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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 in Spring, the only hope is that there may be a chance of a break in the Summer. So once again we are looking at reduced yields of high- quality fruit.

Your Spring Pack features 4 wines from 2018 Vintage, 2 from 2019 Vintage, both Vintages producing quality wines.

We have included a Pinot Grigio and a Pinot Gris to compare and contrast. The first wine is our perennial favourite the 2019 Pinot Grigio. The Pinot Grigio is from our Hunter Valley vineyards, picked in early January to ensure a lively citrus style the wine was bottled after a short maturation in tank on light lees to retain a youthful brightness.A fresh early drinking style, the wine was awarded a Silver Medal at last week's NSW Small Winemakers Show. The 2018 Central Ranges Pinot Gris was grown on Mount Conobolas at Orange. The cooler climate allows for slow ripening and maximum flavour while retaining acidity. The grapes were whole bunched pressed, and the juice was barrel fermented, the wine stored on lees for six months prior to bottling. The resulting wine is rich and complex with ripe Gris flavours a great accompaniment to the evening plate of pasta.
The two 2018 Chardonnays in this pack also represent slightly contrasting styles. Both wines from our Pothana Vineyards at Belford. The 2018 Reserve Chardonnay is a lightly oaked fresh fruit driven style to be enjoyed when young and lively. The 2018 Old Vines Chardonnay harvested a week later when slightly riper and full flavoured was barrel fermented in French oak Puncheons one third being new. The wine was aged for 6 months on lees the toasty oak adding char and vanilla flavours to a rich structured style. While already drinking beautifully now a couple of years in the cellar would result in a more fully integrated style. This is my favourite wine in your pack.
The 2018 Vermentino  from the Central Ranges and was described by Huon Hooke in the Real Review:
    "Light yellow in colour with a nutty, spiced bouquet, which suggests a little oak influence and perhaps some aromatic yeast influence. There's a touch of almost marzipan, which continues throughout the palate-which is rich and deep, perhaps not totally bone-dry, but intense and impactful, thanks in part to a substantial phenolic grip. A dry white wine with backbone to handle stronger foods. It's quite delicious. 91 Points
Hot dry years in the Hunter Valley often produce wines with a generosity of fruit not usually expected in young Semillons. The 2019 Old Vines Semillon is such a wine with intense lemon zest fruit characters, concentrated flavours and slightly gently acid creates an attractive early drinking style.

 

If you are heading to the Hunter please call ahead to book a tasting and remember there is no tasting charge for you. We love showing you our range and discussing our new and aged releases.

Many visitors to our cellar often drop by on your recommendation and we do appreciate that so many of you are happy to spread the word.

Budburst and Spring are not far away and there is a buzz about as we commence the new season, so we hope to see you at our cellar soon to renew acquaintances and suggest some wines to top up your cellar.

To update any of your details  including credit card, please log in to your account .

While you are there pick up your favourite wines and use COUPON1234 for free cartage on your next order. (Valid to the end of September)

Enjoy your Spring Vintage Membership Pack.

Happy Drinking

David Hook

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2019 Autumn Newsletter

The cool weather has finally arrived. It's time to for your Autumn “Vintage Membership" Pack.

The last week has been busy organising the harvest of the final vineyards for 2019.Trying to leave the grapes to ripen as long as possible in the beautiful autumn conditions, while organising picking just before the approaching wet weather and cooler conditions can be a little stressful. However our last grapes arrived on Friday in excellent condition. Pinot Noir from Orange and Nebbiolo from Hilltops, possibly the best Nebbiolo grapes we have grown.Concluding yet again another particularly hot dry but successful vintage.

So now it is time to open the shed and send out your Autum Vintage Packs

The youngster in your pack is the 2018 Shiraz. This wine although young is still quite soft and elegant with beautiful friut reflecting what a great vintage 2018 was, and a exciting preview of the wines to come.

The two italian varietals are the 2017 Central Ranges Barbera and the 2017 Reserve Hunter Valley Sangiovese. The Barbera are most popular and highly acclaimed wine is a little more medium bodied this year with bright red cherry frui and a crunchy acidity. Good drinking and great with winter pasta meals. The Sangiovese is not dissimilar with fresh cherry aromas with a softer and savoury palate, and that slight earthiness,a character of all good Hunter red wines.

The 2017 Westcourt Lane Cabernet is our first individual vinyard Cabernet wine.From old unirragated vines  grown at Mudgee a district renowned for its Cabernet's. This wine has ripe fruit and a rich full bodied palate, an ideal accompaniment to hearty winter casseroles.

We have included the new bottling of the Dickies Blend. Now quite tawny in colour, reflecting the age of the wines in the cellar we are using for this blend.The wine has some lovely rancio characters with a lift of sweet raisin fruit. A wine to be enjoyed over the coming cooler evenings.

