The grapes for this wine were sourced from our sloping and westerly facing “winery block” vineyard in Broke (on Cobcroft road, adjacent to what was the old Saxonvale winery site).
In 2007 the drought really hit the Hunter Valley. Yields were dramatically reduced, producing tiny parcels of exceptional fruit. The hot, dry windy conditions also helped to promote one of Australia’s earliest and worst bushfire seasons. A small percentage of southern vineyards were entirely burnt out and bushfire smoke entirely covered many wine regions in the country’s southeast for an extended period during the ripening process, however the Hunter Valley region managed to escape smoke taint entirely in 2007. Whilst this year presented some challenges, it also became renowned as one of the best vintages the Hunter Valley has seen.
Still quite youthful for its age, this wine has a long way to go with berry fruits, spice, black olives, some dark chocolate and good structure. The flavour profile is well complemented by crisp acid and firm tannins along with beautifully integrated French vanillin oak, which altogether help to craft a long satisfying finish.
Tasting Note: 2007 Reserve Hunter Valley Shiraz