Yarra Valley, Hunter Valley

The Yarra Valley is a wine region known for producing outstanding Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The region has become a leading wine tourism destination, popular for weekend trips as it is located only an hour’s drive northeast of Melbourne. The cool climate region has some of the oldest soils in the world and produces terrific Chardonnays in the leaner, acid-driven style. Long gone are the days of excessively oaked and oily Chardonnays. Superb Pinot Noir is cultivated with tremendous results. Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc and even Sparkling wines of premium quality are also worth seeking out.

Yarra Valley is the oldest wine region in Victoria with the first vines planted in 1838 at Yering Station. Reg Egan founded the iconic Wantirna Estate in 1963, followed by Dr Bailey Carrodus in 1969 who founded equally lauded Yarra Yering in the foot of the Warramate Hills. Nowadays a fleet of new world winemakers and growers are making sure Yarra Valley stays at the forefront of Victorian wine production.

The region in 2009 suffered in the Black Saturday fires, with an estimated 25% of all production was impacted.
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. Zilzie 'Yarra Valley' Chardonnay 2020
    The Zilzie Regional Collection showcases textbook examples of varietal & regional expressions whilst being excellent value for money. This delicious chardonnay exhibits typically Yarra Valley aromas of citrus, peach and nectarine with subtle vanillin and barrel fermentation characters. The palate shows ... Learn More
  4. Tread Softly Premium Pinot Noir 2020 (Low Alc.)
    Summary: Tread Softly is a contemporary range of wines seeking to deliver delicious, intensely flavoured wines that are naturally medium weighted and moderate in alcohol. By using more sustainable vineyard management and wine-making techniques to ensure their production has had ... Learn More
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Mandala Yarra Valley Rosé 2021
    Rose is internationally loved as the ultimate summer tipple. The famous colour comes from juicing red grapes and soaking with the skins for a very short period to develop a nice pinky hue! Mandala likes to give an extra bit ... Learn More
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    Ned Goodwin MW
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. Punt Road Pinot Gris 2021
    Harvested from two blocks of D1V7 pinot gris on the Napoleone Vineyard, along with a parcel of fruit from the Old Beenak Road vineyard near Gembrook. Punt Road could be the value kings of the Yarra, consistently releasing classic, ... Learn More
  12. Airlie Bank Pinot Noir 2021
    A medium bodied palate with vibrant cherry and plum flavours. Hints of spice and oak. Cherry and plum aromas, with light smokiness, spice and floral notes. So much drinking pleasure to be had in this bright fruited Pinot Noir! Buy ... Learn More
  13. Punt Road Chardonnay 2021
    Yarra Valley Chardonnay done very well under the watch of Punt Road's Tim Shand. This is such an exceptional Chardonnay at the price - fruit quality, balance, refreshment and extraordinary length of flavour. Notes of lime pith and stone fruit. ... Learn More
  14. Helen's Hill Lana's Rose 2020
    The Helen’s Hill wine range celebrates passion, persistence and the genuine connection between people and land. As carefree and vivacious as its namesake Allannah, this dry style Rosé can't help but lighten the mood. Rose petals and strawberry fruits ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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    Stuart Knox
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    Gary Walsh
  15. Tread Softly Yarra Valley Premium Chardonnay 2020 (Low Alc.)
    Tread Softly is a contemporary range of wines seeking to deliver delicious, freshly flavoured wines that are naturally medium weighted and moderate in alcohol. By using more sustainable vineyard management and wine-making techniques to ensure their production has had a ... Learn More
  16. Tread Softly Yarra Valley Premium Rose 2020 (Low Alc.)
    Tread Softly is a contemporary range of wines seeking to deliver delicious, freshly flavoured wines that are naturally medium weighted and moderate in alcohol. By using more sustainable vineyard management and wine-making techniques to ensure their production has had a ... Learn More
  17. Airlie Bank Cuvee Sparkling Nv
    An everyday drinking style, fresh and vibrant with a focused palate of apple blossom and citrus characters with complex brioche notes. Aromas of citrus fruits and subtle apricot, complemented by a doughy, bready complexity. A blend of 85% Chardonnay and 15% Pinot ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. Arfion Pinot Grigio 2020
    In the Yarra Valley, our soils produce a style of wine that naturally sits between the styles of our old world counterparts of Italy and France. We call this wine Pinot grigio because it’s dry with an acid backbone ... Learn More
  21. Oakridge Yarra Valley Rose 2020
    Aromas of red cherry, strawberry with notes of pink grapfruit and a flick gun flint reduction. The palate is dry yet has soft and textural, juicy red fruit flavours are intwined with creamy textural notes all driven by a fresh ... Learn More
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    Nick Stock
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    Campbell Mattinson
  22. Toolangi Chardonnay 2019
    Selectively hand-harvested, low cropped fruit from the Dixons Creek Vineyard in the Yarra Valley. Smooth and creamy with a luscious core of stone fruit, pear and apple, it’s scented with delicate floral notes, grapefruit and charcuterie, creamy complexity, coriander ... Learn More
