Glenguin Tasting 6
6 classic Hunter Valley wines to give you a taste of what Glenguin Estate is all about… The Semillon is classic Hunter Valley and the Shiraz may just surprise 🙂
3 x 2018 Glenguin Estate Glenguin Vineyard Semillon
Tropical notes dominate, balanced by natural acidity. This is a classic Hunter Valley Semillon, drinking fresh while young but will reward with careful cellaring.
3 x 2016 Glenguin Estate Stonybroke Shiraz
The Shiraz vines at Glenguin were taken as cuttings from some of the oldest blocks in the Hunter Valley and can be traced back to the original plantings by James Busby at Kirkton in the early 1830s. Those cuttings were taken originally from the hill of Hermitage in France, giving our vines a link to the spiritual home of Syrah.
The 2016 Stonybroke is punctuated by a distinct lack of oak – we only use it sparingly towards the end of fermentation. To give the wine a bit of a tannic kick along a small portion of Tannat grapes are co-fermented with the Shiraz, the resulting wine taking on a deeper colour and complexity, although the palate is red fruits and hallmark Hunter.
Very low yielding vines with all manual labour in the vineyard and viticultural conditions that were as close to perfect as any vintage has been. This wine has the depth, power and concentration that will see it live for twenty to thirty years, and possibly longer – which, for a sub-$30 wine, is virtually unheard of.
“Striking juicy freshness to the array of red and black fruits; while only just medium-bodied, the palate has compelling length and freshness.” 95 points, to 2044, 2017 James Halliday Wine Companion
“It’s a powerful expression of Hunter shiraz but it’s not an over-ripe or over-done one. Everything would indicate that this has a fine future ahead.” 93+ points, to 2032+, Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front
Glenguin Vineyard was first planted in the 1980s with an average vine age now over 25 years and each wine comes from a small individual vineyard block on the property. Organic and biodynamic farming principles are followed at Glenguin where things are still done by hand from planting through vine training to pruning and handpicking at vintage.
The shiraz and semillon vines at Glenguin are directly descended from James Busby’s original planting at Kirkton in the 1820s. They are planted on their own roots on a unique combination of a raised gravel bench for shiraz with sandy loam over red basalt for Semillon.
The name Glenguin comes from the original Scots Gaelic name of the Highland distillery now called “Glengoyne” (since 1909). Robin Tedder, Australia’s 7th
Master of Wine, is the third Baron of Glenguin and grandson of Arthur Tedder the First Baron Marshal of the RAF and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in WW2. Arthur was born on the distillery property in 1890 and the Tedder family continues the association with great drinks through the vineyards at Glenguin in Australia’s oldest wine region, the Hunter Valley.
Glenguin wines have won major Trophies including NSW and Boutique Wine Show Trophies for best white wine plus both Best Red and NSW Wine of the Year at the NSW Wine Awards for shiraz. Production is extremely limited with just a few hundred cases of each of our wines.
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