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2018 Tawarri Shiraz

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2018 Tawarri Vineyard Shiraz

Variety:  100% Shiraz
Region:  Upper Hunter Valley

Tasting Notes

Sited at the top reaches of the Hunter Valley, high on the slopes of the Great Dividing Range at an altitude of 460m. This isolated site benefits from rich black soils and a cool, dry continental climate; the result is a Shiraz showcasing such wonderful depth of colour, deeply saturated with dark crimson and scarlet tinged with vibrant indigo at the rim.

The aroma equally boasts not only fresh and floral aromas of black fruit but more cool-climate notes of violets and peppercorn from the altitude and soils of this vineyard. Bright energetic flavours of black cherry, damson plum and spice - more black pepper than briar - with delicious depth are tightly coiled around a line of fine natural acidity, surrounded by the supporting flavour and textures of maturation in French oak barrique. 

 This is a concentrated yet elegant wine from a great Vintage that surpasses any Tawarri release we’ve made before. For sheer intensity and finesse, it’s a marvel, that that cries out for cellaring for 5 to 10 years at least.


Drink: Now to 2030. 165 dozen made. 

Technical Data

Alcohol: 14.5%

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Variety:  Shiraz (95%) | Viognier (5%)
Region:  Hunter Valley
Vine Age:  40+ years old

Tasting Notes

Brilliant scarlet-red in colour and brim-full with ripeness, this S/V shows the luxuriant completeness of co-fermenting, combining the Shiraz aromatic richness of soft black-cherry (95%) with floral jasmine-like perfumes of Viognier (5%). This profusion of fruit combines on the palate with plush unity: dense yet satiny smooth, blackberry and cola-like with milk-chocolate softness, given extra sheen and depth from fine French oak, completing this opulent balance with a foundation of fine-spice vanilla and cinnamon.

The 2018 vintage gave us stellar harvesting conditions and fruit condition, this Shiraz-Viognier has appeal for immediate drinking or medium term cellaring.

Drink: Now to 2025 

Food Match: Slow cooked meats, pizza, or risotto.

Technical Data

Alcohol: 14%

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2018 Hunter Valley Semillon

2018 Hunter Valley Semillon

Variety:  100% Semillon
Region:  Hunter Valley
Vine Age:  Planted in 1968

Vineyard : Keith Tulloch Estate

Tasting Notes

A classic Semillon pure and fine, with bright green straw colour highlights. Aromas are zesty and intense, brimming with lemonade, lemongrass, ripe lime and soft orange grapefruit. Delicate floral hints of green-clover flower build nuanced complexity. The flavours are precise and detailed, showing primary juicy lemon brightness with satiny length, finishing with a slight pithy tang and crunchy, energetically fresh persistence.

There is a great cellaring future ahead. Beautiful harmony will begin to develop within 1-2 years, while 5 to 10 years will elevate this regal youngster into a classic Hunter Semillon.

Drink: Now to 2028.
Food Match: Fresh oysters, and prawns.

Technical Data

Alcohol: 11%
pH: 2.93

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2018 Bainton Shiraz

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2018 Bainton Vineyard Shiraz    

Varieties:   100% Shiraz      

Vineyard:   Bainton Vineyard

Region:      Fordwich, Hunter Valley

Vine age:   Vines planted in 1923, 1942 and 1955

Tasting Note                                       

This single outstanding dry grown vineyard has an East-West row orientation on colluvial soil; deep, dark gravel fringing on rocky sandstone hills. Blocks were planted at the base of the Brokenback Range with an East-west row orientation. The Bainton family have grown the fruit for our wines from this heritage listed vineyard for almost twenty years. Shiraz from this site shows considerable colour and structure.

Deep aromas and flavours of blackberry, liquorice, and black pepper with a generous understory of velvety oak. Dense and bold, these present as layers of vanilla and cinnamon, pepper and fresh clove. Grape tannins attest to wonderful fruit ripeness, delivering their solid foundation of concentrated inky blackness. 

This wine is a keeper, a gentle giant needing 5 years to truly integrate and develop, but will bide it’s time effortlessly until you’re ready. It’s a Hunter Valley heavy-weight with enormous potential, definitely one for the cellar.

Drink: Now – 2030.

Extremely Limited Release 79 dozen made.                                    

Technical Data

Alcohol: 14.3%

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2018 McKelvey Shiraz

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2018 McKelvey Vineyard Shiraz

Variety:     100% Shiraz

Region:     Pokolbin, Hunter Valley

Vineyard:  McKelvey Vineyard 

Vine Age:  Vines planted in 1998

Tasting Note

A single vineyard Hunter Valley Shiraz identified by the combination of vine site and clone. Soils are rich red-brown clay loam overlying a base of powdery limestone, on a gentle hillside with a north to north-west aspect on Deasys Road, Pokolbin.

Colour : Very deeply saturated crimson-dark scarlet, with a vibrant purple/blue at the rim.

Aroma:  Great Shiraz sites in the Hunter reveal shape-shifting and vivid aromas – indirect rather than exact in nature. This wine brims with purple fruits and flowers – blackberry, blueberry, then boysenberry and spiced plum, fragrances of liquorice, lilac, and rosemary – all coming together separately and at once.

Palate: Equally laden with dark black fruit intensity, a fine gaminess with hints of sweet, floral savoriness. A wonderful structure which balances the blackberry and plummy dark fruits with a bright spicy lift of rosemary, all-spice herb, cured meat, plus fine clove. Large format oak has held the oak influence to a minimum. Here the brightness of fruit and its floral freshness really deserves to hold all of your attention. 

The 2018 McKelvey delivers savoury excellence. It is incredibly young in its voyage of development yet so remarkable in its delivery. Over time it will build momentum and dial-up in every element.

Drink Now – 2030. 
162 dozen made.
Food Match: Filet mignon, aged cheddar
94 points Huon Hooke

Technical Data
Alcohol: 13.3%

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