Hunter Valley 2016 Trip #2

Tasted July 10, 2016 by CamWheeler with 230 views

Introduction

Across two days but aligned note dates for simplicity.

Flight 1 (56 notes)

White - Sparkling
2015 Margan Sémillon Frizzanté Semi-sparkling Australia, New South Wales, Hunter Valley
86 points
Apple, pear, yeast, lemon. Light palate with some sweetness. Light on depth but not too bad.
White
2015 Margan Sémillon Australia, New South Wales, Hunter Valley
88 points
Floral and lime notes. Good acid here along the length. Sweet fruit initially but it gets sliced through well. Give it more time.
White
2011 Margan Sémillon Australia, New South Wales, Hunter Valley
89 points
Light toast, spice, lemon and honey. Rounding out slightly on the palate. Has good length. Drink from now to 10 years.
White
2015 Margan Chardonnay Australia, New South Wales, Hunter Valley
88 points
Smoky butter and musk. Rounded palate, some richness to the fruit throughout. Decent texture and length to it.
Red
2014 Margan Barbera Australia, New South Wales, Hunter Valley
90 points
Plum, raspberry, spice and earth. Juicy on the palate with plenty of red fruits coming through and a little earthy kick on the finish. Nice drinking style with some interest.
Red
2014 Margan Breaking Ground Tempranillo Graciano Shiraz Australia, New South Wales, Hunter Valley
90 points
Musk, strawberry, plum and a strong tobacco note. Plenty of acidity, tannin and character on the palate, with good fruit punchiness and a line of spice running through it.
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Red
2014 Margan Shiraz Mourvedre Limited Release Australia, New South Wales, Hunter Valley
89 points
Vanilla, earth, meatiness and spice - pretty serious nose here. The palate is more fruit forward, with some tannins kicking in on the back palate but I wish they came forward a little earlier and this would really be very good.
Red
2014 Margan Shiraz Australia, New South Wales, Hunter Valley
88 points
Spice, earth, cranberry and tobacco - not super expressive initially but did open a little in the short time I had it in the glass. Palate is medium bodied, with good balance between the fruit and some more savoury elements.
Red
2011 Margan Shiraz Ripasso Australia, New South Wales, Hunter Valley, Broke Fordwich
90 points
Tar and spice, with cherry and plum. Good intensity, with full fruit and a good spicy savoury note to it that gives it more interest. Good velvety texture that coats the mouth. Very good but out of step price wise.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2012 Margan Sémillon Botrytis Australia, New South Wales, Hunter Valley
85 points
Golden colour. Glue, honey, botrytis and lime. Richer style, there is a swath of sweetness that cloys a little bit but it isn't too bad.
White
2015 Glenguin Sémillon Australia, New South Wales, Hunter Valley
86 points
Herb, musk and chalk. High acidity with light herbal fruit to counter. Not really to my taste on this occasion.
Red
2014 Glenguin Shiraz Stonybroke Australia, New South Wales, Hunter Valley
90 points
Bright lighted nose, some plum, cherry, earth and smoke. Fruit is well restrained on the palate, there is good length and really pleasing flow to the wine.
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Red
2014 Glenguin Shiraz Schoolhouse Block Australia, New South Wales, Hunter Valley, Broke Fordwich
90 points
Tar, oak, spice and blackcurrant. More tannins and structure here than the Stonybroke, while also having some more density to the fruit. I like both wines for their differing styles.
Red
2013 Glenguin Tannat Ironbark Australia, New South Wales, Hunter Valley
89 points
Tar and meat, cherry and earth. Rounded palate, there is sweet fruit and decent acidity. Tannins stick to the gums a little bit. There is interest to the wine and it is one I enjoyed trying.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2014 Glenguin Sémillon Botrytis Australia, New South Wales, Hunter Valley
90 points
Honey, apricot, slate and pear. Nice mild sweetness, with good acidity and lift. Not overly sweet, showing pretty nice restraint I think.
White
2015 Whispering Brook Sémillon Single Vineyard Australia, New South Wales, Hunter Valley
89 points
Floral and musk notes with some herb butter - quite aromatic. Rich on the palate with fruit sweetness and decent acidity to counter. Probably an earlier drinking style.
White
2013 Whispering Brook Sémillon Single Vineyard Australia, New South Wales, Hunter Valley
90 points
Lemon, spice and mango aromas. Rich in style, with the fruit remaining bright. Like the approachability of this while it is so young.
White
2014 Whispering Brook Chardonnay Limited Release Australia, New South Wales, Hunter Valley
88 points
Apple, lime, oak and citrus. Fresh on the palate, the fruit does assert itself but it remains well held back. Could have a bit more depth, but does get the job done.
White
2006 Whispering Brook Chardonnay Limited Release Australia, New South Wales, Hunter Valley
88 points
