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2015 AGED RELEASE SEMILLON

$50.00

2015 Aged Release Semillon

Growing Season

The 2015 vintage was a classic white vintage in the Hunter. The fruit from this vintage was selected for its finesse and balance that have allowed me to make a semillon with lots of acid and a fine structure, with age ability unlike any other area in Australia can produce.

Vineyard

We select a single block of our low yielding 50yr old Semillon vines which are grown on the red volcanic soils of the Fordwich Sill. We hand pick the block, slightly early to ensure a higher acid, lower potential alcohol and a leaner structure.

Winemaking

The juice was fermented at cool temperatures to preserve delicate fruit characters. Our Aged Release Semillon has been made in a very pure style to reflect the traditions of the area. Strength of acid and line and length are the keys to the ageing style and this wine has been specifically made to have this covered. 5 years of bottle maturation allows both the young wine and the older wine to be seen in the one glass. This wine shows great ageing potential, well beyond the five years at release.

Tasting Notes

Semillon at five years of age shows just why this is one of the great wine styles of the world. It has a wealth of complex flavours, a soft but lingering acidity and a never-ending finish. The colour will still be pale straw and the nose shows lemon peel, lime zest and a touch of honeysuckle. The palate will have a range of citrus flavours- lemon grass, grapefruit, lime sorbet as well as a touch of honey and macadamia. The finish is long and lingering

Food Match

Freshly shucked oysters with finger lime and cracked pepper

Cellaring Potential

20 years plus
Wine Profile
Vineyard Notes
At the bottom end of our Timbervines Vineyard the red clay becomes a red sand clay and this brings the opportunity of making a more austere style of ageing Semillon. Named the Francis John block in memory of Andrew's father. Our Aged Release Semillon has been made in a very pure style to reflect the traditions of the area. Strength of acid and line and length are the keys to the ageing style and this wine has been specifically made to have this covered. 5 years of bottle maturation allows both the young wine and the older wine to be seen in the one glass.
Winemaker Notes
The grapes for this Semillon were handpicked in the cool of the morning from vines yielding less than one tonne to the acre. The wine has been made in the traditional low sugar manner that produces wines with great ageing potential. The juice was fermented under temperature controlled conditions to maintain all of its fruit characters. True to Hunter tradition, no oak is used.
Food Pairing Notes
King fish ceviche with pickled cucumber, avocado and dill

2018 WHITE LABEL CABERNET SAUVIGNON

$50.00

Growing Season

The 2018 vintage had perfect ripening conditions with dry, warm days paired with cooler nights resulting in beautifully ripe and healthy fruit.

Vineyard

Cabernet is usually the last of the varieties to bud, ripen and be picked here in the Hunter. Our vines were planted on our Saxonvale Vineyard on the Fordwich Sill in the late 1960’s and covers a small 3-hectare block. They produced the great Lindemans Saxonvale Cabernets of 1984, 85 and 86. We took over this vineyard in 2007 and are the proud custodians of these old, low yielding vines.

Winemaking

The fruit is handpicked, and the juice is fermented at cool temperatures using aromatic yeasts. We mature the wine in a combination of new and old American and French barriques for 12 months, we select the best barrels based on freshness of aromatics and structural tannins to be bottled in limited quantities under our prestigious White Label.

Tasting Notes

Vivid purple in colour as a young wine and displaying intense dark fruit aromas. The palate is rich and earthy with blackcurrant, spiced fruit, dark chocolate, vanilla bean and a touch of Chinese five-spice. The tannins are firm and structured, and the finish is long and lingering.

Food Match

Venison backstrap with beetroot puree and burnt shallots

Cellaring Potential

10 to 20 years

Wine Composition

pH                                                           3.49 Titratable Acidity                                   7.5g/L Alcohol                                                   13.5% Residual Sugar                                       <1g/L

2018 WHITE LABEL CERES HILL BARBERA

$40.00
Growing Season The 2018 vintage had perfect ripening conditions with dry, warm days paired with cooler nights resulting in beautifully ripe and healthy fruit which we picked early February. Vineyard Our Barbera vineyard was planted In 1998 with cuttings from an original Italian clone on our Ceres Hill vineyard, just behind the winery on a streak of red volcanic soil. The great thing about Barbera is that it holds its acidity while achieving full flavour (phenological) ripeness making It very suitable to growing In the changing climate. Winemaking We hand pick the grapes at optimal ripeness and ferment under cool conditions using cultured, aromatic yeast. The wine was placed in a mixture of small and large older French oak barriques (225 litres) and puncheons (500 litres) where it matured for 12 months prior to bottling. Food Match It is a great food wine as the acid cuts through richer red meats like lamb. It matches well with hard cheese and is lighter in body and alcohol than many red wines. Cellaring Potential 10-15yrs Wine Composition pH                                                      3.44 Titratable Acidity                                7.0g/L Alcohol                                               14.0% Residual Sugar                                 <1g/L

2018 WHITE LABEL FORDWICH HILL SHIRAZ

$50.00

Growing Season

Low yielding, high quality, clean fruit at full ripeness was a hallmark of the excellent 2018 vintage. The 2018 vintage had the earliest start we have ever experienced with the first fruit coming in on the 4th of January. Our Fordwich Hill Shiraz was hand picked the second week in February and showcased great flavour and tannin balance.

