climate, combined with morning fog and cooler evenings, provides favorable conditions for the development of Botrytis cinerea on the grapes. This contributes to the unique character and quality of the wine.
Classic Tempranillo Graciano Hilltops 2022Regular price $45.00
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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.
Sweetwater Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2010Regular price $120.00
A 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon from Sweetwater Estate is a wine that embodies both the distinct character of its terroir and the impact of the vintage. The terra rossa soils, known for their rich mineral content and drainage properties, have undoubtedly contributed to shaping this Cabernet Sauvignon's unique expression.
In appearance, the wine likely showcases a deep, garnet color that has matured with grace over the years. The 2010 vintage, marked by its own set of climatic conditions, has lent a certain sophistication to the wine's hue, offering a visual hint at the wine's maturity and complexity.
The aroma of this Cabernet Sauvignon is a symphony of both primary and secondary characteristics. The terra rossa soils have played their part in giving rise to intense blackcurrant and possibly dark cherry notes, which are classic hallmarks of Cabernet Sauvignon. Alongside these fruit-driven aromas, you find hints of cedar, tobacco, and possibly dried herbs. These secondary aromas, resulting from aging and interaction with oak, add layers of depth and complexity to the nose.
As the wine graces the palate, its maturity is more pronounced. The tannins, once firm, have softened with age, resulting in a smoother and more integrated structure. The rich fruit flavours observed on the nose carry over to the palate, joined by nuances of earthiness and perhaps even a touch of leather or cigar box, which are indicative of a well-aged Cabernet Sauvignon.
The finish of the wine is lingering and contemplative. The 2010 vintage's maturity has contributed to a finish that gracefully trails off, leaving a reminiscence of the wine's complex flavours.
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Classic Semillon Hunter Valley 2023Regular price $27.00
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.