Hunter Valley, Chablis

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.
Located in the northern region of Burgundy in France, only a two hour drive southeast from Paris, Chablis is a wine region covering an area of approximately 2,225 hectares.

Like most of France’s oldest wine regions, the Romans were the first to have planted grapevines in Chablis and during the middle ages the Catholic Church too played a big role in building commercial interest in wines from the area. It is believed that chardonnay was first planted in the 12th century and spread throughout the rest of Burgundy from there. Chablis was annexed as a part of Burgundy by the Dukes of Burgundy in the 15th century.

The famous grapevines of Chablis are mostly made up of Chardonnay and because of the cool climate of the area, the wines produced here are usually more acidic and less fruity than those made in warmer climates. The result gives the flinty, dry white wines aromas comprising of nuts, vanilla, butter, lemon, and pear. Unlike most of the other Burgundian white wines which are fermented in a barrel, Chablis winemakers rarely use this method of fermentation in order to keep the oaky flavours at bay. The Chablis vineyards are classified into 4 tiers of quality listed from high to low: Chablis Grand Cru, Chablis Premier Cru, Chablis and finally Petit Chablis. The wines of Chablis generally see less oak than their Burgundian counterparts and in many cases are fermented in stainless steel.
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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. 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
  10. 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
  11. Louis Michel Petit Chablis 2019
    "Our Chablis vineyards, located primarily in the lush Valvan valley, are on average 25 years old. Wine produced from these 8 parcels, blended and matured in the true Chablis tradition, reveal all the facets of this rich ground." Louis Michel & Fils It ... Learn More
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. Christian Moreau Chablis Ac 2019
    40+ years old vines. Aged 100% in stainless steel. Comes mostly from very old vines situated in Les Pargues on the hill located between the premier cru sites of Montee de Tonnerre and Vaillons. This terroir has historically always been very highly ... Learn More
  15. 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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  16. 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
  17. 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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    Gary Walsh
  18. 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
  19. Domaine Jean Dauvissat Pere & Fils 1er Cru Fourchaumes 2017
    ‘Fourchaume’ is one of the most reputed Premier Crus of Chablis. The slope is a progression of the same one on which the Grand Crus are based. It benefits from the same exposure (to the South-West), which allows it to ... Learn More
  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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    Gary Walsh
  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. Billaud-Simon 1er Cru Chablis 'Les Vaillons' 2018
    A fresh, aromatic nose with notes of white flowers, ripe lemon, apple and subtle stone-fruit. The palate displays a delicate, mineral acidity, roundness and complexity. A well-regarded, south-east facing premier cru that receives plenty of sunshine and contains a large ... Learn More
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    Jancis Robinson MW
  26. 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
  27. 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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    Gary Walsh
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  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. 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
  30. Christophe Et Fils Chablis 'Les Preuses' Grand Cru 2020
    The wines of Sébastien Christophe come with the same energy and drive that characterise the man that makes them. With amazing mineral intensity, Chablis Grand Cru Preuses displays the Chablis style at its purest; very elegant and sophisticated yet ... 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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    Tyson Stelzer
  33. Domaine William Fevre Bougros Cote de Bouguerots Grand Cru Chablis 2016
    The Fevre family has been an integral part of the Chablis landscape for upwards of 250 years. Since the beginning, though, they have been adamant about protecting and promoting the typicity of Chablis, whose whites draw a unique and well-defined line ... Learn More
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    Neal Martin
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    Stephen Tanzer
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    James Suckling
  34. Domaine William Fevre Bougros Cote de Bouguerots Grand Cru Chablis 2019
    The Fevre family has been an integral part of the Chablis landscape for upwards of 250 years. Since the beginning, though, they have been adamant about protecting and promoting the typicity of Chablis, whose whites draw a unique and well-defined line ... Learn More
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    The Wine Advocate
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    Jancis Robinson MW
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    James Suckling
  35. Domaine William Fevre Bougros Cote de Bouguerots Grand Cru Chablis 2017
    The Fevre family has been an integral part of the Chablis landscape for upwards of 250 years. Since the beginning, though, they have been adamant about protecting and promoting the typicity of Chablis, whose whites draw a unique and well-defined line ... Learn More
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    Nick Stock
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    Neal Martin
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    Allan Meadows
  36. 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
  37. 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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