March 2016

NEW RELEASES

2014 Cabernets & 2015 Chardonnay

 

The 2014 Hunter Valley harvest was proclaimed by many as the best since the great 1965 vintage.  In 2014, all the planets aligned for the Hunter, with near-perfect conditions in the growing and harvest period.  There's been much anticipation about this release and, as such, I expect a very strong response given we have received many enquiries as to when the 2014 Red will be available.

Likewise, the Chardonnay has been very highly sought in recent years, such that last year, the Chardonnay sold out in a matter of weeks.  Knowing the quantities that are already pre-sold to A-List Members (those who have commited to taking an annual standing order), I expect the Chardonnay will sell very quickly again, this year.  On the upside, we're planting more Chardonnay vines to keep up with increasing demand!  Tasting notes for the new releases follow.

2015 CHARDONNAY          94 / 100

Golden straw in colour.  Lifted perfumed aromas of white peach and some lightly charred oak.  Bready, yeasty aromas from the extended lees contact in French oak.  On the palate, white peach fruit dominates;  it is creamy, seamless and well-rounded.  This wine can be enjoyed right now or allowed to develop complexity, with proper cellaring, for up to ten years.

2014 CABERNETS             96 / 100

Magnificent nose of ripe black fruits - especially blackberry.  Hints of Christmas cake, dark fruits with subtle hints of violets (from the Petit Verdot) and cedar (from the Cabernet fruit - not the oak!).  The palate is elegant with restrained power - this is a classy wine - stylish, long palate, seamless with lovely structure and balance.  It will age for a long period and be one of the great vintages in years to come, I have little doubt.

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I'm very pleased with both of these new releases, and hope you enjoy them also.

Cheers

 
Rodney Kempe
Winemaker

 

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