Hunter Valley, Canberra District

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.
Although winemaking started 160 years ago in Canberra District, the viticulture of this region was revived in the 1970s. Situated in the wider area of southern New South Wales, surrounding Australian Capital Territory, the region is famous for their Shiraz and Rieslings due to their cool climate. Canberra District wine region was granted GI (Geographical Indication) in 1998 although the district was home to very few vineyards at that time. Today, wineries such as Clonakilla and Ravensworth have paved the way for putting Canberra District on the map as an up- and-coming wine region to watch in Australia.

Located about 150 kilometers inland from the Pacific Ocean, the vineyards are on lands of varying altitudes ranging from 300-800 meters which causes variation in temperature and soil types. The climate of Canberra District can be described as having a continental climate, which is characterized by big differences in temperature during the day and night. The region is capable of producing some of the nations finest Shiraz and Riesling.
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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. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. Collector ‘Shoreline’ Sangiovese Rose 2021
    The wine is fresh on the nose with aromas of mandarin, cherry, rose-water and spice. The palate is dry, with moreish mid-palate texture and mouth-watering acidity. Great for seasonal drinking with antipasti. Sangiovese and Mammolo grapes were hand-harvested in the ... Learn More
  10. 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
  11. Silkman Chardonnay 2018
    We sourced our Estate Chardonnay fruit from two outstanding parcels both on loam soils. One Vineyard is in the heart of Pokolbin while the other is from the Western fringe of the Hunter Valley Both parcels deliver a more intense ... Learn More
  12. Clonakilla Riesling 2021
    Murrumbateman’s cool, continental climate and decomposed granite soils are perfectly suited to Riesling. Drink now for its razor fine floral, citrus-edged fruit or cellar for up to 15 years and watch it develop lime and toast characters with age. – Winemaker, ... Learn More
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    Mike Bennie
  13. Helm Wines Premium Riesling 2021
    Helm Wines, in Murrumbateman NSW, was established by Ken and Judith Helm in 1973. Ken is a descendant of German vignerons who planted vines in the Albury district in the 1850s. Helm Wines specialises in the production of award winning Riesling ... Learn More
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  14. Silkman 'Reserve' Chardonnay 2019
    Hints of grapefruit and flint meld together to deliver a complex and refreshing nose with generous citrus notes. Grapefruit flavours flow onto the palate with a great length driven by flavours of white peach and secondary notes of struck match. ... Learn More
  15. Krinklewood Vat 48 Cabernet Merlot 2015
    This classic blend of Cabernet and Merlot delivers an exotic aroma of ripe raspberry, dark plum and spice. Whilst the palate enhances the complexity with leafy berry and earthy notes with a glossy, juicy finish. ... Learn More
  16. Andrew Thomas 'Braemore' Semillon Cellar Reserve 2013
    The Braemore vineyard is one of the finest plots of Semillon in the Hunter Valley. ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
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    James Suckling
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    James Halliday
  17. Sweetwater Shiraz 2005
    Sourced from a single vineyard located at Sweetwater Ridge in the northern Belford end of the Lower Hunter Valley. Since 1844 the soils of Sweetwater Hermitage have been the foundation for some of the oldest known vineyards in the Hunter Valley. ... Learn More
    Sweetwater Shiraz 2005
    $69.99 Per item
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    James Halliday
  18. Tyrrell'S 'Vat 1' Semillon 2015
    Vat 1 Semillon only ever comes from our best old vine, dry grown vineyards. These blocks feature ideal sandy, free draining soils that give these wines their unique character. The oldest of these blocks was planted in 1923. Hand picked in the ... Learn More
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
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    Gary Walsh
  19. Tyrrell's Vat 8 Shiraz Cabernet 2018
    A blend of shiraz and cabernet from the Hunter Valley, with the shiraz sourced from premium vineyards on the Tyrrell’s property and Moon Mountain vineyard and the cabernet coming from Pokolbin. All of the components were fermented and matured ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
  20. Tyrrell's 'Sacred Site HVD' Chardonnay 2021
    Our Sacred Sites wines are made using fruit from some of the oldest still-producing vineyards in the world – each bearing vines that were planted more than a century ago. Having survived the test of time these ancient vines consistently make ... Learn More
  21. Tyrrell'S 'Vat 1' Semillon 2016
    Vat 1 Semillon only ever comes from our best old vine, dry grown vineyards. These blocks feature ideal sandy, free draining soils that give these wines their unique character. The oldest of these blocks was planted in 1923. Hand picked in the ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  22. Sweetwater Shiraz 2018
