Sips to Savour
2017 Mistletoe Hunter Shiraz – RRP $27 100% Hunter Shiraz made from grapes grown on the Mistletoe Home Vineyard. From the highly acclaimed 2017 vintage this is a quintessential medium bodied Hunter Shiraz. Currently drinking beautifully it will handsomely reward medium term cellaring. TASTING Soft, plummy, earthy and spicy. The fruit does the talking with the French oak just playing a supporting role. FOOD MATCH A perfect match to Boeuf Bourguignon with mushrooms. CELLARING Drink now to 2030.
Tintilla Estate 2017 Saphira Sangiovese – RRP $35 First class, hand-picked fruit, aged in French oak barrels for over 12 months before bottling. Aromas of cherries, blackberries and a touch of liquorice, and sweet leather. TASTING The taste of this wine is firm yet elegant, reflecting the aroma with dark cherries, plums and savoury cranberries – with a touch of spice. Good structure and crisp acidity finish. FOOD MATCH Great with classic Italian meals like pasta and pizza but will just as easily go with a steak and veggies. CELLARING Drink now until 2025.
Mount Pleasant Estate
2017 Rosehill Shiraz – $50 First planted in 1946 by Maurice O’Shea, the Rosehill vineyard is the epitome of the Hunter. Elegance and power, grace and intensity, these wines are beautiful young but have the backbone to survive for decades. It's from great vineyards where great wines are made. TASTING Red fruits, cranberry, violets and spice aromatics combine with a supple elegant mouthfeel with beautiful intensity and focus. FOOD MATCH Perfect to have with Slow cooked lamb, aged beef or with some fine chocolate. CELLARING Drink now or will reward cellaring for 25 years.
Elbourne Wines 2017 H.A.E Single Vineyard Shiraz – RRP $55 2017 was an outstanding Hunter vintage given the hot and dry conditions. Only 150 dozen cases of this high quality Shiraz were produced from single vineyard estate grown fruit. Hand pruned and handpicked to ensure exceptional quality. It also took out the Gold Medal at the 2018 Hunter Valley Boutique Show. TASTING Intense black/purple colour, with ripe dark fruits and pepper on the nose. A well structured and balanced palate, with loads of spice and layers to complement the outstanding fruit weight. Framed magnificently with skillful use of high quality French oak barriques. A big red, from a big Hunter vintage! FOOD MATCH Suited perfectly with Beef Burgundy. CELLARING Comfortably store for 25+ years.
Emma's Cottage Vineyard 2015 Shiraz – RRP $30 This wine is light enough to drink on its own without food, and if you do not manage to finish the bottle save it to put into tomorrow’s casserole – it does the most wonderful things to big tasty casseroles! TASTING This classic Hunter Valley Shiraz, is aged in old American oak, has a light fresh medium body and is very fruit driven with dark berry flavours and light peppery notes with a lovely savoury tannin finish. FOOD MATCH Slow cooked lamb shoulder or aged beef. CELLARING Drink now or cellar for 10 years.
Ascella Organic Wines 2014 Reserve Chardonnay $33.50 The choicest fruit and the most careful crushing technique are used to create Ascella's Reserve Chardonnay using only organic grapes from their vineyards in the secluded Thompsons Valley in Broke Fordwich where culture, tradition and the environment are respected and nurtured. TASTING Layers of primary fruit characters and creamy notes with extended palate. A zesty elegant Chardonnay with ripe peach and orange blossom lift with spicy French oak. FOOD MATCH Fish, poultry, pork, pastas. CELLARING 10 Years.