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2019 Tawarri Shiraz

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2019 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 basalt soils and a cool, dry continental climate; the result is a Shiraz showcasing such wonderful depth of colour, fully saturated core of crimson and dark scarlet, plus vibrant purple and deep blue at the rim.

Florals of violet and jasmine float above deeper aromas of briar and eucalypt, ripe black cherry and raspberry fruits. Cool-climate accents are present too, adding spicy wisps of white pepper and sage – all building extra dimensions of vigour and freshness 

The palate shows the essence of its terroir – ripe black cherry and raspberry delivering beautifully concentrated fruits over velvet-soft tannins. Savoury flavours of red cherry and aniseed provide lift and vigour, combining with the subtle textural notes of oak-spice.

Wines like these have the structure to age for 10 years or more, yet the fine tannins are seductive already, and 5 years in bottle should be enough reward.

Drink: Now to 2030. 160 dozen made. 

Technical Data

Alcohol: 14.5%

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2019 Bainton Shiraz

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2019 Bainton Vineyard Shiraz    

Varieties:   100% Shiraz      

Vineyard:   Bainton Vineyard

Region:      Fordwich, Hunter Valley

Vine age:   Vines planted in 1923, 1942 and 1955

Tasting Note                                       

A heritage listed vineyard site with blocks planted in 1923 -1955, dry grown on deep, dark gravels of composited sandstone. Grown by the Bainton family, this old-vine Shiraz has dense colour and deeply packed rich flavours with great structure and power.

Colour: dense purple to scarlet, with flecks of deep-fushia at the rim.

Aromas: blackberry and anise swirl with spicy lift, jaffa and cola with hints of cranberry, oak spices of vanilla and clove.

Palate: very deep and dark: inky black cherry - cola at the core with super-ripe black fruits from blackberry through dense black currant to liquorice. The solid power is bonded to deep muscular tannins of almost tongue-staining espresso-like savouriness, reinforcing the inky blackness with gentle grip and carry onto the exceptionally long finish.

Drink: Now – 2030.

Extremely Limited Release 61 dozen made.                                    

Technical Data

Alcohol: 14.2%

pH:          3.5

TA:          7.0

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2019 McKelvey Shiraz

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2019 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-scarlet, with bright purple/blue at the rim.

Aroma: An infusion of black and purple fruits delivering a cascade of plum, boysenberry, and blueberry, plus floral fragrances of lilac and fresh sage, subtle spiciness, with potpourri hints of fine rose-petal.

Palate: Classic signatures for this site are a delicious medium-bodied fullness of flavour, quite energetic, simultaneously imparting a gentle fruit-weight with ultra-fine tannins. The same perfumed fruits unveil from plum through blueberry, duplicating onto a fine satiny palate tinged with cranberry and red cherry, all combining to generate fine harmony and extraordinary fruit persistence. Fine French oak influence is from large format barrel, which purposefully reins-back barrel influences to a subtle role.

Similar in structure to the 2018 Vintage, the 2019 McKelvey Shiraz will grow in fine style and amplify over the next 5 to 10 years.

Drink 2022 – 2032. 
163 dozen made.

Technical Data
Alcohol: 14.5%

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2020 Hunter Valley Chardonnay

2020 Hunter Valley Chardonnay

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

Tasting Notes

This barrel-fermented Chardonnay presents in the glass with colours of green straw, hints of jade-green plus pale lemon brightness.

The fruit aromas of this wine showcase ripe nectarine perfumes, supported by finer scents of pineapple, white fig and jasmine. Barrel fermenting combines richness with refinement, contributing fine yoghurt and cream aromas plus subtle hazelnut and cashew-like oak elements.

Stone fruit and citrus are in even balance on the palate, with nectarine and ripe-lemon mixing beautifully with sorbet-like tang. The yoghurt and cashew hints from the oak are present here too; they will continue to build on the palate over time, amplifying the creamy complexity and satiny charm.

Drink: Now to 2025.

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

Technical Data

Alcohol: 12.9%
pH: 3.23

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2017 Forres Blend

2017 Forres Blend

Variety:    91% Cabernet Sauvignon 9% Cabernet Franc
Region:     Hilltops and Hunter Valley
Vineyard:  Freeman and Peter Drayton Vineyard

Tasting Notes     

Colour is dense red-crimson with a bright hue of blue-purple.

On the aroma, Cabernet Sauvignon is sovereign, an aromatic cascade of blackberry with cassis-like intensity and depth, brightened with the characteristic Cabernet Franc flair of raspberry and herb-like aromas of lavender and gun-smoke.  

Cabernet Sauvignon dominates the palate too with glossy back fruit richness of significant depth, contributing delicious tannins that deliver gravelly persistence and structure.

Cabernet Franc adds its distinguished flair from start to finish, lifting the palate as it does the aroma, gifting hints of raspberry and pomegranate and then herb fumé with its authentic bright lightness.

The 2017 Forres Bend is all about a perfect Cabernet partnership delivering true fruit harmony and expression, uniting the aristocratic richness of Cabernet Sauvignon with vibrant Cabernet Franc energy.

Drink: Now to 2029.
Food Match: Venison, gamey meats and lamb

Technical Data

Alcohol: 14.5%

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