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.
The Michael Hope Signature Series was created for “exceptional wines from exceptional vintages”. 2007 was known as a stunning year in the Hunter Valley. A lengthy drought coupled with a mild growing season resulted in low yields with concentrated flavours for the Semillon grapes. The wine was impressive upon release, with classic citrus and mineral notes, however Michael knew it would continue to develop into the buttery toast and lanolin flavours aged Semillon is known for.
Tasting Notes: Deep gold in colour, very aromatic with lemon, apricot, lanolin, hay, buttery toast and a fresh herbaceous streak. Lemon, lime, buttery toast, honey, ginger and a trace of saline minerality are framed by fresh acidity. Smoky minerality, summer herbs and bright citrus linger between each silky sip. Lush, creamy and bright, fantastic now or even with more years in the cellar.
$25 [average price]
Enjoy now thru 2024
Sample submitted for editorial consideration.