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We were the first to inter-plant these varieties with Shiraz here in the Hunter Valley in 2010. The grapes are picked together and made as one to capture the fruit of the Tempranillo, acid of the Graciano and tannins of the Shiraz whilst expressing the savoury medium bodied nature of the climate and soil this single vineyard provides.
These 50-year-old vines are the only example of this unique combination in the Hunter Valley. The grapes are picked and vinified together giving a wine with loads of character. Concentrated black forest fruits, liquorice, spice and earth. Dusty tannins add structure and the finish is long and lingering.
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 old stocks of Cabernet Sauvignon are rare and special. We decided to replant these cuttings on the Saxonvale vineyard at the highest most westerly facing point on the volcanic red soil. This same block had been used for Cabernet Sauvignon many years previously by Saxonvale and had historically produced some of the best Cabernet Sauvignon in the Hunter Valley.
Our Ceres Hill Semillon is generously aromatic with light and crisp palate. Single vineyard and sustainably farmed.
Margan Botrytis Semillon is the only natural Botrytis Semillon produced every year in the Hunter Valley. The famous varietal produces a unique style of sweet wine combining the luscious complex botrytis characters with the light citrus acidity of the whole semillon fruit making a wine that has richness without being overly sweet and cloying.