Vineyard

This Shiraz is grown on our Fordwich Hill vineyard, a small 3-hectare Easterly facing block planted on red volcanic soils in the early 1970’s. The age of these vines result in natural low yields and intensely concentrated fruit.

Winemaking

We ferment using partial ‘carbonic maceration’ to enhance the bright fruit aromatics and give a complex red wine with smooth tannins. The wine was placed in a mixture of 1 and 2-year-old French oak barriques for 12 months.

Tasting Notes

Bright blueberry aromatics a distinct flavour we see each year from the fruit off our Fordwich  Hill vineyard. The palate is full of raspberry and mulberry fruits with a touch of chocolate framed with subtle oak and velvety tannins.

Vine Age/Clone

50 years / Busby

Cellaring Potential

20+ years

Food Match

Dry Aged Waygu with potato gratin and béarnaise

Accolades

Gold medal NSW Wine Show 95 points James Halliday 94 points Mike Bennie The Wine Front 92 points Nick Butler The Real Review

Wine Composition

pH                                                    3.44 Titratable Acidity                              7.2g/L Alcohol                                            13.5% Residual Sugar                                < 1g/L

2018 WHITE LABEL SAXONVALE SHIRAZ MOURVÈDRE

$40.00

Growing Season

Low yielding, high quality, clean fruit at full ripeness was a hallmark of the excellent 2018 vintage. Mouvedre is a late ripening variety making this field blend one of our last picks every year. In 2018 this vineyard was picked in the last week of February.

Vineyard

Planted as a field blend, the grapes were picked from a 3 hectare block on our Saxonvale vineyard. Mourvèdre thrives in a hot, dry climate and produces small bunches of intensely flavoured berries. The Mourvedre ripens later than the Shiraz so we wait until it is ready and pick it all together. The Shiraz is very ripe at this stage, so the style of wine is bigger and has a higher potential alcohol than our other reds.

Winemaking

The grapes were picked and co-fermented under cool conditions using cultured aromatic yeast. The wine was then placed in new and old French oak barriques where it matured for 12 months prior to bottling. The intense tannins of the Mourvèdre help lift the spicy notes of the Shiraz.

Tasting Notes

Aromas of blackberry and black currants, followed by a palate of cocoa and rich forest fruits. Fine tannins and subtle oak frame the fruit providing a fuller style of Hunter Valley Shiraz with lifted aromatics from the Mourvèdre.

Vine Age/Clone

60 years / Busby

Cellaring Potential

20+ years

Food Match

Slow cooked lamb shoulder with heirloom carrots and creamy parsnip puree

Accolades

95 points James Halliday 91 points Huon Hooke The Real Review

Wine Composition

pH                                                   3.48 Titratable Acidity                              7.1g/L Alcohol                                             14% Residual Sugar                               < 1g/L

2018 WHITE LABEL TIMBERVINES TEMPRANILLO GRACIANO SHIRAZ

$40.00

Growing Season

Low yielding, high quality, clean fruit at full ripeness was a hallmark of the excellent 2018 vintage. Tempranillo is a late ripening variety making this field blend one of our last picks every year. In 2018 this vineyard was picked in the last week of February celebrating the end of vintage and the end of working weekends!

Vineyard

The grapes are from our Timbervines Vineyard planted to red volcanic soils and cover a tiny 2 hectares. The three varieties are inter planted as a Field Blend. The challenge when making wine from a field blend is that the different varieties ripen at different stages so the art of making good wine involves balancing these ripeness’s. We enjoy the unpredictability of this and that the conditions of the vintage and the terroir will dictate the style of wine each year.

Winemaking

All three varieties were harvested and fermented together under cool conditions using cultured aromatic yeast.  After fermentation the wine was placed in a mixture of new and used French and American oak barriques and puncheons where it matured for 12 months prior to bottling.

Tasting Notes

This is perfectly balanced, medium bodied wine with bright plush fruit, silky tannins and well-defined acidity which gives a long, refreshing finish. The nose has violets and black fruits and the palate has loads of forest berries, a touch of dark chocolate, soft tannins and refreshing acidity.