    The Sweetwater Shiraz is true to form with its distinctive floral notes of violets and potpourri. Concentrated yet decidedly medium-bodied, deep red and blue fruited frame, perfumed raspberry fruit. There’s beautiful depth of flavour and the tannins are fine. ... Learn More
    Sweetwater Shiraz 2018
    $79.99 Per item
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    Gary Walsh
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
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    Huon Hooke
  23. Tyrrell's 'Sacred Sites Johnno's' Semillon 2021
    This wine comes from our Johnno’s vineyard, which is situated just below the winery. Planted in 1908, it features sandy soils and is planted alongside Mary Anne’s Creek, which runs all the way down to our iconic Short Flat ... Learn More
  24. Silkman Reserve Shiraz 2014
    A traditional medium bodied Hunter Valley Shiraz. Aromas of cherries and mulberries are layered over delicate notes of dried spice and toasty oak. An intense and fruit driven palate is long and persistent with beautifully balanced velvety tannins giving the ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
  25. Tyrrell'S 'Vat 9' Shiraz 2019
    Vat 9 Shiraz is sourced from the oldest and best blocks on the Tyrrell Estate ‘Ashmans’, where the oldest vines date back to 1892. The majority of the blend is made from fruit from the Weinkeller and Short Flat vineyards. All of ... Learn More
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    Mike Bennie
  26. Tyrrell'S 'Vat 9' Shiraz 2016
    The Vat 9 Shiraz is one of the benchmark wines of the Hunter Valley. A composite blend of some of the Tyrrell family's oldest and best vineyards, the Vat 9 is the wine that paints the fullest picture of the vintage. It's ... Learn More
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  27. Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier 2019
    Campbell Mattinson: "It’s just all there, ready, perfect" The Shiraz Viognier is Clonakilla’s flagship, a careful selection of the best of the Shiraz Viognier parcels they craft each year from their Murrumbateman vineyard. Opulent aromas of roses, violets ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
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    Jane Faulkner
  28. Tyrrell'S 'Vat 1' Semillon 2008
    After a relatively cool fermentation, the wine spent a minimal time on yeast lees before being bottled to maintain its freshness. ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
  29. Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier  2017
    This is a truly glorious wine that draws you back again and again to explore the wealth of red fruit flavours, and the majesty of its textures and flavours ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
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    Tyson Stelzer
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    Nick Stock
  30. McWilliam's Mount Pleasant 'Maurice O'Shea' Shiraz 2004
    Made in honour of the legendary winemaker and founder of Mount Pleasant, Maurice O'Shea. This Shiraz is sourced solely from the same old vines once tended to by Maurice himself. ... Learn More
  31. Tyrrell's 'Vat 1' Semillon 2009
    The Vat 1 Semillon was taken from two of the best old blocks of Semillon. The Short Flat was planted in 1923 and Debeyers planted in 1968 ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
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    Gary Walsh
  32. Tyrrell'S 'Vat 1' Semillon 2011
    A late spring which lead into cooler conditions throughout November and early December with some rain. This lead up left us with above average crop levels which ripened well with the warmer weather in January. Picking began one week later ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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    Gary Walsh
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    Tyson Stelzer
  33. Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier 2008
    Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier, Producer by the charismatic Tim Kirk, is a wine that shows a lift and grace not often seen in Australian Shiraz. Ripe berries mingling with herbal lift and extreme quality structure - this is as close as ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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    James Suckling
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    Campbell Mattinson
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    Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW
  34. Mount Pleasant 'Maurice O'Shea' Shiraz 2003
    Made in honour of the legendary winemaker and founder of Mount Pleasant, Maurice O'Shea. This Shiraz is sourced solely from the same old vines once tended to by Maurice himself. ... Learn More
  35. Mount Pleasant Maurice O'Shea Hunter Valley Shiraz 2018
    This iconic wine is a fitting tribute to the legendary winemaker and Mount Pleasant founder, Maurice O’Shea, one of the most important figures in the modern Australian wine industry. The Maurice O’Shea Shiraz is the flagship red wine ... Learn More
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