Autumn Reds Dozen
2018 White Label Saxonvale Cabernet Sauvignon
Lifted floral and perfumed notes leaps out of the glass, followed by rich cassis and savoury cigar box. The tannins are firm and well integrated, the oak subtle framing rich, intense dark berry fruits that linger long after the first sip.
The 2018 vintage was hot and dry and produced outstanding quality fruit from all varieties. The Cabernet Sauvignon was matured in new and old French oak for 18 months. This wine is a great example of Hunter Valley terroir with ripe fruit and sharp acid that will keep this wine ageing for many years.
Pair with chargrilled Lamb shoulder and roasted root vegetables.
2018 Breaking Ground Saxonvale Mourvedre
In 2018 the quality of Mourvedre was exceptional, we hand picked a couple of the rows of Mourvedre and kept it separate through ferment and maturation. The fruit for this wine was handpicked and fermented in a temperature controlled environment. After fermentation the wine was placed in new and used French oak barriques where it matured for 20 months prior to bottling.18 months later we deemed the quality of this batch high enough to bottle as a straight Mourvedre. It is the first and the only Mourvedre made in the Hunter.
A rich palate of bright red berry fruits and cherry cola, subtle tannins and length drive the finish. Match with Venison backstrap with beetroot puree and burnt shallots for the perfect meal.
2017 Timbervines Tempranillo Graciano Shiraz
The 2017 Hunter vintage produced outstanding quality wines. The hot dry ripening conditions provided us with clean, ripe flavoured fruit with firm tannins The grapes were picked at full ripeness and all three varieties were fermented together under cool conditions using cultured aromatic yeast. After fermentation the wine was placed in a mixture of new and used French and American oak barriques where it matured for 12 months prior to bottling.
Bright, plush fruit and soft tannins coupled with the well defined acid strength of the Graciano fill out the palate of this wine ensuring wonderfully crafted medium bodied wine. Enjoy with any Spanish inspired cuisine.