I had the VERY fortunate experience of heading to a trade and media tasting of award-winning Hunter Valley wines last week, and WOW they are amazing.
Among the tastes to savour, there were many 2014 Shiraz on offer – such as the Pepper Tree and the Brokenwood Kats & Dogs Shiraz, and the 2015 Semillons from wineries such as McLeish, First Creek and Brian Ridge would be AMAZING this summer (all coming out in the next few weeks at the cellar door). And, I’ve never had “Vermentino” before, but wow, lovely variety that, like Temperanillo (Thanks to Audrey Wilkinson) works well in the heat of the Hunter.
I am so keen to head up to McLeish, Tyrell’s and Bimbadgen to reconnect with the winemakers who enlightened me so much on the night, and to of course try more of their wares with a friend!
Hunter Valley Uncorked
If you’re in Sydney this weekend, try to get out to Hunter Valley Uncorked at Balmoral Beach Esplanade, Mosman.
You can immerse yourself in the Hunter Valley way of life and unearth the tastes, sights and stories of the beautiful wine soaked haven. wander through the myriad of stalls and sample gourmet delights, or just sit back in the sunshine and enjoy the free entertainment amongst a exquisite fusion of wine, food and good company. Indulge in a delectable ‘picnic lunch plate’ by Hunter Valley restaurants from $15 per plate. Fresh lemonade, coffee and gelato are also available.
A $10 souvenir wine glass is your key to enjoying wine at the event. Or own your very own piece of specialist glassware, a signature Hunter Valley Riedel wine glass, for only $15 available exclusively to event visitors. Entry is free!
FREE SHUTTLE BUSES operating approximately every 15 minutes from Mosman and Spit Junction to Balmoral Beach during the hours of the event (11am-5pm, last drinks 4:45pm)
The wineries on show are:
Allandale Wines, Bimbadgen Wines, Briar Ridge Wines, Brokenwood Wines, De Iuliis Wines, Eagles Rest Wines, First Creek Wines, Glandore Estate, Hungerford Hill Wines, James Estate Wines, McLeish Estate Wines, Mount Pleasant, Oakvale Wines, Pepper Tree Wines, Peterson House, Ridge View, Saddler’s Creek Wines, Tallavera Grove, Tulloch Wines, Tyrrells Wines, Wynwood Estate. Yum!
We used a Groupon deal (still available as of writing this) to go to Inner City Winemakers in Wickham for a (private, because there was noone else there and it was cold and miserable outside) wine tasting that came with cheese and a couple of discounted bottles to take home (and are sitting waiting for an excuse to drink them, like, you know, I get a job or something!)
We went through the progression from sparking, to white, red and then finished with a WONDERFUL Tokay (grapes from Rutherglen, which I’ve decided is a MUST for an Australian Tokay) straight from the barrel that I will be purchasing for Christmas.
Some wonderful wines, with the reds made onsite, the whites in the Hunter, from grapes sources from the Hunter, Orange and New England (Tenterfield!)
The Street Art Series wines are both wonderfully full of flavour and have such delightful labels – again, great gifts for fathers day or Christmas!
We went home with the Cabernet Merlot and the Sangiovese Shiraz, though if finances allowed there would have been a bubbly and a Tokay in there!!
Inner City Winemakers
28 Church Street
Wickham, NSW 2293
Phone: 02 4962 3545