The final wine is the popular Sparkling Rose, made entire from Sangiovese it has fresh cherry fruit aromas and a savoury finish this is the perfect Autumn Sunday lunch wine. To be enjoyed chilled while relaxing in the afternoon, the hot dry summer a distant memory.

We have finally had some rain to help settle the dust. The valley is once again looking soft and green. Its the perfect time to visit and to relax and forget about the politics and election.A tasting at the cellar seems to be just the antidote needed for time out from busy schedules.

If you are heading to the Hunter please call ahead to book a tasting and remember there is no tasting charge for you . We love showing you our range and discussing our new and aged releases.

Many visitors to our cellar often drop by on your recommendation and we do appreciate that so many of you are happy to spread the word.

We hope to see you at our cellar soon to renew acquaintances and suggest some wines to top up your cellar.

To update any of your details  including credit card, please log in to your account .

Enjoy your Autumn Vintage Membership Pack.

Happy Drinking

David Hook


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2018 Spring Newsletter

It’s almost Budburst  again and that means time to release your Spring “Vintage Membership" Pack.

We are continuing to experience dry conditions and the entire valley and most of NSW is drought affected. We have been watering our vines during the dormant winter months to maintain soil moisture and are now looking for a few showers of rain to freshen the vineyard before budburst. The forecast is unfortunately for dry conditions, looks like we are in for another dry summer, which will result in reduced yields of high quality of grapes , similar to the previous two years.
Your Spring Pack features 3 wines from 2018, 2 from 2017 and one wine from our cellar. The first wine is our perennial favourites the 2018 Pinot Grigio. Described by Toni Paterson in the "Real Review" as bright and lively with citrus and lemongrass nuances. Medium flavour intensity, clean, youthful and bright. Exactly the wine we endeavour to make. As well as being a medal winner at the recent Hunter Valley Wine Show.
To compare we have included the 2017 Central Ranges Pinot Gris. A richer more elegant and complex wine, the perfect accompaniment to your evening pasta.
As well from the Central Ranges is the 2018 Riesling, fresh fragrant with a mouth watering dry finish. This wine was awarded a silver medal last week at the NSW Small Winemakers Show.

A wine simply to be enjoyed is the 2017 Vermentino. Fresh clearly defined with the perfume of apple and pear, with tongue coating fruit and salt which seem to combine with a touch of bitter almond on the finish.
From our cellar the beautifully layered 2015 De Novo Bianco. Still with fresh fruit aromas and a richly textured palate.
The 2018 Reserve Chardonnay comes from the vineyard adjacent to the OLD VINES and is now 25 years old itself. The wine is lightly oaked with fresh citric and white peach flavours. A great wine to accompany those beautiful Spring vegetable dishes. 

We have experienced a mild Autumn and dry Winter and our cellar team have enjoyed seeing many of you in the past months. The Hunter continues to thrive as a popular destination and a relaxing tasting at the cellar seems to be just the antidote needed for time out from busy schedules.

If you are heading to the Hunter please call ahead to book a tasting and remember there is no tasting charge for you . We love showing you our range and discussing our new and aged releases.

Many visitors to our cellar often drop by on your recommendation and we do appreciate that so many of you are happy to spread the word.

Budburst and Spring are not far away and there is a buzz about as we commence the new season, so we hope to see you at our cellar soon to renew acquaintances and suggest some wines to top up your cellar.

To update any of your details  including credit card, please log in to your account .

While you are there pick up your favourite wines and use COUPON1234 for free cartage on your next order.

Enjoy your Spring Vintage Membership Pack.

Happy Drinking

David Hook

2018 Autumn "Vintage Membership" Newsletter.

As we celebrate the arrival of the last bin of grapes at the winery today, it brings to and end a succsesful 2018 Vintage. Hot dry conditions prevailed throughout the growing season in all vineyards, resulting in slightly reduced yields, however excellent quality.

So with Vintage almost over it is now time to get out some new wines for you to enjoy this Autumn.

As you will be aware their has been some small changes to our wine club and it is now called the Vintage Membership. Whilst the name has changed, the essence has not. Our Vintage Membership gives you the opportunity to enjoy a wide selection of wines from our portfolio and we have stepped up our offering to make sure you continue to enjoy the best of the range delivered convenietly to your door.

The 2017 David Hook shiraz in your pack is the first 2017 red wine we have  released. Many local winemakers are now talking about the the 2017 red wines being comparable to the the famed 2014 vintage. This wine is bright fresh elegant and already drinkig exceptional well. The perfect wine to get you through the week, a taste of what to come of in the 2017 Old Vines Shiraz.

The 2015 Central Ranges Pinot Noir comes from a vineyard with well drained red basalt and clay based loam soils located on the sheltered north slopes of Orange's Mount Canobolas, at an elevation of 900m. It is made from a combination of three clones of Pinot Noir has charming fruit, lively and reminiscent of a good French Village burgundy.

