Hunter Valley, Barossa Valley

Internationally, Hunter Valley is one of Australia’s two most well known wine regions, alongside Barossa Valley in South Australia. Located about a two hour drive north of Sydney, the region is very popular for weekend escapes from the city of Sydney.

Hunter Valley’s climate includes regular droughts or floods, seemingly less than desirable conditions to grow grapes, with the hot, humid summers and cool winters. Nevertheless, the region has been under cultivation since the 1800’s and is responsible for putting Australian wine, in particular Sémillon and to a lesser extent Shiraz, on the world wine map. Winemaking pioneers such as Bruce Tyrrell (Tyrrell's Wines) and Len Evans helped the region gain worldwide recognition.

The famous Hunter valley Sémillon was for many years known as ‘Hunter Valley Riesling’ and is never matured in oak. It is however one of the most ageworthy whites in the country with bottles showing an inordinate ability to age gracefully. Bottle-aged Sémillons will often exhibit burnt toast and honey characteristics, slight nutty notes and supremely complex flavours on the palate. This palate complexity is coupled with soft acidity and the finish can be very long indeed.
The Barossa Valley is about an hour and a half drive to the North of Adelaide, in South Australia and is the oldest wine region in the country, founded by German settlers. The region can be credited with putting Australian wine on the world wine map, thanks to Shiraz, which thrives in the warm climate (though Hunter Valley Semillon also contributed.)

For many years traditionalist wine makers thought the grape variety was best suited to the cooler climates of the Rhône Valley and that the variety would cook and in the warmth of the Australian sun. Although South Australian Shiraz is a bigger, beefier wine than its southern French counterpart Syrah, no one can deny the regions propensity to produce world class wines.

Not only Shiraz is cultivated in Barossa Valley, with other red varieties such as Grenache, Mourvedre (Mataro) and to a lesser extent Sauvignon. The white varieties that thrive best seem to be Semillon, Chardonnay and Rhone varietals like Viognier, Marsanne and Roussane.

