Hunter Valley, Crozes-Hermitage

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.
Crozes-Hermitage was officially defined as an appellation in 1937 and is a subregion of the northern Rhône wine region located on the 45th parallel in France. It was expanded in 1952 and became renowned for the many cooperatives there in particular Cave de Tain and Jaboulet. The region produces more wine than the seven other appellations in the northern Rhone combined.

It's the largest appellation in the northern Rhone and produces mostly (90%) Syrah wines though lesser amounts of the white varieties Roussane and Marsanne are grown (10%). The Roussanne and Marsanne are either co-fermented with Syrah or made as white wines as straight varietals or as a blend. The area to the north of Tain L'Hermitage has a very favorable mesoclimate with warmth-retaining granite bedrock, producing richer wines with more complexity than those from the generally flatter lands of the south.

To the north, Crozes-Hermitage's climate is temperate with an almost constant wind that blows and dries the air along the Rhône corridor. When the wind blows from the north, along come fine weather and much needed freshness in the hot summer months, and a biting cold in winter. on the other hand a southerly wind tends to be followed by storms, particularly in summer. Further south the Mediterranean climate’s influence plays a bigger part. The southern parts of Crozes-Hermitage experience very high annual sunshine hours and particularly hot, dry, summers. Annual rainfall is moderate throughout the region with most notable downpours occurring at the end of summer.