Cork sealed. Truffle, mandarin and mango. Quite well textured, with rich fruit that is rounding out through the age. The boldness is a little bit old school which I don't mind. Drink now.
Red
2013 Whispering Brook Shiraz Australia, New South Wales, Hunter Valley, Broke Fordwich
88 points
Meat and earth, blackberry and chocolate. The fruit shows up on the palate, with a sweet edge to it. Decent acidity and tannins follow through with the length of the wine. Has some interest.
Red
2014 Whispering Brook Shiraz Australia, New South Wales, Hunter Valley, Broke Fordwich
86 points
Smoke, bacon, herbs and raspberry. The palate is very grippy, with more of that herb note throughout. Not really entirely appealing to me on this day.
Red
2011 Whispering Brook Touriga Nacional Basket Pressed Australia, New South Wales, Hunter Valley
88 points
Chocolate, spice, tar and cherry. Rich mouthfeel, good flow to it. Seems to have good balance, there is alcohol there but the weight of the fruit covers it up for the moment.
Red - Fortified
N.V. Whispering Brook Classic Tawny Port Australia, New South Wales, Hunter Valley, Broke Fordwich
89 points
Woody, spirit and forest floor. Sweet palate, there is good lift from the spirit and there is good drive to the wine. Seems nice.
White - Sparkling
2012 Krinklewood Blanc de Blanc Australia, New South Wales, Hunter Valley, Broke Fordwich
87 points
Musk and lemon. Light flavour intensity, quite fresh and seems well balanced overall.
White
2015 Krinklewood Sémillon Australia, New South Wales, Hunter Valley
88 points
Herb and citrus, lemon and mandarin. Clean on the palate, there is a light rounding of the edges and this is pretty approachable. Not bad at all but maybe a relatively early drinking prospect.
White
2014 Krinklewood Chardonnay Australia, New South Wales, Hunter Valley, Broke Fordwich
90 points
Spice, soapy lemon, musk and lime. The palate is nicely delicate, with good balance and the fruit has a mineral edge to it. Good length.
White
2013 Krinklewood Chardonnay Basket Press Australia, New South Wales, Hunter Valley, Broke Fordwich
91 points
Spice, straw, melon, musk and apple. Good texture here, there is nice depth and mouthfeel as well. Holds on to a good length. Definitely seems enjoyable to drink and has structure as well.
Red
2015 Krinklewood Wild Red Australia, New South Wales, Hunter Valley, Broke Fordwich
88 points
Cherry, raspberry jam, slate and light florals. Rich fruity palate, very drinkable but doesn't have that much else going on.
Red
2014 Krinklewood Shiraz Australia, New South Wales, Hunter Valley, Broke Fordwich
90 points
Cherry, earth, spice, redcurrant and a light herb note. The palate is well balanced, with light and pretty red fruits alongside some spice. Good length and acidity.
Red
2014 Krinklewood Shiraz Basket Press Australia, New South Wales, Hunter Valley, Broke Fordwich
91 points
Cherry, smoke, bright lift from some whole bunch inclusion and a light earth note. There is good grip with the balance feeling very good. Well composed and classy wine, this feels like it is right.
Red
2013 Krinklewood Shiraz Spider Run Australia, New South Wales, Hunter Valley, Broke Fordwich
90 points
Chocolate and tar, there is also tobacco and spice. Grips quite well, with the tannins controlling the flow of the palate. Good acid and texture that works well with the sweet and savoury fruit profile.
Red - Sparkling
2014 Krinklewood Shiraz The Gypsy - Sparkling Shiraz Australia, New South Wales, Hunter Valley, Broke Fordwich
88 points
Lifted cherries, blueberry and plum. Sweet elements to the palate but also has some grip and drive. Medium length.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2013 Krinklewood Lucia Dessert Wine Biodynamic Vineyard Australia, New South Wales, Hunter Valley
86 points
Apricot and mandarin. Sweetness holds on a little longer than the acidity and it feels a little too sweet as a result.
White
2015 Gundog Estate Sémillon The Chase Australia, New South Wales, Hunter Valley
89 points
Lemon, spice, lime and mineral aromas. The fruit is quite light in style, with just a little bit of sweetness poking through. Would do well with some more time in bottle I think.
White
2015 Gundog Estate Sémillon Hunter's Australia, New South Wales, Hunter Valley
89 points
Lime, grass and toast. Slightly richer fruit than the Chase, along with a little more sugar. Nicely drinkable early.
White
2015 Gundog Estate Sémillon Wild Australia, New South Wales, Hunter Valley
87 points
Orange, lemon pith and apple. Fairly soft on the palate, with some residual sugar flavour. I'd like to see some more acidity and texture/grip to give it more spark and interest.
White
2015 Gundog Estate Sémillon Off-Dry Australia, New South Wales, Hunter Valley
88 points
Lime, floral notes, pear and peach. Mild on the palate, with a decent hit of sugar and acid. Persists decently.
Rosé
2016 Gundog Estate Rosé Australia, New South Wales, Southern New South Wales, Canberra District
89 points
Strawberry, cherry, baked apple and a little peppery spice. Palate has a good kick of acidity that cuts through the fruit nicely. Has some texture to it as well. Finishes dry and with medium length.
