The most unique expression of Semillon

Put simply, the Hunter Valley is the birthplace of Australian wine. Returning from Europe with 20,000 vine cuttings in 1832 James Busby was vital in helping establish the Hunter Valley as a key wine region and in turn vital in establishing Australia as a grape growing country.

Famous Australian wine names like Audrey Wilkinson, Maurice O’Shea, Murray Tyrrell, and famous wine families like Drayton and Tulloch are all borne of the Hunter Valley and its winemaking traditions.

Fast forward to today this is an Australian wine region that is defined by its rich historical tapestry and complimented by a new generation of innovative young winemakers.

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Hunter Valley
Hunter Valley
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Hunter Valley snapshot

The Hunter Valley is Australia’s oldest producing wine region with vineyards dating back to the 1860’s still in production, some of the oldest vine stock in the world. Iconic vineyards are dotted through the region, with names like Graveyard, Old Hill and Old Paddock, Braemore and Old Patch becoming legend amongst Australian wine lovers. The warm and humid climate of the region is unique in Australian wine, leading to unique wine styles like long lived Semillon and earthy Shiraz.

Today the Hunter Valley, one of Australia’s most visited wine region, is all about peeling back layers of discovery. Learning that Hunter Valley Semillon is a unique Australian white wine which keeps getting better with age. Understanding that the region’s warm and humid growing conditions combined with red clay loam soils produce some of Australia’s most famous Shiraz. Discovering that the region’s young winemakers are exploring innovative new varieties and styles such as Tempranillo, Barbera and Fiano.  

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2,324ha
Total vineyard area
75m
Altitude
32° 54'S
Latitude
500mm
Growing season rainfall
22.3°c
Mean temperature (Jan)
2170
Heat degree days
White
53%
Red
47%
Type

Chardonnay

One of the first regions to produce Chardonnay commercially. Full flavoured, richer, peachy style.

Semillon

The best versions come from the Lower Hunter Valley. This is one of Australia’s classic and most unique dry white wine styles: high acid, low alcohol and unoaked. Fresh, tart and lemony when young, capable of ageing for decades.

Shiraz

Very distinctive moderate alcohol, medium-bodied, savoury style.

Top varieties grown in Hunter Valley
Climate
  • One of the wettest, most humid and technically warmest climates of any region in Australia
  • Most of the annual rain falls during harvest
  • Rain, humidity, cloud cover and gentle sea breezes mitigate the warmth
Soil
  • Quite varied soils across the region
  • Shiraz does best on friable red duplex and loam soils
  • Semillon does best on the sandy alluvial flats

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