ORI­GINS RE­BORN

The Morning Bulletin - - WEEKEND | TASTE - WINE WORDS WORDS: RE­GAN DREW vi­nonote­book.com

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

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