Red
2015 Gundog Estate Shiraz Hunter's Australia, New South Wales, Hunter Valley, Pokolbin
89 points
Cherry, redcurrant, roses and lifted floral notes. The palate has some brightness through the red fruit but it feels cool and calm throughout. The acidity feels right to me, but I do like higher acid wines.
Red
2014 Gundog Estate Shiraz Rare Game Australia, New South Wales, Hunter Valley
92 points
Spice, meat, ash and earth with some redcurrant as well. Steps up the depth over the Hunter's Shiraz before it. The same acid profile is there, but it definitely feels like it sits within a more complete package. Vibrant and structured, this seems very very good at the moment.
Red
2015 Gundog Estate Shiraz Hilltops No. 1 Australia, New South Wales, Central Ranges
88 points
Violet, lifted cherry and plum on the nose. The palate shows some spice and acidity, with light power but sweet fruit in behind. Flows well.
Red
2015 Gundog Estate Smoking Barrel Red Australia, New South Wales
89 points
High toned violets, ash and earth with a light oak touch. The palate is driven by bright fruit and good acidity. I like the flow and balance, with both elements of the regional blend contributing character.
Red
2015 Gundog Estate Shiraz Australia, New South Wales, Southern New South Wales, Canberra District
90 points
Roses, violet, spicy oak, red cherry and currants. The pretty aromatics carry across to the palate, with good fruit purity and flow, with some grip kicking in across the mid-palate into a good length finish.
Red
2014 Gundog Estate Shiraz Marksman's Australia, New South Wales, Southern New South Wales, Canberra District
89 points
Smoky meat, spice, redcurrant, kirsch and chocolate. Palate is bright, with plenty of fruit richness giving it a mouthfilling profile. Lifts well with the brightness of the fruit and acidity.
Red - Fortified
N.V. Gundog Estate 20 Year Old Tawny Australia, New South Wales, Southern New South Wales, Canberra District
88 points
Sultana, caramel, rancio and brandy. Palate is very nutty and caramel in profile, with the brandy element showing through as well. Nice wine in small amounts.
Red - Sweet/Dessert
N.V. Gundog Estate Muscat Rutherglen Muscat Australia, New South Wales, Hunter Valley
89 points
Caramel, brown sugar, sultana and cherry. Nice level of sweetness here, it feels like the balance is right and the flow is very consistent. Good.
White
2015 Gundog Estate Sémillon Indomitus Albus Australia, New South Wales, Hunter Valley
90 points
Lemon, apple, musk and fairy floss. Lots of grip and texture here, there is good acidity to go with the nicely rich fruit. Still think that this will improve with more time in bottle.
Red
2014 Gundog Estate Shiraz Indomitus Rutilus Australia, New South Wales, Southern New South Wales, Canberra District
91 points
Mint, cherry, pepper, redcurrant and violets. Bright fruit profile, with plenty of spice and texture. Structurally feels very good. Weaker vintage but a very very good wine.
White
2015 Harkham Windarra Winery Sémillon Australia, New South Wales, Hunter Valley
89 points
Strong orange, pear, toast and lime. Plenty of texture and forward flavours on the palate. Acidity is gentle. Earlier drinking style.
White
2015 Harkham Windarra Winery Chardonnay Aziza's Australia, New South Wales, Hunter Valley
90 points
Bubblegum, lemon and mint. Savoury fruit on the palate with good cleansing and bright acidity. Nice length. Has plenty of points of difference and interest.
White
2011 Harkham Windarra Winery Chardonnay Luminous Australia, New South Wales, Hunter Valley
90 points
Mandarin, spice, lemon and ginger. Good texture, spice and good length and flow. Composed and well balanced, drinking well now and over the next couple of years.
Rosé
2015 Harkham Windarra Winery Aziza's Rosé Australia, New South Wales, Hunter Valley
86 points
Cherry and overall light aromatics. Reasonable mineral style, dry but not all that interesting.
Red
2016 Harkham Windarra Winery Shiraz Primeur Australia, New South Wales, Hunter Valley
84 points
Stalk and sappy. Juicy fruit on the palate but short-medium length and ends up feeling a little bit soft.
Red
2014 Harkham Windarra Winery Shiraz Harkhamtage Australia, New South Wales, Hunter Valley
88 points
Violet and earth, some spice, florals and cherry. Full red fruit on the palate, it is quite sweet, with decent length. A little simple but nice.
Red
2011 Harkham Windarra Winery Shiraz Old Vines Australia, New South Wales, Hunter Valley
89 points
Meat, violet and toasty oak. Sweet and savoury fruits mingles well together. Medium intensity and depth. Will show better with a few more years in bottle.
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Red
2014 Harkham Windarra Winery Shiraz Aziza's Australia, New South Wales, Hunter Valley
90 points
Earthy, cherry, spice and rhubarb. Nice texture and length, with well balanced acidity and fruit intensity. Feels like a wine that is really well put together.
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