Hope Estate ‘Wollombi Brook’ Semillon Hunter Valley 2016

 

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: Hunter Valley in renowned for its crisp, citrus driven Semillon, with just a bit more acid then Semillon from Bordeaux. Hand harvested grapes are from the estate’s Wollombi Brook vineyard. Grapes were picked in the cool of night and gently crushed. After cold settling, the juice was cold tank fermented “to maintain crisp, fresh characters”.

Winemaker’s Note: Commonly consumed young, the crisp, classic citrus lime character will develop the renowned nut and toasty notes after about 6 years in the bottle.

Tasting Notes: Gold in colour with inviting aromas of apples, candied ginger, honeysuckle and buttery toast. Lemon, lime and green apple glide over the characteristic waxy texture and fuse with fresh acidity. Citrus zest and minerals linger on the lively, crisp finish. Snappy and clean, lovely on its own or with light dishes. [It was fantastic on a sunny afternoon with fresh homemade buttery popcorn.]

Pairing Suggestion from the Winery: A great match for seafood and light chicken dishes.

100% Semillon
Hunter Valley
Australia
11.5% Alcohol
$14 [average price]
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Sample submitted for editorial consideration.

Hope Estate ‘Mountain Wash’ Chardonnay Hunter Valley 2015

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.

100% Chardonnay
Hunter Valley
Australia
13.5% Alcohol
$13 [average price]
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Sample submitted for editorial consideration.

The Ripper & Basalt Block: A Study in Hope Estate Shiraz

A study in Shiraz; from the same vintage and producer, one ripe and jammy, the other savory and mineral driven. Both are excellent, approachable and tremendous values within Australian Shiraz.

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.

Hope Estate ‘The Ripper’ Shiraz 2014

Winemaking: Grapes are from estate vineyards on the west coast of Australia, in the cool hills of Donnybrook. Aged for 12-15 months in 50% French oak/50% American oak. “The Ripper” is an Australian term for “great”.

Tasting Notes: Deep red-violet in colour, with alluring aromas of chocolate, cherry, plum, allspice and a trace of forest floor. Ripe raspberry, cherry, blackberry, dark chocolate and a hint of grilled pepper are framed by solid tannins and good acidity. Vanilla, toasted oak, earth and black pepper comprise the lengthy, plush finish.

100% Shiraz
14.5% Alcohol
$18 [average price]
Enjoy now thru 2024
Rated 90 points by Wine Enthusiast

Hope Estate ‘Basalt Block’ Shiraz Hunter Valley 2014

Winemaking: A single vineyard wine, grapes came from the ‘Basalt Block’ vineyard located in the Broken Back Mountains in Hunter Valley. The Mountains were formed by volcanic activity, leaving behind red soils rich in basalt. Aged in new and old French hogsheads [slightly larger than a standard barrel, holding between 225-250 Litres] for 13 months.

Tasting Notes: Inky garnet in colour, with engaging, predominately savory aromas of clove, flint minerals, black pepper and cherry. Silky layers of cherry, black cherry, blackberry, red currant and crushed black peppercorn align with fresh acidity and dry, firm tannins. Smoky minerality, black cherry, and toasted oak linger between each velvety sip.

100% Shiraz
13.5% Alcohol
Hunter Valley
$14 [average price]
Rated 88 points and ‘Best Buy’ & ‘Year’s Best Shiraz’ by Wine Enthusiast

 
Samples submitted for editorial consideration.

19 Crimes ‘The Uprising’ Australia 2016

Brand: 19 Crimes is a brand of Treasury Wine Estates, a global wine giant with an international portfolio of over 80 brands of wine, including Rosemount Estate, Penfolds, Beringer, and Stags Leap. Recently 19 Crimes was named ‘Wine Brand of the Year’ by leading US wine industry title Market Watch.

The various wines of 19 Crimes take inspiration from the list of 19 Crimes that were drawn up to assist the overcrowded British prison system and send felons to Australia beginning in 1788. With real mug shots being used on the labels, the wine “celebrates the rules they broke and the culture they built”. ‘The Uprising’ pays homage to Australia’s “Rum Rebellion” where soldiers and citizens united together to overthrow the government. A portion of the wine was aged for 30 days in rum barrels.

Tasting Notes: Inky red-violet in colour with aromas of jammy, dark fruit and cigar box spice. Concentrated blueberry, black cherry, raspberry and black pepper flavours are wrapped in velvety tannins. S’mores like finish, with chocolate, graham cracker and marshmallow smothered in black cherry sauce. Not for the faint of heart [don’t’ forget about the 15% alcohol!] an intense dessert in a glass.

50% Shiraz, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Grenache
Australia
Produced and Bottled by 19 Crimes
15% Alcohol
$10
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19 Crimes ‘The Banished’ Dark Red 2016

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Brand: 19 Crimes is a brand of Treasury Wine Estates, a global wine giant with an international portfolio of over 80 brands of wine, including Rosemount Estate, Penfolds, Beringer, and Stags Leap. The wine takes its inspiration from the list of 19 Crimes that were drawn up to assist the overcrowded British prison system and send felons to Australia beginning in 1788. With real mug shots being used on the labels, the wine “celebrates the rules they broke and the culture they built”. Winemaker Paul Dahlenburg uses “careful tendering and a simple touch” to craft the 19 Crimes wines, as he believes “big, bold reds” naturally occur in the Victoria region of southeastern Australia.

Just as with it’s other 19 Crimes siblings, each cork is printed with one of the 19 Crimes; it’s a fun activity to see how many different crimes you can collect. Over the past year or so I have acquired a few, my favourites being: #5. Impersonating an Egyptian, #7. Setting Fire to Underwood and #17. Watermen Carrying Too Many Passengers on the Thames, if Any Drowned.

Winemaking: Aged in 100% American Oak.

Tasting Notes: Inky violet in colour with powerful aromas of vanilla, oak, grape jam and hints of baking spice. Concentrated dark fruit flavours are enveloped with sweet vanilla and oak in the full, syrupy body. Baking spice, dark chocolate, vanilla and hints of dark fruit comprise the lengthy, plush finish.

Blend of Shiraz, Grenache & Cabernet Sauvignon [Varietal percentages not available.]
Australia
Imported and Bottled by TWE Imports
13.5% Alcohol
$8
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