Estate: Hope Estate was founded by Michael Hope in 1994, with a goal of being able to focus all his time and passion into winemaking. Beginning with 30 acres of vines in Broke in the Hunter Valley, over the years he has been able to obtain unique vineyards throughout Australia, such as 200 acres of the famed red basalt soil at Fordwich. In 2006, Michael purchased the Rothbury Estate, a 420 acre winery in the heart of Pokolbin. Renamed Hope Estate, it has become an icon, symbolizing the best in Hunter. It is a premier destination with an amphitheater that hosts legendary bands, a brewery and restaurant.
Winemaking: The best grapes are selected from the single vineyard Mountain Wash, which lies directly below the Wollemi Mountain range. For millions of years the nutrients from the mountain’s vegetation have been collected in the soils where the vineyard now is. Barrel fermentation with wild yeast using both clarified and unclarified juice, extended lees contact with batonnage applied at intervals. Aging for 10 months in oak “was deemed sufficient to achieve the desired balance”.
Tasting Notes: Gold in colour with aromas of buttery toast and red apple with a squeeze of lemon. Fresh, citrus acidity frames apple, pear, creamy lemon and rich brioche flavours. Ginger, citrus zest and a trace of vanilla linger between each rich, creamy sip. Well balanced, easy drinking and easy to pair with a wide variety of dishes.
Pairing Suggestions from the Winery: Chicken, pasta, almost any dish that is not too spicy or overpowering.
$13 [average price]
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