The Valley has many subregions which all have unique terroirs. Seppeltsfield, Marananga, Greenock are to name but a few. With a huge number of wineries in such a small area, and a host of accommodation, the region is very popular for wine-tourism. In the words of Master of Wine Jancis Robinson, the Barossa Valley became "Australia's quintessential wine region."
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  1. Tyrrell'S 'Old Winery' Chardonnay 2021
    Tyrrell's Old Winery range is named after its historic winery in the Hunter Valley, built in 1863 for the first vintage in 1864. Medium bodied with a generously flavoured palate leaning toward a white peach/citrus flavour spectrum and a clean, crisp ... Learn More
  2. Tyrrell'S 'Old Winery' Verdelho 2021
    Serve slightly chilled. This wine is very compatible with most styles of foods. Fresh and lively pineapple, with an intense sweet tropical nose with lifted spice aromas. Rich tropical fruit and honey flavours fill the palate and are complemented by ... Learn More
  3. Hero of Zero Blanc de Blancs NV
    Summary: The Hero of Zero wines are hand-crafted from the best quality fruit sourced from premium vineyards across South Australia, including McLaren Vale and the Barossa. With meticulous handling in the vineyard and winery, the pristine fruit will have less ... Learn More
  4. Thorn Clarke 'Sandpiper' Merlot 2018
    12 months in tight grain French and American oak. The nose has primarily lifted strawberry and plum fruit characters. Medium-bodied with an abundance of the primary characters carried through from the nose of plum and strawberry there is also a presence ... Learn More
  5. Thorn Clarke 'Sandpiper' Shiraz 2018
    Great quality at a great price! Sultry blackberry, plum and a subtle smoked meat character on the nose. A medium to full bodied wine with a silky tannin backbone, a hint of spice and a grainy tannin finish. Throughout the ... Learn More
  6. Mojo 'Full Colour' Shiraz 2019
    We couldn't believe it. We couldn't go past it. A second opportunity to make a killer shiraz from one of the oldest and yet still exciting regions in the country - the Barossa Valley. When it's gone, it's gone folks; ... Learn More
  7. Woods Crampton 'Pedro' Gsm 2020
    45% Grenache, 30% Shiraz, 25% Mataro. Pedro was inspired by the light and bright “lunchtime” wines found in bistro’s throughout the Rhone Valley. Surprisingly dark in colour with the wild expression only no sulphur wines can give – all red fruits, lifted forest ... Learn More
  8. Tyrrell's Hunter Valley Semillon 2022
    Sourced from a small selection of some of our top Semillon vineyards around the Hunter Valley. Most of the vineyards are dry grown and have an average vine age of 40 years. The grapes were machine harvested at cool temperatures in ... Learn More
  9. Tyrrell's Hunter Valley Chardonnay 2021
    The ‘baby brother’ to the famous Vat 47 Chardonnay. Excellent drinking on release and will develop in complexity with short term bottle age. A citrus nose with a slight hint of oak. A weighted palate that is generous and has the ... Learn More
  10. De Iuliis Estate Chardonnay 2020
    Mouth filling and elegant, this hand crafted wine is a great example of a modern Hunter Chardonnay. The rich fruit palate with peach, melon and almond flavours is balanced by the creamy texture from French Oak treatment A rich fruit ... Learn More
  11. Woods Crampton Barossa Valley Shiraz 2021
    The Woods Crampton reds have become synonymous with great value drinking and the newly released 2021 Woods Crampton Barossa Valley Shiraz is no exception. The nose is bright and expressive with aromas of dark berries, ripe blood plans and exotic spice. ... Learn More
  12. Pirathon 'Blue' Barossa Shiraz 2020
    The grapes were harvested from the low-yielding vineyards of traditional family growers in the north-western Barossa districts of Greenock, Moppa, Belvedere, Koonunga and Ebenezer. Each vineyard adds its own exclusive dimension to Pirathon Shiraz and combined they produce the ultimate ... Learn More
  13. De Iuliis Estate Verdhelho 2020
    Superb vintage growing conditions in 2019 led to the production of this outstanding Verdelho. Full of rich, tropical characters of pineappple and passionfruit, this wine makes on excellent accompaniment to Asian style dishes, as well as seafood or pasta. ... Learn More
  14. Little Giants Cabernet 2020
    The southern hairy-nose wombat is small than other wombat but is stocky, robust and the proud state emblem of South Australia. Like the might of the little wombat, Little Giant iis crafted from premium regional fruit from established vineyards that ... Learn More
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    Sam Kim
  15. De Iuliis Late Picked Sem 2021 (500ml)
    The De Iuliis Semillon white wines are known for being amongst the best Semillons on offer in the Hunter Valley. This irresistible luscious dessert wine has concentrated flavours of honey / marmalade, dried apricots and peaches. Its silky mouth feel, light ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
  16. Torzi Matthews 'Schist Rock' Shiraz 2020
    Dom Torzi calls this wine the 'Son of Frost Dodger' as it shares the same fruit as the Torzi Matthews Frost Dodger Shiraz, and is matured in ex Frost Dodger barrels. The nose is all fruitcake, blackberry, cola and a ... Learn More
  17. Head Wines Head Red Montepulciano 2020
    This is one of those perfect 'BBQ reds' that's built for easy drinking. It's a wine that winemaker Alex Head wants to change people's ideas about what the Barossa is all about. This takes the lusciousness of Barossa and meshes ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
  18. Cirillo The Vincent Grenache 2020
    “The Vincent is a thank you to my father who has passed eight generations of Italian winemaking and grape growing knowledge down to the ninth”. This Grenache is produced from two 100+ year old vineyards from the renowned Barossa Valley. The ... Learn More
  19. Bimbadgen Hunter Valley Cuvee NV
    A new wine in the Sparkling range. The chance to blend Hunter Semillon with Chardonnay in a sparkling wine is one not to be passed up. Semillon brings lively freshness and drive, with chardonnay creating a textural and drinkability to ... Learn More
  20. Dutschke Uncle Shiraz Cabernet Merlot 2017
    Sourced from the premium St Jakobi vineyard, The 2017 Uncle is a mix of Shiraz (57%), Cabernet (37%) and Merlot (6%). These three grape varieties come together to provide a round, soft, red berry fruit palate with fine oak and fruit tannin support. Having ... Learn More