Vine Age/Clone

10 years / Busby

Cellaring Potential

20+ years

Food Match

Duck and pork belly cassoulet with creamy parmesan polenta

Accolades

92 points Nick Butler The Real Review 91 Points 2021 Halliday Wine Companion

Wine Composition

pH                                                    3.46 Titratable Acidity                              7.1g/L Alcohol                                             13.5% Residual Sugar                               < 1g/L

2019 WHITE LABEL CERES HILL SEMILLON

$35.00

Growing Season

Small bunches and intensely flavoured fruit with bright aromatics was a characteristic of the 2019 vintage, resulting in beautifully ripe and healthy fruit that we hand picked in mid January. Fruit quality was exceptionally high especially in Chardonnay and Semillon.

Vineyard

The vineyard faces east and has less sun exposure allowing for slower, even ripening. The soil is grey, alluvial clay which forces the vines to work hard giving lower yields and more concentrated fruit. This grey soil is distinct from the dolerite soil on the Fordwich Sill and gives Semillon with higher acidity and finer flavours. We ensure extra concentration in the fruit by keeping yields low and ‘fruit thinning’ when necessary which requires cutting off underripe grapes during the growing season so the vine can concentrate its energy to ripening the remaining bunches on the vine.

Winemaking

The grapes were handpicked when just ripe, to maintain fine flavours and naturally high acidity. The juice was fermented on full solids using indigenous yeasts which offered a uniquely different style of Semillon contributing more generous aromatics than what is traditionally expected from Hunter Valley Semillon. In the winery, we leave the wine on lees to develop palate texture.

Tasting Notes

This wine has a lovely aromatics of lemon myrtle and chamomile flower. The palate shows zesty fruit of white grapefruit, lemons and lime sherbet. The texture is dry with river stone and mineral notes and the finish is long and refreshing with tingling acidity.

Vine Age

30 years

Food Match

Tuna sashimi with pear, soy and yuzu

Cellaring Potential

10 + years

Wine Composition

pH                                      3.08 Titratable Acidity                7.8g/L Alcohol                               11.5% Residual Sugar                  < 1g/L

2019 WHITE LABEL FORDWICH HILL SEMILLON

$35.00

Growing Season

Small bunches and intensely flavoured fruit with bright aromatics was a characteristic of the 2019 vintage, resulting in beautifully ripe and healthy fruit that we hand picked in mid January

Vineyard

These old vines were planted in the 1970’s and produce low yielding and concentrated fruit. The vineyard is planted on red volcanic clay and faces east resulting in less sun exposure allowing for slower and more even ripening. The grapes were handpicked when just ripe to maintain high natural acidity and low potential alcohol.

Winemaking

The fruit was handpicked early to maintain high natural acidity with a low alcohol. Once in the winery it was made using classical Hunter Valley Semillon techniques where the juice was highly clarified and fermented at cool temperatures using neutral cultured yeast to preserve delicate fruit flavours and aromas. It is bottled early to lock away freshness.

Tasting Notes

Lemongrass and lime peel dominate the aromatics, the palate is light and full of fresh citrus. A vibrant acidity gives this wine line and length, a key characteristic that we look for when classifying our White Label Semillon.

Vine Age/Clone

50 years / Busby

Food Match

Lobster rolls with radish and chives on soft brioche bun

Wine Composition

pH                                                    3.08 Titratable Acidity                              7.0g/L Alcohol                                             11.5% Residual Sugar                                < 1g/L

2019 WHITE LABEL SAXONVALE MOURVÈDRE

$50.00

Growing Season

Small bunches and intensely flavoured fruit with bright aromatics was a characteristic of the 2019 vintage, resulting in beautifully ripe and healthy fruit that we hand picked in mid January. Fruit quality was exceptionally high

Vineyard

Our Saxonvale Vineyard has fifty year old Shiraz and Mourvedre vines which are interplanted as a field blend on a three hectare block growing on the red volcanic soils of the Fordwich Sill. We usually harvest this block together as a field blend, but in exceptional vintages we hand a small amount of mourvedre to express as a single variety.

Winemaking

The fruit for this wine was handpicked and fermented in a temperature-controlled environment.  After fermentation, the wine was placed in old used French oak barriques and puncheons where it matured for 18 months prior to bottling.

Tasting Notes

Deep ruby in colour with aromas of raspberry, cherry, and mulberry. The palate is rich with bright red berry fruits and cherry cola, soft tannins and fresh acidity drive the finish.

Food Match

Duck breast with confit cherry and cauliflower puree

Cellaring Potential

Enjoy now or cellar over the next ten years.

Wine Composition

pH                                                          3.45 Titratable Acidity                                    6.9g/L Alcohol                                                  14.0% Residual Sugar                                     <1g/L