Hunter Valley, NSW
Located just two-hours North of Sydney, the Hunter Valley wine region is recognised as one of the most popular tourism destinations in Australia. While the Hunter Valley produces less than 2% of Australia’s wine, its 150 year winemaking history and proximity to Sydney, ensures it is one of Australia’s best known wine regions.
Semillon is undoubtedly the star of Hunter Valley wine, producing a style that is unique to the region. Hunter Semillon is at its delicate best when picked early to make a wine of low alcohol. When young, it is deliciously crisp with abundant citrus aromas. With age Hunter Valley Semillon develops unique complex toast, vanilla and honey flavours, giving it depth and richness.
In terms of red wine, there is no doubt that Shiraz leads the charge for the Hunter Valley. Young Hunter Valley Shiraz is typically a medium bodied wine showing red and dark berries, spices and plenty of soft tannin. With bottle-age they tend to become much more complex, with earthy, leathery overtones and a beautiful perfume.
The Hunter Valley region has a rich history of Australian wine legends (Len Evans, Maurice O’Shea, Murray Tyrrell, Audrey Wilkinson, Karl Stockhausen) and great wine families (Tyrrells, Draytons, Tulloch, McWilliams, Thomas, Margan, Little, Scarborough, DeIuliis).