What is the current vintage like compared to those of the past few years?
The Hunter Valley has always faced challenging weather and this year was no different. But things are looking good, proving that you just can’t hold back great talent! There are some truly great whites on the horizon and we’re very optimistic about the reds!
What are some of the best performing styles and varieties in the Hunter?
You can’t go past Hunter Shiraz and Semillon, but don’t forget Chardonnay and Verdelho too. When I’m pulling a pack together, I look to include these varieties plus lesser known gems like Cabernet Franc, Tempranillo, Pinot Grigio and Gewürztraminer.
How have the palates of the public evolved over the years?
There’s been a shift away from high alcoholic reds and Sauvignon Blanc has really taken the world by storm. We’re also experiencing the second coming of Chardonnay – say goodbye to overbearing oak and buttery characteristics and welcome a wave of elegant, Chablis-like wines. Trust me, if you haven’t revisited Hunter Valley Chardonnay lately, now’s the time!
What are some of your favourite Hunter Valley wines at the moment?
You’ve got to try the Briar Ridge Karl Stockhausen Signature Release Chardonnay 2011 and the Little Wine Company Sangiovese 2010. They are to die for!
What do you think makes the Hunter Valley different from other regions?
Hunter Valley winemakers are salt-of-the-earth people who are smart enough to adapt to new trends, blend old with new, and who never give in to temperamental weather. These are people with authentic stories to tell and it really shows in their wines.
What do you think the top benefits of being a Hunter Valley Series Member are?
I’ve been working hard to showcase interesting varieties, older and newer producers, plus genuine savings. We stand by our 100% money back guarantee because we believe in these wines.
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