Variety: Shiraz (99%) Viognier (1%)Region: Hunter Valley, single heritage listed vineyardVine Age: Planted on own roots in 1923
This Vintage can flex its muscles – it has power and polish, depth and grip with terrific focus.
Colour is vivid red / black with a deep scarlet hue.
Heady aromas of jaffa and orange blossom over deeper concentrated blackcurrant, cola, anise and blackberry. Lifted hints of juniper and crushed herb build as the wine breathes.
Black-fruits dominate the palate with lashings of inky dense, muscular black-currant and black-cherry, over a liquorice-like sweetness balancing rich black-chocolate dryness and a black-olivine savouriness. This foundation is firmly bonded and taut, lasting, with all parts contributing an iron-clad assertion. Exotic expression with luxuriant waves of fine oak delivering fume` spices and subtle roast-coffee-like extract.The 2019 Vintage Kester shows the result of 3 year of continual drought: it is inky and firm, latent, intense, and deep with terrific promise and pedigree.Drink: Now to 2040+
Alcohol: 14.3%pH: 3.5
The Family Collection Range
Varieties: Shiraz 92 %, Viognier 8 %
Region: Hunter Valley
Vine Age: Vines planted in 1978
This wine is handmade for my wife Amanda, who loves aromatic and gentle reds.
Bright crimson-red with deep inky density, plus fresh purple and indigo-blue at the rim
Signature aromas reveal layer-upon-layer of floral expression –jasmine and honeysuckle, with deeper damask perfumes of rose-musk and pink rose-petal, black and red fruits twine together in a mix of sweet Kirsch black-cherry and briar-raspberry. Black berry shiraz flavours are super ripe, rich and satiny, deliciously long and lavishly coated with a black-chocolatey smoothness.
Deluxe oak-spices are generous on both the bouquet and palate: cinnamon and fine sandalwood contribute gentle silken tannins with spicy lift. The palate has luxurious texture and elegant softness, a refined power that delivers undeniable quality with sophisticated grace and finesse.
Drink : Now to 2030+
Variety: 91% Cabernet Sauvignon 9% Cabernet FrancRegion: Hilltops and Hunter ValleyVineyard: Freeman and Peter Drayton Vineyard
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
Variety: Shiraz (95%) | Viognier (5%)Region: Hunter ValleyVine Age: 40+ years old
Brilliant scarlet-red in colour with crimson rim.
The 2019 Shiraz Viognier shows wonderful black fruit perfumes of super-ripe black-cherry with background hints of pretty white-flower jasmine. Fine French oak contributes with gentle vanilla and cinnamon spice. The palate is plush and velvety – the shiraz 95% shows as blackcurrant with dark berry richness and cassis adding a dense yet satiny gloss. Viognier 5% is about opulence with luxuriant polished softness with extra elements of flower and spice. Co-fermenting has gifted an extra degree of lift and length to the palate, combining the flavours for a great young drinking style.
Drink: Now to 2030
Food Match: Slow cooked meats, pizza, or risotto.
Variety: 100% ChardonnayRegion: Hunter ValleyVine Age: 20+ years old
Colour is fine straw green with flecks of pastel lemon-yellow.
This Chardonnay shows aromatic hints of golden pineapple and banana over the finer perfumes of nectarine and peach. Wild-ferment esters deliver elegant scents of oyster-shell, flint, and mineral. Subtle French oak adds to the mix with spicy hints of brioche and vanilla. The palate flavours combine juicy nectarine and tangy peach, yellow melon and fig fruits with a yoghurt-like creaminess onto a long soft finish.This wine is already great drinking.
Drink: Now to 2027.Food Match: Shellfish, poultry dishes, and soft cheeses.
P +61 (02) 49 987 500
989 Hermitage Road, Pokolbin NSW AUSTRALIA. 2320. (View Map)
PO Box 20 Cessnock. 2325.
ABN 61 076 486 363. License no. LIQW880010353. Liquor Act 1982. It is an offence to sell or supply or to obtain supply of liquor on behalf of a person under the age of 18 years.
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