The wines from Crozes-Hermitage can be wonderfully aromatic and a considerable bargain when compared to their Hermitage counterparts. Although they are generally less complex than the wines from Hermitage, the wines can have plenty of bright fruit aromas and good structure.
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  1. Tyrrell'S 'Old Winery' Chardonnay 2020
    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' Chardonnay 2019
    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
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  3. Tyrrell'S 'Old Winery' Verdelho 2020
    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
  4. United Cellars Chardonnay By Bruce Tyrrell 2019
    The United Cellars 'Varietal' Range brings you the most popular varieties, made by some of the best and most-respected winemakers for an unbeatable price. Designed for immediate enjoyment, the Varietal Range promises to provide a quality wine to suit every ... Learn More
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  5. California Dreamin' Chardonnay 2017
    Inspired by the land of freedom and the state that inspired the “Summer of Love“ California Dreamin’ is all about flavour! Expressive and opulent wines full of mouth-filling flavour, maximum complexity and rewarding drinkability. Sourced from two established vineyards on ... Learn More
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  6. De Iuliis Estate Semillon 2020
    The Hunter Valley is renowned for producing some of the best Semillon in the world. This wine displays fresh, lifted citrus characters, a light palate, and crisp, zesty acids. It’s the perfect match for seafood or any delicately flavoured ... Learn More
  7. De Iuliis Estate Chardonnay 2019
    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
  8. 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
  9. Tyrrell'S Special Release Verdelho 2020
    Tyrrell's Special Release is reserved for unique parcels of fruit that in a particular vintage have those qualities and point of difference to warrant being bottled and released on their own. Verdelho is one of the Hunter Valley's key white ... Learn More
  10. Tyrrell'S Hunter Valley Chardonnay 2019
    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
  11. Tyrrell'S Hunter Valley Chardonnay 2018
    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
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  12. Tyrrell'S Special Release Verdelho 2019
    Tyrrell's Special Release is reserved for unique parcels of fruit that in a particular vintage have those qualities and point of difference to warrant being bottled and released on their own. Verdelho is one of the Hunter Valley's key white ... Learn More
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  13. Andrew Thomas 'Two Of A Kind' Ssb 2019
    Our ‘Two of a Kind’ wines are a tribute to the multi regional blends that created some of Australia’s best wines in the 50’s and 60’s. The wines are based on the Hunter Valley’s signature varieties of Semillon ... Learn More
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  14. Andrew Thomas Six Degrees Semillon 2020
    Hunter Valley semillon is one of the world's most uniquely regional wine styles. This is a very new and exciting style for Hunter Semillon, being made as an ‘off dry’ style. First produced in 2008, the inspiration being my love of ... Learn More
  15. Andrew Thomas Six Degrees Semillon 2019
    Hunter Valley semillon is one of the world's most uniquely regional wine styles. This is a very new and exciting style for Hunter Semillon, being made as an ‘off dry’ style. First produced in 2008, the inspiration being my love of ... Learn More
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  16. Scarborough Yellow Label Chardonnay 2017
    Perfumed French oak with stone fruit, vanilla and spice continue through to the textured palate with a long, beautiful finish. Released with bottle maturity this delicious, full-flavoured style of Chardonnay is matured for 12 months in French oak of varying ages ... Learn More
  17. Silkman Semillon 2017
    A modern style of Hunter valley Semillon. Abundant in flavours while still delivering a wine that is poised and long. Fragrant, lifted and minerally with lemongrass, lemon zest and fresh hay. Light, dry and intense with lemony fruit depth and ... Learn More
  18. 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
  19. Andrew Thomas 'Braemore' Semillon 2019
    Classicly paired with freshly shucked oysters and sashimi - The nose is greeted with intense lime zest fruit characters which follow through to the palate with its delightful, vibrant fruit purity.The mouth watering acidity provides impeccable balance and precision ... Learn More
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  20. Andrew Thomas 'Braemore' Semillon 2018
    Classicly paired with freshly shucked oysters and sashimi - The nose is greeted with intense lime zest fruit characters which follow through to the palate with its delightful, vibrant fruit purity.The mouth watering acidity provides impeccable balance and precision ... Learn More
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  21. Tyrrell'S Belford Semillon 2015
    2015 was an exceptional vintage in the Hunter Valley. The Belford vineyard, planted in 1933, is located 10km northwest of the winery. Furthest vineyard from the Brokenback Range and has the most broken down sandy loam soil, consistency similar to that of ... Learn More
  22. Tyrrell'S Stevens Semillon 2016
    2014 was an exceptional vintage in the Hunter Valley. Sourced from Neil Stevens’ Glenoak vineyard, a combination of light sandy loams and transitional darker, heavier clay soils. Oldest plantings on this vineyard are from 1911. Fermentation in stainless steel at cool temperatures ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
  23. Tyrrell'S Hvd Semillon 2014
    2014 was an exceptional vintage in the Hunter Valley. Sourced from the ‘Sign Post’ block which was planted in 1908. The vineyard has light, sandy and well-draining soils. Fermented in stainless steel tanks at cool temperatures. After fermentation the wine spent a ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
  24. Tyrrell'S Belford Semillon 2014
    2014 was an exceptional vintage in the Hunter Valley. The Belford vineyard, planted in 1933, is located 10km northwest of the winery. Furthest vineyard from the Brokenback Range and has the most broken down sandy loam soil, consistency similar to that of ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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    James Suckling
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    Mike Bennie
  25. Tyrrell'S Stevens Semillon 2014
    2014 was an exceptional vintage in the Hunter Valley. Sourced from Neil Stevens’ Glenoak vineyard, a combination of light sandy loams and transitional darker, heavier clay soils. Oldest plantings on this vineyard are from 1911. Fermentation in stainless steel at cool temperatures ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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  26. Domaine Michelas St Jemms Crozes Hermitage Fleur De Syrahne 2018
    Domaine Michelas st Jemms are the oldest individual winery in Crozes Hermitage established in 1961. They were the first family to leave the Cave de Tain cooperative, becoming the first independent in the region, and setting the stage for many others ... Learn More
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    Alistair Cooper MW
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  27. De Iuliis Aged Semillon 2013
    Fresh and lively in its youth, this excellent 2013 vintage Semillon has developed beeswax and honey characters with age in the bottle. An incredibly complex wine with a fresh citrus palate. Only 250 dozen have been carefully cellared in a temperature-controlled environment. ... Learn More
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  28. Tyrrell's Special Release Shiraz 2014
    “This 1,000 dozen blend is from the following blocks; Weinkeller East – normally this is in Vat 9 every year. Weinkeller Young Vines – Normally in Vat 8 most years. Stevens Young Patch – This block is the bit above the old patch and was as ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
  29. Silkman 'Reserve' Chardonnay 2017
    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
  30. Tyrrell'S Stevens Shiraz 2017
    2017 was an exceptional vintage in the Hunter Valley. Sourced from the Old Hillside vineyard’s mature 50 year old vines (previously owned by the Stevens family). Fermentation occurred in stainless steel open top vats before transfer to mostly newer French oak ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
  31. Tyrrell'S Belford Chardonnay 2017
    2017 was an exceptional vintage in the Hunter Valley. Sourced from vines planted in 1991. Basket pressed before going into stainless steel for 3 days. Once fermentation began the juice was transferred to French oak barriques, a tiny percentage new oak. 8 months maturation ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
  32. Domaine Michelas St Jemms Crozes Hermitage La Chasseliere 2017
    Domaine Michelas st Jemms are the oldest individual winery in Crozes Hermitage established in 1961. They were the first family to leave the Cave de Tain cooperative, becoming the first independent in the region, and setting the stage for many others ... Learn More
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    Alistair Cooper MW
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    Huon Hooke
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  33. Silkman 'Reserve' Chardonnay 2016
    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
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  34. Petersons Back Block Shiraz 2003
    Rich, ripe, generous, elegant soft and complex. The upfront fruit is of dried black and red currants. The mid palate is layered showing dark chocolate, Chinese five spice with hints of cloves and dried mixed herbs. The back palate is ... Learn More
  35. Sweetwater Shiraz 2006
    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 2006
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  36. 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
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    Gary Walsh
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
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    Huon Hooke
  37. Tyrrell'S Belford Chardonnay 2015
    Belford is a district, and a number of wineries use the name - thus this is a single vineyard from within the district. Although the fermentation was initiated in stainless steel, it was completed in French barriques (20% new). The nose ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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    James Halliday
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  38. 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
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    James Halliday
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  39. Sweetwater Hunter Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    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
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  40. Sweetwater Shiraz 2004
    96 points in the 2019 James Halliday wine guide. 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 ... Learn More
    Sweetwater Shiraz 2004
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
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