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  • 96 points in the latest Gourmet Traveller WINE magazine
  • also voted #3 in their 2017 Hunter Shiraz tasting, beating many far more expensive wines!
  • 2017 is being lauded as one of the best vintages in the history of the Hunter Valley

Tasting Notes

Colour Brick-Red
Nose The Sweetwater Shiraz is true to form with its distinctive floral notes of violets and potpourri.
Palate Concentrated yet decidedly medium-bodied, deep red and blue fruited frame, perfumed raspberry fruit. There’s beautiful depth of flavour and the tannins are fine
Food Pairing Enjoy with anything from the BBQ plate.
Cellaring Ready, but will Keep
Notes Sourced from a single vineyard located at Sweetwater Ridge in the northern Belford end of the Lower Hunter Valley. Since 1844 the soils of Sweetwater Hermitage have been the foundation for some of the oldest known vineyards in the Hunter Valley
Variety Shiraz
Body Medium Bodied
Oak Type French Oak
Vintage 2017
Region Hunter Valley
Country Australia
Sustainability None
Alcohol 13.0%
Bottle Size 750ml (Bottle)
Closure Cork
Hunter Valley
Internationally, Hunter Valley is one of Australia’s two most well known wine regions, alongside Barossa Valley in South Australia. Located about a two hour drive north of Sydney, the region is very popular for weekend escapes from the city of Sydney.

Hunter Valley’s climate includes regular droughts or floods, seemingly less than desirable conditions to grow grapes, with the hot, humid summers and cool winters. Nevertheless, the region has been under cultivation since the 1800’s and is responsible for putting Australian wine, in particular Semillon and to a lesser extent Shiraz, on the world wine map. Winemaking pioneers such as Bruce Tyrrell and Len Evans helped the region gain worldwide recognition.

The famous Hunter valley Semillon was for many years known as ‘Hunter Valley Riesling’ and is never matured in oak. It is however one of the most ageworthy whites in the country with bottles showing an inordinate ability to age gracefully. Bottle-aged Semillons will often exhibit burnt toast and honey characteristics, slight nutty notes and supremely complex flavours on the palate. This palate complexity is coupled with soft acidity and the finish can be very long indeed.
Gourmet Traveller Wine
sitting amongst many bigger, firmly structured wines, reminded me of the classic red-fruited, fleshy and soft Hunter red of old. I loved the perfumed raspberry fruit and lush, medium-bodied palate. There’s beautiful depth of flavour and the tannins are fine. Bourne initially noted a “reluctant bouquet”, but then “cranberry and redcurrant with some exotic spices in the background.” He continued, “The wine has a high-toned palate with refreshing acidity interplaying with the silky tannin profile. A racy red with a tangy finish.” It will age gracefully.


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