Dalwood Estate, considered the birthplace of the Hunter Valley, is the longest running commercial vineyard in Australia. The vineyard surrounds Dalwood House, the original 1828 National Trust-listed home of George Wyndham, who planted the shiraz vineyard in the same year. After laying dormant since 2014, it’s been given a new lease on life from the team behind Hungerford Hill and their chief winemaker Bryan Currie.
DALWOOD ESTATE, SEMILLON, 2018
Clean, refined, restrained young Hunter Semillon aromas of lemon, lemongrass and lime hints. Pure expression with subtle citrus fruits and the slightly richer, lightly spiced lemongrass with a crisp long finish. Rating: 9/10 RRP: $27 Alc: 12 per cent
DALWOOD ESTATE, CHARDONNAY, 2017
Hunter Valley chardonnay is often overlooked. This is one for those who like bigger chardonnays. It offers toasty, malty oak with peach stonefruit, pears and ripe melon on a full creamy palate. Match with roast chicken. Rating: 8.5/10 RRP: $35 Alc: 12.5 per cent
DALWOOD ESTATE, SHIRAZ, 2017
Has crisp aromas of baking spices and black pepper over deep plum, raspberry/ boysenberry fruit straps and cabbage rose heart. Dusty, velvet like tannins support a focused palate with a savoury dark fruit edge. Rating: 9/10 RRP: $45 Alc: 14.5 per cent