2019 Fordwich Hill Shiraz
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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.



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.


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

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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.


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pH                                                                  3.25

Titratable Acidity                                       7.5 g/L

Alcohol                                                         12 %

Residual Sugar                                           < 2g/L


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2018 Aged Release Timbervines 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.



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.




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