Hunter Valley, New South Wales

Mount Pleasant Wines

Rosehill Limited Release Hunter Valley Shiraz 2006

See several previous tasting notes for this wine. This was made back in the day when Hunter Valley reds had strayed from their medium bodied, savoury, sweaty saddle origins to being riper and more full bodied like a South Australian Red. This was declared in a speech by Chief Winemaker at the time, Jim Chatto, at a dinner I attended at the winery. Also plenty of oak still evident at 15 years of age. I prefer the original Hunter Valley style which Mount Pleasant has wisely reverted to utilising the wonderful old vine fruit at its disposal. — 13 days ago

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Tyrrell's Wines

Hunter Valley Sémillon 2019

Done in such a light style. Lime, bitter. A touch of quince. Very clear and lemongrass crystal. Medium light bodied with very little/no oak. It’s lean and racy, best drunk cold. Would be great aged. I enjoyed this. — 4 days ago

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Tempus Two

Shiraz 2020

Great mouth feel
Light and flavourful
Buy it again
— a month ago

Mount Pleasant Wines

Lovedale Hunter Valley Sémillon

8 years of age upon opening - nose of lemon pith, wet gravel, sea spray, butter. palate is bone dry with flavors of lime, buttered popcorn, wet stony minerality, saline. high acid! beautiful weight and texture given the years of bottle age! — a month ago

Allandale

Matthew Single Vineyard Shiraz 1996

Think aged Shiraz is underrated. This really hit the spot. Showed really well with a surprising amount of fruit left and was a delicious bottle. — 5 days ago

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First Creek Wines

Harvest Shiraz 2020

Not overly extracted or syrupy, and not overly oaky. Good Shiraz in a style I like. I’d buy this again. — 19 days ago

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Clonakilla

Canberra District Riesling 2015

This wine reinforces how good the ACT (Canberra District) is for Riesling. White flowers, Talc, Lime - paraffin notes developing. Probably a 15 year drinking window and therefore in its early stages at 6 years. Developing honey and toast characters. This wine has a stellar show record. Clonakilla only enters one show which is the Canberra Wine Show where this won Best Canberra Riesling, Best Riesling, Best White and finally Champion Wine of the Show. On the strength of this I just bought 6 bottles of the just released 2021 Riesling. — 13 days ago

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Travis W

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Lovely note. I've been buying these for yonks. You're absolutely correct when you say that at 6 years that it's entering its drinking window. They can be pretty neutral to my palate for years before they settle into something far more interesting.

Lindeman's

Ben Ean Hunter River Valley Riesling 1967

Bin 3255
100% Semillon grape
Not singing like the previous bottle
Surely past its peak, but still giving a focus nose on the sweet side with white nougat, white choc and apricot tarte tatin with cinnamon.
Had Matrot Meursault Charmes 1er cru 2010 the same night and that was far more oxidised.
It still has some thing to say.
It is long and fleshy.
It has turned in something else
Sweet, but fresh therefore somehow still in balance.
— 15 days ago

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It's one of the few bottles left from the James Halliday's auction
This bottle was part of the Hunter Valley winemaking history, but thanks to the Matrot i had the same night i appreciated more the details...still oxidised, but it was worth it.
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@Ceccherini Cristiano As you would realise that wine would be a Semillon but back In those days Semillon was called Hunter Valley Riesling.
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@Bob McDonald indeed my friend 😊

Penfolds

Bin 311 Tumbarumba Chardonnay 2015

More nutty (cashew) than fruit driven on the nose. A delicate light to medium weight palate - some grapefruit notes. A great example of cool climate Chardonnay with fruit from Tumbarumba. Later vintages of Bin 311 now include fruit from other renowned cool climate districts like the Adelaide Hills and Tasmania. A class act. — 17 days ago

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Spy Valley

Handpicked Single Estate Marlborough Pinot Gris 2018

Another really good non-sb from NZ. Trampled lillies. Honeysuckle. Orange blossom. Its very floral nature is integrated well. Pollen. Lychee. Background of slate. Another to try aged. Lots of character- — 9 days ago

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