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2017 'The Kester' Shiraz Magnum

2017 'The Kester' Shiraz Magnum

Variety: Shiraz (99%) | Viognier (1%)

Region: Hunter Valley, single heritage listed vineyard

Vine Age: Planted on own roots in 1923

Tasting Notes

A beautiful example of our flagship wine, showing all of the concentration, power and structure expected from such ancient vines.

Colour is brilliant red/black with fine purple freshness at the rim. the aromas show a wealth of fruit - jammy blackberry and inky cherry, plum and hints of fresh red raspberry, underscored by the classic Kester savoury notes of garrigue/ crushed herb and black olive.

Flavours are bright and direct, showing muscular structure with taut focus. Pristine fruits are packed in with sustained intensity spanning the flavour spectrum, from red cherry through to blackberry to black olive, moderated by supple mocha, spice and oak tannin. As it sits in the glass, the 'terroir' savouriness becomes even richer, adding deeper velvety notes of liquorice, herb, coffee, smoke and game.

Cellaring for at least 3 years is essential to allow the Kester to bloom, with at least a decade of development capacity to follow. Keep it even longer if you can for the best rewards.

Technical Data

Alcohol: 14.6%
pH: 3.35

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2017 The Wife Shiraz 

Varieties:   Shiraz 90 %,  Viognier 10 %

Region:      Fordwich and Pokolbin, Hunter Valley

Vine Age:   Vines planted in 1955 and 2010      

This wine is handmade for my wife Amanda, who loves aromatic and gentle reds.          

Tasting Notes  

Showing brilliant bright scarlet red-depth colour with a vibrant purple rim.

Opulent aromas with layer-upon-layer of floral expression – the fragrances of white-flower / jasmine flow to fuller aromas of honeysuckle, before the bolder perfumes of rose-petal open out, held in check – at this stage – by a wild-raspberry red-fruit energy. Glacé cherry aromas are here too, and oak-spices offer generous hints of vanilla and cinnamon.

Flavours are rich with velvety black fruits, showing luxurious texture and elegant softness from the high co-ferment proportion of Viognier. The black-fruit Shiraz core is deliciously long, lavishly coated with a gentle chocolatey smoothness, delivering subtle power with understated yet undeniable quality. Gentle silken tannins give the perfect degree of spicy lift and style to the finish.

Irresistible – obviously!

Drink : 2019 to 2030 

James Halliday - 97 points


Technical Data

Alcohol  13.7% 

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2019 Hunter Valley Chardonnay

2019 Hunter Valley Chardonnay

Variety:     100% Chardonnay
Region:     Hunter Valley
Vine Age:  20+ years old

Tasting Notes

This wine shows bright colour and exceptional green hue. Aromatically, the fruit is vibrant with lovely complexity, revealing fine layers of nectarine and pineapple, with fine perfumes of white fig and yellow melon, plus alluring hints of cashew, seasalt and deluxe French oak, adding a delicate fumé and vanilla spiciness.

The palate reveals the wonderful elemental nature of wild-yeast barrel fermentation; the flavours are ample yet powder-soft, with white-melon and white-fig textures mixing with the tang of pineapple and nectarine, lasting with a yoghurt-like brightness and focus onto a long finish.

Drink: Now to 2030.

Food Match: Shellfish, poultry dishes, and soft cheeses.

Technical Data

Alcohol: 13.0%
pH: 3.25

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