Margaret River, Hunter Valley

Margaret River is the name of a river, town and key wine region. It is one of the younger viticultural regions in Australia, quickly gaining popularity for its world-class wine. Located 280km South of Perth in Western Australia, the first plantings were only made in 1967. The region has grown rapidly and is recognised as one of the great wine-producing regions of the world, with over 200 wineries in operation. Made up of predominantly boutique producers, with a number of big player wineries also, the region makes up only 3% of the Australian wine production, but commands over 20% of the premium wine market. The wineries in the region are vibrant, innovative and progressive in their approach to viticulture.

The Mediterranean style climate provides superior maritime growing conditions, with vines not affected by extreme summer and winter temperatures. The region is well known for producing outstanding red wines; Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and to a lesser extent Shiraz, Tempranillo and Malbec. Both straight varietals and famous Bordeaux blends can be outstanding.

In the white wines, Chardonnays of great depth and character, and fresh Semillon Sauvignon Blanc blends are the main varietals the region is famous for. Lesser quantities of Viognier, Riesling and Muscat are also produced.
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.
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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. Miles From Nowhere Cabernet Merlot 2020
    WINNER; Gold Medal, International Wine Awards 2020 Gold Medal, Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2020 Gold Medal, San Francisco International Wine Competition 2020 Gold Medal, Women's Wine & Spirits Awards 2021 This is a dazzling Cabernet Merlot. Lifted aromas of blackcurrant, mulberry, minty cassis and spice. ... Learn More
  4. Long Way Home Rose 2021
    Previous vintage 2020 was the WINNER; Gold Medal, Adelaide Wine Show 2020 Redcurrant and strawberry leap from the glass, but there is a mineral drive to the palate that is delicious. Hint of strawberry sweetness on the front of the palate but ... Learn More
  5. Miles From Nowhere Sauvignon Blanc 2021
    WINNER; Top Gold & Trophy for Best Sauvignon Blanc Class 05 (Riverina Wine Awards 2020) Gold Medal (Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2020) Gold Medal (International Wine Awards 2020) Gold Medal (China Wine and Spirits Awards 2020) Tropical fruit aromas with hints of melon and lime. There ... Learn More
  6. MILES FROM NOWHERE ROSE 2020
    While this 2020 has only just been released, the 2019 was the winner of the Top Gold and Trophy for Best Rose of Show at the 2019 Royal Perth Wine Show, as well as winning a Gold Medal at the Royal Adelaide Wine ... Learn More
  7. Moss Wood Amy's Cabernet Blend 2019 (375Ml)
    The 'Super Second' wine from this world-class producer. A Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Lifted dark fruit aromas of mulberries and blackcurrants, backed by some spicy, white pepper notes from the Malbec and musk-like perfumes ... Learn More
  8. Moss Wood Amy's Cabernet Blend 2018 (375Ml)
    The 'Super Second' wine from this world-class producer. A Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Lifted dark fruit aromas of mulberries and blackcurrants, backed by some spicy, white pepper notes from the Malbec and musk-like perfumes ... Learn More
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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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  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. Leeuwin Estate Rose 2021
    Textured and layered palate, with a myriad of dried cranberries, goji berries and pink grapefruit. Delicate spice beneath lead by cinnamon and nutmeg, threaded with gentle acidity and a structured, almost salty finish. ... Learn More
  17. Cullen Dancing In The Sun Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2020
    54% Semillon, 43% Sauvignon Blanc and 3% Verdelho. Fragrant combination of tropical notes with honeydew melon, papaya and some citrus. Fruit driven with green apple, passion fruit and touches of stone fruit. Finishing dry with plenty of citrus notes. ... Learn More
  18. Cullen Dancing In The Sun Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2019
    54% Semillon, 43% Sauvignon Blanc and 3% Verdelho. Fragrant combination of tropical notes with honeydew melon, papaya and some citrus. Fruit driven with green apple, passion fruit and touches of stone fruit. Finishing dry with plenty of citrus notes. ... Learn More
  19. Pedestal Sauvignon Blanc 2020
    Passionfruit, lime zest and cut grass with a lively acidity and long finish. ... Learn More
  20. Credaro Kinship Chardonnay 2020
    A fragrant bouquet of white flowers, nectarine and pear with underlying cashew and citrus notes. Lovely toasty oak florals help lift to white flower bouquet. The palate is simply beautiful with stone fruit and fresh citrus flavours and creamy biscuit ... Learn More
  21. Cullen Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2018 (375Ml)
    This wine was produced on a certified Biodynamic, Carbon Neutral and naturally powered estate. Vineyard: 100% Cullen Vineyard. Varieties: 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot. Oak: 100% matured in French oak for an average of 17 months, 22% of which were new. Aromas of dark fruits complemented ... Learn More