We have included a little treat in this pack. This is the aged release 2014 Molly Morgan Barbera a small individual vineyard wine from the famed 2014 vintage. When I saw this fuit come into the winery I new it would make a great wine and after a few years in the cellar it is ready to be enjoyed. If you enjoy this wine dont forget we still have available the 2011 Central Ranges Barbera for you to try as well.

The "Italians" complete the pack, from  excellent grapes produced in almost perfect weather conditions of 2016 experienced in the Central Ranges. The 2016 Central Ranges Sangiovese has bright crisp cherry fruit and is a lively early drinkig wine.2016 Central Ranges Barbera slightly fuller with its ripper fruit characters and distintive acidity.Finally, the 2016 Central Ranges Nebbiolo with its beautiful rose aromas and light tannins.

I hope you enjoy the wines , I believe this is one of our finest packs  with diversity of style and quality of wine.

We have had some lovely rain in the last month, The Valley is looking green and beautiful and a little cooler. Its a great time to visit the cellar, try or other new releases and pick up a selection for those winter evenings.

Cheers

David

 

 

 

 

2017 Autumn "Cast Off" Newsletter

We are very excited to present our Autumn "Cast Off" packs to our members, inclusive of which are five delicious reds from our 2015 vintage and our new 2016 Sparkling Rose.

Well that was a hot Vintage in the Hunter Valley… really unlike anything we have experience in the past few years and we are so incredibly excited that the results will be in the form of some of our best wines yet!

While the warmer days are still lingering, we encourage you to enjoy the first of the wines we offer in our Autumn “Cast Off” pack, our 2016 Sparkling Rose.

the last two years thin wine has proven to be wildly popular and even to have sold out. The 2016 vintage grapes were handpicked on the 31st of January and were whole bunch pressed. This sparkling is a deep salmon pink colour and boasts a delicate effervescence. Made from Sangiovese and Pinot Noir the nose delivers fresh strawberry and red currant perfume with a citrus blossom on the finish.

The second addition to the “Cast Off” pack is our 2015 Sangiovese, these grapes were grown in Orange, NSW from vines that are over a quarter of a century old. Wines made in this Italian variety are traditionally elegant and forceful and this particular wine is no different. It releases aromas of fresh cherry typical of the variety and the palate is balanced with a clean acid followed by a light tannin finish.

Our third offering is a wine that really whets my interest in your “Cast Off” pack, our 2015 De Novo Rosso. This wine is a blend of Barbera, Sangiovese and Nebbiolo, with the Nebbiolo providing slightly greater proportion of the blend. Bright cerise in colour, it’s fresh fragrant cherry aromas accompanies a medium bodied palate with a pleasant touch of acidity and a clean finish. Equally enjoyable at room temperature or slightly chilled on a warmer Autumn’s afternoon.

Your fourth wine is a GOLD medallist in the NSW Small Winemakers Show and a SILVER in the AAVWS (Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show), our always popular 2015 Barbera. Grown in the cool climate of the Central Ranges (Specifically on Mount Canobolis in Orange) our Barbera was harvested in mid March 2015. Deep in crimson colour with fragrant cherry and prune aromas, it is coupled with savoury flavours that dominate a medium bodied palate, finishing with a firm acidity followed by fine soft tannins, which is very characteristic of this variety. This is truly one of our benchmark wines and such a versatile wine with almost any style of meal.

Our 2015 Pinot Noir was grown in red loam soils over limestone on a steep north facing slope of Mount Canobolas at an elevation of 1000m. This cool temperature site has produced a wine of elegance structure and is your fifth wine in the “Cast Off” pack. For this wine we layered whole and crushed fruit into traditional open vats for fermentation. After fermentation this wine was stored in French barrels for 12 months and then lightly fined and filtered before bottling. What eventuated is a wine that is cherry red in colour with purple hues. It has a spicy aroma with delicious forest floor overtones. The palate has fresh cherry flavour, an earthy background, light tannins and easy acids finish, leading in this to be a very approachable wine to drink now or even cellar for two – four years.

The 2015 Hunter Valley Shiraz is the final wine in your pack,  this Shiraz is a medium bodied wine showing red berries, spicy fruit and soft mild tannins. This wines has the ability to age more than its constitution might suggest. This wine is deep red in colour with purple tinges, it’s aroma is subjugated by sweet berry and spice. The medium bodied palate showing fruit richness with peppery undertones. The finish is long soft supported by fine tannins. While you can enjoy this Shiraz now, should you have solid cellaring conditions holding this wine back for a few years will prove a good investment in time.

So there you have it, your Autumn "Cast Off’. We feel these six are a perfect balance to bid goodbye to Summer while we head, glass in hand, into our cooler months.

Happy Drinking.

David Hook

Wine Maker

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