Hunter Valley summers provide perfect conditions for beautifully ripe, medium bodied, Shiraz. Our 50-year-old, low yielding vineyards on the volcanic dolerite soils of the Fordwich Sill gives us plenty of opportunities to select the best parcels of shiraz to hand pick, ferment, and bottle under our White Label range which we launched in 2005. We now have added the vineyard name to this wine. Still made in limited quantities and still produced only in strong vintages
Inspired by some great Spanish wines and their versatility with food, we pioneered the inter-planting (field blend) of these 3 varieties together here in the Hunter Valley in 2010. Picked at the same time and vinified together as a single wine we find the Tempranillo provides the rich fruit, Graciano gives lifted floral notes and acidity and the Shiraz provides the tannin and extra structure.
The entire Hunter has Shiraz vines, but we are not sure who had the foresight to plant a field blend of Shiraz with Mourvèdre back in the late 1960’s. We now have this vineyard and are glad they did. We usually blend the Mourvèdre with Shiraz, however In 2019 the quality of Mourvèdre was exceptional so we handpicked a selection of the rows at the top of the block and kept this fruit separate through fermentation and maturation. When we took it out of barrel 18 months later, we deemed the quality of this batch high enough to bottle as a straight Mourvèdre which we had never done before. Winner of the 'The Best Other Red Varietal' at the 2020 NSW Wine Awards.
Ripasso is the Italian term used in reference to the re-passing of a wine from one ferment over the skins of another. In our case we have passed some of our 2016 vintage shiraz from our 40-year-old Timbervines vineyard over the skins of a number of different varieties from the 2017 vintage. The mystery for the drinker is to figure out what skins we have used for the re-fermentation.
Originating from the North West of Italy we were the first to plant this red grape here in the Hunter Valley in 1998. It’s a medium bodied wine with black fruits, savoury notes and great acidity. True to its Italian heart it loves nothing more than good food and company. Our Brilliant Barbera pack contains three of our 2018 Ceres Hill Barbera and three of our 2015 Ceres Hill Barbera.
Our BC4 block is one of 8 blocks of old clone Shiraz vines, located within our Fordwich Sill vineyards planted on red volcanic clays. Consistently year to year our BC4 block produces a juicy, fruit-forward style of Shiraz with plush purple fruits and soft tannins. The intensity of fruit stands out from our other vineyards, in 2018 we decided to bottle a small parcel of this block as a single vineyard, single block wine to capture the vibrancy of fruit that the BC4 block produces.
These two varieties are planted as a Field Blend on the Saxonvale Vineyard. The entire Hunter has Shiraz vines, but we are not sure who had the foresight to plant the Mourvèdre back in the late 1960’s. However, we now have this vineyard and are glad they did. The original plantings were trained as ‘bush vines’ and the variety mix is about 85% Shiraz and 15% Mourvèdre. We first released this wine in 2005 and it is a consistent favourite with a real cult following.
Margan Barbera was the variety that established us as ‘pioneers of alternative varieties’. Andrew is a big fan of Italian varieties and we researched this grape to see if it would work here in the Hunter. Back in the late 1990’s the region mainly had the standard line up of iconic Hunters – Semillon, Shiraz and also Chardonnay- and we wanted to see what else would work. Barbera originates from the North West of Italy and we were the first to plant this red grape here in 1998. It’s a long story but the clone we have planted is an Italian original and produces wines of true varietal definition and Italian personality.
Originating from the North West of Italy we were the first to plant this red grape here in the Hunter Valley in 1998. It’s a long story but the clone is an Italian original and produces wines of true varietal definition and Italian personality. It’s a medium bodied wine with black fruits, savoury notes and great acidity. True to its Italian heart it loves nothing more than good food and company.
The Hunter Valley is mainly known for Shiraz, not so much for the other noble variety of France, Cabernet Sauvignon. Having said that, a handful of Hunter producers make excellent Cabernet when planted with the right clone to the right soils and we think we are one of them. Our old vines ensure yields are kept low which allows the fruit to achieve full ripeness at lower alcohols compared with cabernet grown in other warm climate regions