The Hunter Valley is Australia’s oldest vineyard region area with vines first being planted in 1831. Our vineyards planted in 1972 are located in the Lower Hunter in the picturesque Mount View region close to the town of Cessnock, 165 km north of Sydney and 50 km from Newcastle.
Varieties Grown: Chardonnay, Shiraz, Semillon, Verdelho, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon
Fruit Characteristics: The area is famous for Semillon and Shiraz but produces other noteworthy examples of Verdelho and Chardonnay. Semillon is lemon lime citrusy when young with good acidity, but can age magnificently when older, incorporating toasty notes, famous the world over. The Hunter Shiraz at their best typically has spice and elegance, smooth fine tannins, brambly, black olive and earthy characters. The Hunter Valley produced Australia’s first Chardonnays in the 1970’s with soft opulent fruit driven styles and flavours of melon, passionfruit and pineapple. Verdelho is also a popular dry wine with spicy tropical fruit characters.
Sourced from our Briar Hill block, this Single Vineyard Chardonnay is a serious style packed with intense fruit and winemaking artefact. White flowers, nectarine and gun powder notes fill the nose. The palate explodes with bright peach notes, wet stone and nutty characters. Crunchy white nectarine like acidity dances across the palate whilst a judicious use of oak provides structure and length.
Our ‘Briar Hill’ Chardonnay is made to be enjoyed now and over the next five years.