2018 Aged Release Timbervines Shiraz
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2018 TIMBERVINES AGED RELEASE SHIRAZ
This range showcases the ageing potential of Hunter Valley Shiraz which is renowned for its unique style, elegance and capacity to age. We launched this range in 2003 as we really wanted our wine lovers to experience these wines with some extra age but know that sometimes patience runs out and the wines don’t make it until then. We decided to carefully mature these wines ourselves and then release them after five years ready to enjoy. Our aged release Shiraz is only made in limited quantities in exceptional years and is a true celebration of Hunter Valley terroir.


Growing Season

2018 was a dry year with low yields of grapes but exceptionally high in quality. The fruit was clean, concentrated in flavour and perfectly ripe which was a hallmark of the excellent 2018 vintage. The 2018 vintage was also one of the earliest to start.

 

Vineyard

The grapes for this wine are carefully selected parcels of our heritage clone Shiraz from our Timbervines Vineyard, grown on the red volcanic soils of the Fordwich Sill. There are eight unique blocks, all grafted with different heritage clones on to 50yr old rootstocks. We select the best performing blocks for each vintage.

 

 

Winemaking

The wine is a blend of the best press cuts from all our Timbervines Shiraz vineyards which is characterised by concentrated fruit intensity and higher tannins. These press cuts are pressed directly to new French oak barriques to go through secondary fermentation and continue maturation for 18 months.

Tasting Notes

This wine is selected for the fruit profile and tannin structure we find in only the best of years. Freshness in youth is essential, it is the framework for longevity that we are searching for in this wine. After up to five years of careful bottle ageing in our cellar it is ready to enjoy now but will age very gracefully over the next 20 years. Dark, savoury fruit with firm but silky tannins make for a compelling shiraz that speaks volumes of our volcanic soils.

 

Wine Composition

pH                                                           3.47

Titratable Acidity                                   7.1g/L

Alcohol                                                   13.5%

Residual Sugar                                       <1g/L

 

 

Food Match

Osso Bucco with parmesan polenta and gremolata

 

Cellaring Potential

20 years plus

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2019 WHITE LABEL FORDWICH HILL SHIRAZ

Hunter Valley Shiraz is a globally renown style generally lower in alcohol and with a more savoury fruit profile than many Shiraz from other Australian wine regions. It features a more elegant and medium bodied style with softer tannins and bright acidity. I select the grapes for this limited volume shiraz from the volcanic soil vineyard of the easterly facing Fordwich Hill. This aspect gets less direct sunlight and allows for the slower accumulation of flavours whilst maintaining the natural acidity of the wine.

Growing Season

The 2019 Vintage followed three years of drought which resulted in extremely low yielding vines. The smaller berries resulted in wines of concentration and density with the natural acidity maintained, both important factors to determine long term ageing potential.

 

Vineyard

This Shiraz is grown on our Fordwich Hill vineyard, a small three-hectare Easterly facing block planted on red volcanic soils in the early 1970’s. These old vines are low in productivity and give low yields of intensely concentrated fruit.

Winemaking

We ferment using partial ‘carbonic maceration’ to enhance the bright fruit aromatics and give a complex red wine with smooth tannins. The wine was placed in a mixture of one and two year old French oak barriques for twelve months.

Tasting Notes

Savoury Hunter Valley nuances temper powerful purple and black fruits. Bright, natural acidity allows this wine to be accessible straight away, however patience will see its complexity and depth evolve over the next decade or more. A favourite vineyard from an outstanding vintage. 

 

Wine Composition

pH                                                           3.46

Titratable Acidity                                   7.2g/L

Alcohol                                                   13.5%

Residual Sugar                                       < 1g/L

 

Vine Age

50 years

 

Food Match

Dry Aged Waygu, Potato Gratin, Béarnaise

 

Cellaring Potential

20 + years

$50.00
Picture of 2021 Rose & Bramble Rosé

2021 Rose & Bramble Rosé

2021 ROSE & BRAMBLE ROSÉ

Andrew made a great Rosé, Margan Shiraz Saignée, for about 20 vintages and then got bored with it so declared he wouldn’t make it anymore. Just as the Rose’ boom hit! Lisa decided to take over the project and with our winemaker Nicole Wilson and daughter Alessa Margan they re-worked the style, renamed the wine Rose & Bramble and designed a new label. Since we launched it in 2018 it has won medals, trophies and fans. Andrew is still part of the picture – he grows the grapes – and reluctantly acknowledges that he is also a fan of the new style.

