|Like an uncut diamond, the Chardonnay grape lends its sparkle to the Ruinart wines. In the constant pursuit of perfection, the Ruinart House excels in the art of handling this very special grape variety. Ruinart»|
|The inaugural release of Hanging Rock Shiraz was vintage 1987 and what an event it was, immediately claiming gold and inspiring comparisons to Grange by the industry press. From from fruit grown to the estate Athols Paddock, a complex Heathcote style, more Syrah than Shiraz, boasting several trophies and over fifty gold to its distinguished history, big, powerful and rich, yet exhibiting an elegance and finesse that's rare in Australian wine. Hanging Rock»|
|Gold Medal Winner at the highly prestigious London International Wine Challenge! The taste is very sweet, smooth, pronounced and delicous, just like dried raisins or rich tawny grape juice. Serve at cool room temperature with fine desserts, pastries and cake, pour liberally over the best quality ice creams. Lustau»|
|Andrew Nugent grew up next door to the ancient Penfold wineworks at Magill. He established a profound reputation as viticulturalist amongst the grand old estates of McLaren Vale, before returning to sow his very own vineyards in Adelaide Hills. Bird In Hand»|
|An accord of three very different parcels of superior McLaren Vale vineyard, vinified on skins for a week and a half in traditional open vats, followed by transfer to a selection of seasoned and new French oak barrels for completion of malolactic and eighteen months maturation. The individual Blocks of Cabernet were cannily shifted between different cooperages of oak to impart layers of flavour and enhance structure, the final assemblage is a judicious draught of vineyard parcels to achieve layers of flavour and opulent tannin profile. Fox Creek»|
|In commemoration of the year Samual McWilliams planted his first vines, 1877 is a national flagship, crafted from the best fruit of vintage. The choicest parcels of estate grown Shiraz are sourced from superior mature vines on the original McWilliams plantings at Barwang in the Hilltops. McWilliams»|
|Named for a rare grasshopper Sigaus childi, found only at Central Otago within the Earnscleugh gold mine tailings, just across the road from Grasshopper Rock vineyard. The site is fortuitously harsh and sufficiently challenging to make the vines work their hardest. Grasshopper Rock»|
|A collation of superior parcels from the Serafino estate vineyards in McLaren Vale, vinified in small, open top fermenters, pumped over twice daily for optimal extraction, pressed into French and American oak hogsheads for a luxurious twenty months maturation. Magnitude's mocha and mulberry spice nose precedes a full bodied palate of intense red berry fruits, sublimely integrated oak and mocha chocolate richness, all supported by an exquisite length over a carriage of supple, velvetine tannins.. Serafino»|
|A vineyard of some historical import, Bernoota is the original block, planted to the Follett family homestead along the banks of River Bremer, two decades before federation. A splendid construct of Langhorne Creek Shiraz Cabernet, selected from old vines around the distinguished Follett family vineyard, perennially released to resounding accolades. Lake Breeze»|
|She's such a special wine, that a distinctive hand blown bottle was designed just for her. Tempus Two is the definition of romance and desirability, elegance and finesse, all who have countenanced her endowments agree. Tempus Two»|
|Named for the Chapel district of Lenton in Nottingham, Brae is Scottish for a small hill, which is what the Lenton Brae vineyard is situated on. Fortuitously placed within the very epicenter for superior Margaret River Cabernet, the site was planted after advisement from the proprietors of nearby Moss Wood, with which it shares a similar terroir and microclime. Lenton Brae»|
|Stoney Rise is all about drinkability, the creation of complex, fully approachable food friendly wines, without any excessive oak or overripeness. Pinot Noir goes into the oldest barrels available to soften the tannins and refine textures without overpowering the sensual fruit characters. Stoney Rise»|
Hungerford Hill has always pushed the boundaries.
Since its founding in the 1970s in the world famous Hunter Valley, Sydney's doorstep, Hungerford Hill has been at the forefront of multi-regional winemaking, producing award-winning wines from Australia's best regions.
Designed for the future, Hungerford Hill has a new winery and cellar door that pushes the boundaries of architecture and style.
The Hungerford Hill Winery in Broke Road, Pokolbin stands as a sentinel at the entrance to the Pokolbin district in the Hunter Valley. It is a powerful landmark for visitors to the area, situated at the beginning of the road which leads into the gently undulating valley and eventually to the more rugged Upper Hunter.
Its near neighbours present a diverse architectural palette. The prestigious Lakes Folly, on the western boundary, still operates from a romantically gabled shed.
Opposite, Peterson's Champagne House is a cluster of neo colonial brick cottages. A little further along Alan Jack + Cottier's 1971 award winning building at the Rothbury Estate has a proprietorial air, perched high on the hill at the end of a grand entrance drive. Across the road from Rothbury is Len Evans' more recent venture, the Tower Estate Winery, with its intriguing ziggurat shaped entrance.
Hungerford Hill selects the best grapes from Australia's best regions to create wines with flavour, finesse and regional character.
What is the terroir of these regions?
Location: Mid North Coast of New South Wales, 160km north of Sydney
Climate: Hot - One of the warmest and most humid wine regions in Australia, with 750 mm annual rainfall concentrated over the vintage months. However the heat is tempered by afternoon cloud cover and weak sea breezes. Heat degree days total 2070, and Mean January temperature is 22.7
Soils: Vary widely from friable red duplex soils through to deep friable loam soils.
Major Varieties: Semillon and Shiraz
Harvest time: Late January to early March
Location: Southern New South Wales, 100km South-West of Canberra
Climate: Cool - One of the coolest and highest wine regions in Australia, with 985mm annual rainfall spread evenly throughout the year. Heat degree days total 1010, and Mean January temperature is 19.3
Soils: Decomposed granite and basalt
Major Varieties: Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
Harvest time: Late March to May
Location: Southern New South Wales, 100km West of Canberra
Climate: Hot - A continental climate with substantial diurnal temperature variation, annual rainfall of 650 mm mainly in the spring. Heat degree days total 1880, and Mean January temperature is 22.5
Soils: Rich and deep, typically dark red granitic clays impregnated with basalt.
Major Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz
Harvest time: Late March to May