Variety: 100% Viognier
Region: Pokolbin, Hunter Valley
Vineyard: Keith Tulloch Field of Mars Vineyard
Soils: Transitionary from rich clay, through to pebbly rocks and onto sandy alluvium
Viognier delivers generous blossoms of fruit and flower, usually described as apricot, orange blossom, and musk, yet this is just the starting point. Exotic perfumes of tangerine, jasmine, and banksia honey, and finer spicy hints of ginger and vanilla complete the full-spectrum of Viognier’s hedonistic expression.
Opulent flavours, lush and powerful, yellow-peach and amber-apricot with terrific sweet-beeswax persistence – a literal flavour honeycomb of luxuriant softness. French oak has integrated seamlessly into the mid-palate, giving more mouthfeel with delicate hints of Assam-tea and fine buttered pastry. Fresh acidity lifts these deliciously long flavours with an elegant tang, persisting with light savoury wisps of fresh ginger-bread and almond-meal.
The FOM Viognier is powerful yet elegant, silky and complete, with nothing out of place.
Limited edition - only 648 Bottles made
Variety: 47% Marsanne | 43% Roussanne | 10% ViognierRegion: Hunter Valley
This wine was previously known as Epogée
The boldness of this wine is obvious even in how it presents in the glass, with a strong lemon-yellow colour with flecks of green.
Aromatically, this wine is really in a class of its own. All three varieties contribute differently to the bouquet: Marsanne (47%) gifts the highlights of fresh citrus and pear, sweet lemon and fig. Roussanne (43%) fills out the fruit accents of ripe apple, honey, and fine herb tea.
Finally, a dash of Viognier (10%) brings bright and floral distinction, with clear notes of honeysuckle and orange blossom plus hints of jasmine.
The characteristics of each variety add a different character to the aroma and this complexity carries on throughout the palate of the wine. The Marsanne and Roussanne combine perfectly for pear, fig and macadamia flavours that are lush, layered and textured whilst viognier confers a nectarine tang with fine cardamom-like spiciness. These three varieties were fermented individually in French oak barrels before blending, which supports these layers of texure with subtle spice and creaminess onto the finish.
Drink:Now to 2025Food Match: Gnocchi, pasta, or seafood
Alcohol: 12.6%pH: 3.32
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
I’m proud that we can create a wine that honours my father’s incredible lifetime of work in the Australian wine industry as a renowned viticulturist and PhD. Throughout my life, Harry has been my teacher.
In exceptional red vintages, I taste through the best barrels of Hunter Valley Shiraz with Harry. His favourite barrels are kept aside, blended and bottled in extremely limited quantities. In a way, this wine is more his taste than mine - a bold, rich expression of Hunter Shiraz more atuned to the old school than the new school, but brimming with quality.
This Shiraz is the most lavish and concentrated wine that we produce. It’s a wine that explodes out of the glass with descriptors for colour, aroma and palate that are inseparable. .
Simmering and bold, ripe and dense fruit flavours; blackberry, blueberry and liquorice. There are notes of cranberry, orange, spice and dark chocolate, supported by the grainy espresso-like tannins in equal parts from low-yielding fruit and fine French oak. The Doctor 2017 really stamps its authority as the mouthful fades – instead of diminishing or finishing there is a persistent hum of bright fruit flavour, leading one taste into the next in seemingly never-ending waves of cascading and evolving Shiraz fruit complexity.
Drink : Now to 2040
James Halliday 96 points, Huon Hooke 96 points
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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