GROWING SEASON

With much welcomed spring rain in 2020 we saw excellent canopy balance through all vineyards for our 2021 vintage. A mild summer allowed for excellent acid retention and a long ripening period resulting in elegant fruit character and seamless acid balance in white wines coming from 2021.

VINEYARD

This wine is mostly sourced from our Ceres Hill Vineyard (Merlot and Barbera) with these grapes grown on the parcels of red volcanic soils. We add a small volume of Pinot Grigio grown on our Saxonvale Vineyard on the Fordwich Sill which adds texture to the palate.

WINEMAKING

Our Rosé is made using a combination of varieties and winemaking techniques. A blend of Shiraz, Merlot and Barbera picked and pressed off skins immediately to achieve a faint salmon blush and encourage floral aromatics and elegant fruits. The Pinot Grigio component Is handpicked and fermented on skins to contribute texture to the palate.

TASTING NOTES

The wine has lifted berry aromas and a rose petal perfume with mulberry, strawberry, and pink grapefruit on the palate. The finish is dry and refreshing and the palate has lots of texture. An eclectic approach to winemaking has produced a dry wine packed with mouthfeel and fresh fruit.

WINE COMPOSITION

pH                                                                  3.25

Titratable Acidity                                       7.5 g/L

Alcohol                                                         12 %

Residual Sugar                                           < 2g/L

VINE AGE/CLONE

50 years / Busby

FOOD MATCH

Kangaroo steak tartare with quails’ egg and toasted brioche

CELLARING POTENTIAL

2-3 years

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Picture of 2019 Saxonvale Cabernet Sauvignon

2019 Saxonvale Cabernet Sauvignon

2018 WHITE LABEL SAXONVALE CABERNET SAUVIGNON
The Hunter Valley is mainly known for Shiraz, not so much for the other noble variety of France, Cabernet Sauvignon. Having said that, a handful of Hunter producers make excellent Cabernet when planted with the right clone to the right soils and we think we are one of them. Our old vines ensure yields are kept low which allows the fruit to achieve full ripeness at lower alcohols compared with cabernet grown in other warm climate regions

Growing Season

Small bunches and intensely flavoured fruit with bright aromatics was a characteristic of the 2019 vintage, resulting in beautifully ripe and healthy fruit that we handpicked early February. Fruit quality was exceptionally high.

Vineyard

Cabernet is usually the last of the varieties to bud, ripen and be picked here in the Hunter. Our vines were planted on our Saxonvale Vineyard on the Fordwich Sill in the late 1960’s and covers a small 3-hectare block. They produced the great Lindemans Saxonvale Cabernets of 1984, 85 and 86. We took over this vineyard in 2007 and are the proud custodians of these old, low yielding vines.  

Winemaking

The fruit is handpicked, and the juice is fermented at cool temperatures using aromatic yeasts. We mature the wine in a combination of new and old American and French barriques for 12 months, we select the best barrels based on freshness of aromatics and structural tannins to be bottled in limited quantities under our prestigious white label.

Tasting Notes

Vivid purple in colour as a young wine and displaying intense dark fruit aromas. The palate is rich and earthy with blackcurrant, spiced fruit, dark chocolate, vanilla bean and a touch of Chinese five-spice. The tannins are firm and structured, and the finish is long and lingering.

Wine Composition

pH                                                           3.48

Titratable Acidity                                  7.1g/L

Alcohol                                                   13.5%

Residual Sugar                                       <1g/L

Food Match

Venison backstrap with beetroot puree and burnt shallots

Cellaring Potential

10 to 20 years

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