Planted in the early 19th century, Hunter Valley wine region is renowned world-over for producing some award-winning wines. Semillon is widely considered the iconic wine of the region but it also produces wine from a variety of grapes including Shiraz, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Verdelho. David Hook is one of the most well known Hunter Valley wineries and is famous for its wines that are appreciated by wine lovers across the globe.
During the early 1980s David Hook, founder of David Hook Wines, planted Pothana vineyard. He picked out sites on the estate that showed potential for the growth of high – quality grapes with unique styles and elements. Over time, the winery progressed and began production of wines portraying great flavours and bright hues. The experience gained over the years has helped the owners succeed in crafting wines with outstanding varietal and regional characteristics that aptly reflect their vintage and origin.
Here’s a list of the must-try David Hook wines:
2019 Old Vines Semillon
The bright lime green colour beauty, reminiscent of Japanese Yuzu fruit, combines the intensely fragrant notes of lemon and grapefruit. The rich citrus fruit flavours are complemented by a grassy herbaceous lift of Kaffir Lime. The palate is long with a soft lingering aftertaste and a crisp mouth-watering lemon acid finish.
2016 Old Vines Shiraz
This wine is produced from grapes grown at Pothana Vineyard on clay with limestone subsoils. The wine features bright ruby hues with a touch of purple. On the nose, it exudes subtle aromas of spice, pepper and savoury oak. The palate delivers the classic hunter hints of leather, pepper, vanilla and blackberries.
This wine is produced from 36-year-old Semillon vines growing on the renown sandy loams of Belford. In a glass, it flaunts a bright medium green colour with yellow and gold tinges. The nose offers a sweet aroma of apple and elderflower with a touch of spice and flint. The wine is well balanced between fruitiness and acidity. The flavour is distinctive, complex, crisp and lively.
2019 Old Vines Chardonnay
In a glass, this Chard reveals a pale gold colour with youthful green tinges. The aroma is intense with a complex bouquet of citrus and peach fruit characters. Barrel fermentation adds charred oak and cashew nut to the nose and palate. The flavours of stone fruit and lemon zest are sustained with fresh acid and toasty oak in a rich well-structured wine.
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