Some of the best of Hunter Valley comes to Melbourne
If you remember back, almost a month ago, to Tuesday 16th September, you will remember it being cold and wet and quite miserable for the third week of spring. For me however there was a little ray of sunshine for two hours as I joined several representatives from the Hunter Valley in a master class at Bellota, South Melbourne. If I had to summarise the flavour experience in one word it would be yummo! Not very technical and certainly not part of the wine language I normally use but there you go.
Thanks to Andrew Thomas (Thomas Wines), Gwyn Olsen (Briar Ridge) and Michael De Iuliis (De Iuliis Wines) for hosting the master class and sharing some recently awarded Gold medal and Trophy medal wines from the 40th Hunter Valley Wine Show. If there is one message I have taken away from the tasting it’s ‘watch this space’ in terms of what the Hunter Valley is producing. The bracket of 2013 Shiraz was outstanding, and I hear the 2014 is even better!
A special mention needs to be given to Gwyn Olsen from Briar Ridge, as she has recently been awarded Young Winemaker of the Year 2014, announced in the latest edition of Gourmet Traveller Wine (Oct/Nov). This plus the accolade below for her 2014 Semillon speak volumes, making Briar Ridge a winery to watch now and in the future.
Below is the list of wines we worked our way through, with notes made on those wines I know were awarded Gold or Trophy:
- Briar Ridge 2014 Dairy Hill Single Vineyard Semillon (Trophy for current Semillon) - Drive, poise and length with savoury palate and lovely fresh bright herbaceous notes
- Thomas Wines 2014 Cellar Reserve Braemore Semillon
- Tinklers 2014 Semillon
- De Iuliis Wines 2013 Cellar Reserve Semillon (This wine plus their 2004 and 2006 as a trio one the Provenance Trophy) - Developing with tropical notes, a lovely acid / mineral drive and slight creamy mouthfeel
- Tempus Two 2013 Copper Zenith Semillon
- Tyrrell’s Vineyards 2009 Stevens Semillon
- Meerea Park Wines 2009 Alesander Munro Semillon
- Tyrrell’s Vineyard 2009 Vat 1 Semillon
- Briar Ridge 2013 Signature Release Stockhausen Shiraz (Gold) - Opulent bright fruit with new oak spice, intensity, length and complexity with time on its side
- Brokenwood 2013 Verona Shiraz (Gold) - Intense with dark plums, cherries and subtle ‘briary’ notes leading to a savoury palate with dried herbs
- Brokenwood 2013 Mistress Shiraz (Gold & Trophy best one year Shiraz) - Raspberries and red fruits with floral violet lift on the nose, follows through to darker fruits on the palate and focussed tannins
- David Hook 2013 Old Vines Belford Shiraz (Gold) - Sweet notes and spice on the nose with vanillin oak follows through to a long finish on the palate which gravitates between sweet and savoury
- De Iuliis Wines 2011 Limited Release Shiraz
- Thomas Wines 2011 Kiss Shiraz
- Tyrrell’s Vineyards 2011 Vat 9 Shiraz
- De Iuliis Wines 2006 Show Reserve Shiraz (Trophy best museum red) - Brooding with cooked fruit, bramble, dried herb and leather notes - a wine with balance, intensity, complexity and length