  22. Domaine Naturaliste Floris Chardonnay 2020
    "Floris is a modern and engaging expression of our local clone into wine. This style is a co-evolution of Modern Australian food and wine culture, which has great emphasis on balance, freshness and hedonistic pleasure. The sustainably farmed vineyard is ... Learn More
  23. 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
  24. Tyrrell's Rufus Stone Heathcote Shiraz 1999
    Planted in 1994, this 2019 release of Rufus Stone Shiraz marks 25 years since Bruce Tyrrell planted our first vines in the Heathcote region. Our Heathcote vineyard is situated on a strip of ancient Cambrian soil on the east facing slopes of Mount ... Learn More
  25. Corymbia Chenin Blanc 2020
    Rob and his father, former Australian Test Cricketer Tony “Rocket” Mann, planted the Chenin Blanc vines together on their family property more than 25 years ago. The grapes were harvested by hand and whole bunch-pressed prior to natural fermentation. A portion ... Learn More
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  26. Woodlands Wilyabrup Valley Chardonnay 2020
    Remarkably complex and charming for such a modestly priced Margaret River chardy, with creamy lees and refined fruit aromas. - Huon Hooke The little sister to Chloe, Woodlands’ flagship estate-grown chardonnay. This Chardonnay is produced solely from prime established vineyards ... Learn More
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  27. Larry Cherubino Pedestal Vineyard Elevation Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Pedestal is named due to the elevation of the Margaret River vineyard initially sourced fruit from to create this wine. Seductive Inky purple. Classic cabernet aroma of blackcurrant. The wine is medium bodied with primary flavours of blackcurrant and bay ... Learn More
  28. Leeuwin Estate Prelude Vineyards Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Dark concentrated blackcurrants, blueberries and cherries are lifted by lavender and violets. So many layers and features to nose on offer including black cardamom, cocoa, clove, anise, fennel seed and bay leaf. Highly packaged and complete on the nose. A ... Learn More
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  29. Thompson Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Jane and Peter Thompson purchased the Thompson Estate property in 1994, and the first plantings of chardonnay and pinot were in 1997, followed by the cabernet plantings in 1998. Deep crimson red with a slight purple edge. A complex display of rich chocolate, ... Learn More
  30. Moss Wood Amy's Cabernet Blend 2020
    A Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Lifted dark fruit aromas of mulberries and blackcurrants, backed by some spicy, white pepper notes from the Malbec and musk-like perfumes from the Petit Verdot; complex cedar and tarry ... Learn More
  31. Cullen Amber Wine 2020
    This Amber wine is a blend of 52% sauvignon blanc and 48% semillon fruit, selected from our certified biodynamic Cullen Vineyard. The vines were planted from 1976-1978, and are grown on Scott Henry and Lyre trellising systems, allowing for healthy fruit to ... Learn More
  32. Finisterre Margaret River Chardonnay 2018
    GOLD MEDAL WINNER, Wine Show of Western Australia 2020 “2018 was the best vintage in 25 years” -Larry Cherubino, Finisterre winemaker Larry Cherubino is one of West Australia, indeed Australia’s leading winemakers, Larry has been twice acknowledged as Australian Winemaker of the ... Learn More
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  33. Blue Poles Allouran 2014
    70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc. Founded with the mentality to make a wine that emulates the amazing wines of Pomerol. ... Learn More
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  34. 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
  35. Brash Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
    Exceptional Estate from Yallingup, Just north of the Margaret River ... Learn More
  36. Secret Deal Reserve Margaret River Cabernet Merlot 2017
    The XXXXXXX Margaret Cabernet Merlot Malbec has been a cellar staple of many fans of Margaret River Bordeaux blends for many years, and the 2017 release is a show-stopper. It's the mid-tier red that satisfies both those who want quality Cabernet ... Learn More
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  37. Woodlands Brook Vineyard Chardonnay 2020
    This Chardonnay is produced from a 7 hectare close-planted plot of selection massale Wenté (Mendoza) clone vines on the Woodlands Brook Vineyard. This wine is an intense pale straw colour. The nose is fine, delicate, and aromatic - showing white peach, ... Learn More
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  38. Pierro 'Pino's' Pinot Noir Shiraz 2018
    This blend is vintage of two grape varieties: 85% Pinot Noir and 15% Shiraz, harvested from vineyards in the Margaret River wine region. This wine has an alcohol level of 13.5% and is coloured a medium-red, with aromas of cherry fruit, strawberry, dark ... Learn More
  39. Hamelin Bay Five Ashes Reserve Chardonnay 2017
    Great precision and persistence. It's built on mouthwatering acidity. A truly wonderful chardonnay. - Huon Hooke Margaret River is Western Australia`s premier and fashionable vineyard region. Situated along the coast three hours south of Perth, this picturesque region is ... Learn More
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