The morning up here in Hunter Valley was a real eye opener! What a fantastic way to start the day overlooking the valley, eating oysters with the regions amazing Semillon.
I think in the UK Semillon is misunderstood- and certainly drunk way too young. The age ability of these wines is phenomenal – and I was lucky enough to taste the development. With age Semillon develops toasty notes as well as honey and bees wax but it also retains its refreshing acidity. Saying that we tasted Tyrrell’s vat1 2012 which had a beautifully delicate citrusy nose, notes of lemongrass following through on the palate and a searing acidity that matched perfectly with oysters.
Hunter is also known for Shiraz. The Brokenwood Graveyard vines below are some of the most famous of the region. This wine is only made in the best years.
The aim of the winemaker Simon Steele is to make a masculine style of Shiraz with age ability.We were unbelievably lucky to taste the ’07, ’04 and 1999.
The 2007 was still had vibrant fruit, with notes of black cherry and a savoury palate, the 1999 had developed amazing complexity – crushed clove, cigar box and again a savoury element that runs through the wines. It really showed me how if you can keep these wines they become really interesting.