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  21. Head Wines 'Heart & Home' Barossa Dry Red 2020
    Cabernet Shiraz blends have not been the flavour of the month, the year, or even the past decade, but they are the backbone of the traditional Australian dry red. Alex Head has gone into his Tardis and come up with ... Learn More
  22. De Iuliis Estate Rose 2021
    If there's anything Mike De Iuliis loves more than a cold beer after a long day during harvest, it's a cool glass of dry, refreshing Rosé. This vintage of De Iuliis Rosé is made from Sangiovese and Merlot fruit - ... Learn More
  23. Seppelt Barossa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
    Seppelt Great Western achieved much of its early fame from the variety known as Irvine's white (otherwise known as Ondenc) and small plantings still remain today. However the Great Western region has also forged a long and successful association with ... Learn More
  24. Pirathon 'Silver' Barossa Shiraz 2018
    A rich and inviting palate, upfront dark fruits in the blood plum and blackberry mould meld around assertive ripe tannins. With air, savoury characters come to the fore with black olive tapenade, nutmeg and cured Barossa meats. Oak maturation is ... Learn More
  25. Head Wines Red Shiraz 2020
    Hand picked from sustainably farmed vineyards. Alex Head produces wines of class & elegance in his 5 red-star Halliday rated winery. Head Red is a barrel cull from up to 15 Barossa vineyards predominantly coming from the higher altitude/cooler sites of Eden ... Learn More
  26. Head Wines Head Red GSM 2020
    A Barossa Valley GSM with some elegance, great perfume, and immense drinkability. Sourced from five different sites around the Barossa, some with great age, all fermented separately then brought together to make a precise, pure style. Much less Grenache this ... Learn More
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  27. Discovery Road Tempranillo 2019
    The Barossa Valley is Australia’s best-known wine region and this is one of the reasons why. Soft red berry and blue fruits lead to pleasing aromas of cedar and spice, the wine approachable and round. The juicy palate is ... Learn More
  28. Gibson Discovery Road Nero D'Avola 2019
    The Barossa Valley is Australia’s best-known wine region and this is one of the reasons why. The nose is distinctly briary and fruity, strongly reminiscent of cranberries. On the palate, this wine is bright with good acidity, rounded, warm ... Learn More
  29. The Wine Doctor Estate Grown Barossa Shiraz 2017
    Extra Reversatrol in this wine! Rich dark purple, the nose shows rich , succulent red and blue fruits, dark chocolate and mocha notes with hints of spice and cedary oak. This follows through to the palate featuring exceptional length and showcases ... Learn More
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  30. Head Wines Red Shiraz 2018
    Hand picked from sustainably farmed vineyards. Alex Head produces wines of class & elegance in his 5 red-star Halliday rated winery. Head Red is a barrel cull from up to 15 Barossa vineyards predominantly coming from the higher altitude/cooler sites of Eden ... Learn More
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
  31. Spinifex Rose 2021
    Crushed bunches were macerated for between six and 24-hours before pressing. The wine was fermented in tank with indigenous yeasts, with five per cent fermented and matured in old French oak demi-muids. It was matured on lees prior to being ... Learn More
    Spinifex Rose 2021
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  32. Elderton Golden Semillon 2020 (375ml)
    Elderton was founded by Neil and Lorraine Ashmead in 1982, and is now run by their sons, Allister and Cameron. Elderton has a proud history of producing great dessert wines and we are extremely excited to now continue this journey with ... Learn More
  33. Spinifex Rose 2020
    Crushed bunches were macerated for between six and 24-hours before pressing. The wine was fermented in tank with indigenous yeasts, with five per cent fermented and matured in old French oak demi-muids. It was matured on lees prior to being ... Learn More
    Spinifex Rose 2020
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  34. Woods Crampton 'Five Horses' Barossa Valley GSM 2021
    64% Grenache, 24% Mataro, 12% Shiraz A seductively bright nose that shows dark fruit, a captivating and exotic spice and a savoury edge that is typical of this style of modern Barossa red. The palate exudes dense and and textured dark berry and ... Learn More
  35. Head Wines Riesling 2021
    Rieslings from Eden Valley are highlighted by their unusually low alcohol. The long cool Indian Summer of 2018 helped produce a wine that will age with grace. There are typical southern Eden Valley citrus characters of lemon, lime and grapefruit together ... Learn More
  36. Woods Crampton 'Five Horses' Barossa Valley Shiraz 2020
    Produced exclusively for United Cellars by our friends at Woods Crampton, this is an absolute favourite of our customers & staff, this limited production sells out every year in record time. 95% Shiraz, 5% Mataro. A dark and brooding nose offering glimpses of ... Learn More
  37. Kalleske Moppa Shiraz 2020
    Moppa is predominantly Shiraz with a trace of Petit Verdot (8%) and Viognier (3%) blended in for added complexity. Grapes are from ten different blocks on the Kalleske’s organic farm, with the oldest of these blocks planted in 1961. The vines are ... Learn More
  38. Torbreck 'Woodcutters' Roussanne Viognier Marsanne 2021
    The dominant variety is Roussanne which provides structure and finesse, the Viognier offers a pure, floral lift and finishes the wine with refinement and elegance, while the Marsanne gives the wine palate texture and richness. The 2021 summer growing season was ... Learn More
  39. Spinifex Syrah 2021
    James Halliday, The Weekend Australian It seems like yesterday that I first tasted the Spinifex red wines. They were so different from the normal Barossa style, and I had no expectations when that tasting took place in 2006 – but the pieces ... Learn More
    Spinifex Syrah 2021
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  40. Torbreck 'Woodcutters' Roussanne Viognier Marsanne 2019
    The dominant variety is Roussanne which provides structure and finesse, the Viognier offers a pure, floral lift and finishes the wine with refinement and elegance, while the Marsanne gives the wine palate texture and richness. This blend demonstrates that these ... Learn More
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