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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’. 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 we have planted 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.
Old vines and low yields allow for perfectly ripe fruit which can be a challenge in the Hunter as Cabernet ripens late and sometimes vintage weather will rain on our parade. The wine has concentrated cassis, black fruit and classic cigar box notes. The concentrated fruit sweetness is perfectly balanced with hallmark acidity and tannins which ensure long term ageing. This is a fantastic example of how great Hunter Cabernet can be.
The 2014 vintage was a once in a lifetime vintage. Perfect ripening conditions provided grape chemistry with perfect balance. This gave ripe fruit flavours with lots of acid and fine tannin structures. These grapes were selected from the volcanic soils of the Fordwich Sill.
Ripasso is inspired from the Northern Italian winemaking tradition of 'repassing' a previous year's wine from barrel over fresh pressed skins from another wine. The wine picks up richness and body, a degree or two of alcohol and additional tannins. We only do this in outstanding vintages.
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.
Our Ceres Hill Semillon is generously aromatic with light and crisp palate. Single vineyard and sustainably farmed.