Mushroom Risotto Recipe

We love this classic Italian dish, as it goes very well with our Italian varietals.
For our recipe, we use arborio rice, but carnaroli works just as well. These short-grained rice
varieties can absorb a lot of liquid without becoming soggy.

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Roast Duck with Balsamic Recipe

It’s easy to roast duck in a sticky-sweet glaze of balsamic vinegar, honey and freshly squeezed lemon juice. But an even simpler way to enjoy roast duck with crispy golden skin is to roast the duck in the oven and then serve it with a drizzle of good-quality balsamic vinegar. You can also reserve the […]

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Old Vine Wine

We have recently done an aged released our 2016 vintage of the David Hook Old Vines Shiraz, and it got me thinking about old vines and why they’re so special. Australians are lucky to have access to some of the best old vines in the world, but the term itself can be a bit ambiguous. As there are no official regulations for the use of the term on wine labels, I wanted to take a moment to discuss old vines and why I love old vine wine.

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How Climate Affects Wine

Climate has played an important role for vignerons throughout the history of winemaking. In this article, David Hook discusses the differences between warm and cool climate regions and how these are expressed through wine, using his two new special release Pinot Noirs as examples.

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Best Places to Stay and Eat in The Hunter Valley

The Hunter Valley is Australia’s oldest wine region, and a host of contemporary restaurants and luxurious new accommodation options mean you can explore this iconic NSW wine-country in style. Here is our guide to the best places to stay and eat on your next getaway to wine country.

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All About Nebbiolo

What is Nebbiolo? Nebbiolo is one of the world’s oldest and most distinguished grape varieties. It has been described as Italy’s most revered wine grape, is responsible for some of their finest wines – Barolo and Barbaresco. Wines made from the Nebbiolo grape can be profoundly complex and hauntingly beautiful. Nebbiolo is referred to as […]

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Sicilian Sardine Recipe

Ingredients 1 large red onion, thinly sliced 1 tsp sea salt 1 tsp sugar Juice of 1/2 lemon 12 sardines, cleaned, butterflied 1 tbs olive oil white pepper Baby rocket and shaved parmesan, to serve   Dressing 2 tbs red wine vinegar ¼ cup (60ml) extra virgin olive oil 3 tbs toasted pine nuts 2 […]

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All about Barbera

The Italian red grape varietal Barbera has a fascinating history. Originating in Northern Italy, in the Piedmont region it is Italy’s third most planted grape. It’s thought that the origins may go as far back as the 7th century. What does Barbera taste like? Well, it often depends on the region and the style. The […]

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2020 Autumn Newsletter

Seasonal conditions for the 2019-2020 growing season were perhaps the most challenging we have faced. To say it was challenging was probably an underestimate, but we’re relieved 2020 vintage is finished and pleased with the results. We’re in the fortunate position of owning our own vineyards and were able to make the quick decision to […]

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2019 Spring Newsletter

Spring “Vintage Membership" Pack

Unfortunately, I could copy and paste the previous year’s seasonal conditions to describe the last 12 months. We have experienced another extremely hot dry 12 months. The Valley is now in a severe drought and all our dams are virtually empty,  conditions are the driest we can remember. The forecast is for continuing dry conditions […]

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