Hunter Valley


The Hunter Valley is the preeminent wine region in New South Wales, and one of the oldest in Australia, dating back to the 1820s. The Hunter is much farther north than most of Australia's grape growing regions, and consquently its summers are hotter and its winters wetter, making viticulture a challenge. But the proximity to Sydney and its tourists makes the challenge worth it. Shiraz, Chardonnay and famously long-lived Semillon are the main varieties grown. 

Mount Pleasant 2014 Mothervine Pinot Noir 750ml


This is a seriously interesting wine. Story of the vines aside, the wine in the glass screams character and quality. It's medium weight but it leaves a deep impression. Sprays of twiggy tannin, rushes of boysenberry and black cherry, both a sweetness and...

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Tyrrells 2015 Vat 1 Semillon 750ml


Hand-picked in the early morning, lightly pressed before relatively cool fermentation. This is still in its infancy but is gloriously well balanced, which guarantees youth at 10yo, maturity at 20, and age yet further down the track. When to drink? Your...

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Mount Pleasant 2014 "Lovedale" Semillon 750ml


While other producers strive to broaden their semillon with techniques such as skin contact, additional time on lees and longer fermentations, the culture here is staunchly traditional: pressed off, fermented cool in tank and rigorous stabilisation. The...

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Mount Pleasant 2017 "Rosehill" Shiraz 750ml


The winemaking has become more and more deft over the years but all the Rosehill hallmarks are here: it's creamy, earthen and floral with bright red berries and just enough depth to satisfy. Tannin is firmish but perfectly placed in the wine, as indeed...

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Mount Pleasant 2018 "Rosehill" Shiraz 750ml


It's not a 'look at me' wine, but it's so beautifully well fruited, balanced and flavoured. This is a seriously good option for the cellar. The tannin is ripped with earth and coffee notes, the fruit is black-cherried and bountiful, it's svelte of...

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Mount Pleasant 2017 Philip Shiraz 750ml


The 2017 Philip Shiraz, released in 2021, marks 100 years for Mount Pleasant, which was established in 1921. The wine is classic Hunter: lightly framed, bloody and intense, without being heavy or weighty. The explosion of flavor in the mouth speaks of...

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Tyrrells 2018 Hunter Valley Chardonnay 750ml


Despite its entry level status, is hand-picked and basket-pressed, hence some stalks to facilitate the pressing, 50/50% wild and cultured yeast, fermented in French oak (20% new), matured for 8 months on full lees. t has good texture and structure, at...

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