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
  23. Medhurst Estate Vineyard Yarra Valley Rose 2021
    Very pale copper with a bright vibrant pink hue. Deliciously elusive fresh fruits including strawberry and raspberry are supported by hints of tropical fruits and the white blossom of jasmine. The palate is savoury and refined with a supple creamy ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
  24. Punt Road Pinot Noir 2021
    A fruit driven style of Pinot with fragrant strawberry aromas and sweet berry flavours. Moderate acidity and feathery tannins frame an elegant palate of ripe cherry with a touch of earthiness. ... Learn More
  25. Helen's Hill Hill Top Syrah 2019
    The Helen’s Hill wine range celebrates passion, persistence and the genuine connection between people and land. The 'Hilltop' Syrah is an exposé on the versatility of Shiraz as a variety. A wine that displays generous dark fruit up front ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
  26. Helen's Hill Long Walk Pinot Noir 2020
    The Helen’s Hill wine range celebrates passion, persistence and the genuine connection between people and land. Distinctly Yarra Valley, it’s earthy, it’s gamey, it's the 2020 Long Walk Pinot Noir. One of wineries the finest achievements is that ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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    Campbell Mattinson
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    Stuart Knox
  27. Mac Forbes Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2020
    Recognised across the Valley as a great season for Chardonnay, our 2020 Yarra Valley Chardonnay is zesty, pithy and bursting with crushed florals. Crunchy acidity and plenty of backbone makes this a perfect wine for lazy Sunday afternoons with half a ... Learn More
  28. Mac Forbes Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2020
    Our philosophy towards pinot is to look after the detail, keep it simple and respect the fruit. The onus is on fruit quality and balance and not on winemaking solutions or corrections. For us winemaking is an extension of the ... Learn More
  29. 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
  30. 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
  31. Yves Premium Cuvee NV
    A new wine in the Sparkling range. A truly exceptional expression of chardonnay - Pale yellow with fine bubbles and persistent mousse. Delicate and floral, with a creamy mid-palate and a lingering, zippy finish. ... Learn More
  32. Punt Road Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    The Punt Road Shiraz has become regarded as one of the dead-set bargain Shiraz' in the Yarra Valley over the last few years. Tim Shand heads a dynamic, progressive young winemaking team at Punt Road; a winery long regarded as ... Learn More
  33. Punt Road Shiraz 2019
    The Punt Road Shiraz has become regarded as one of the dead-set bargain Shiraz' in the Yarra Valley over the last few years. This is pitch perfect Yarra Shiraz. Blackberry fruit interlaced with exotic spice, cocoa hints and soft herbal ... Learn More
  34. Medhurst Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2021
    Bright ruby red appearance with a lovely crimson hue. Lovely nose, highly perfumed wine with red cherry, five spice savoury and floral notes dominating the aromas. The palate has a core of red fruit flavours around a backbone of natural ... Learn More
  35. Medhurst Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2020
    This Yarra Valley Chardonnay was made from fruit sourced entirely from Medhurst Estate Vineyard. All fruit handpicked whole bunch pressed and fermented in French oak (10% new) where Indigenous fermentation in barrel lasting around one month. We decided to put one ... Learn More
  36. Oakridge Vineyard Series Henk Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2018
    Since its founding in 1978, Oakridge has been making wines in the Yarra Valley and has produced some of the finest examples of cool climate wines seen in Australia. Oakridge is family owned, with a philosophy of producing wines that reflect ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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    James Suckling
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    Mike Bennie
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    Huon Hooke
  37. Giant Steps Yarra Valley Syrah Carignan Grenache 2019
    The Syrah comes from the Sexton and Tarraford Vineyards, the Carignan and the Grenache are grown at the Tarraford Vineyard. The Syrah is predominantly the Red Dog 67 clone that we have propagated from our original block 2 vines – that clone is ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
  38. Giant Steps Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2021
    Everything Giant Steps do is great and this Pinot is bang on the mark. The nose shows florals of rose petal with dark cherry and some earthy aromas. A seductive, complex palate with fleshy fruit, savoury notes and silky tannins ... Learn More
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
  39. Soumah Single Vineyard Hexham Chardonnay 2021
    Delicate yet complex citrus bouquet is supported by ‘struck match’ and brioche character. A zesty melon palate is integrated with subtle new oak and silky creaminess, finishing long and fresh. The wine will mature well for at least 10 years. An ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
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    Campbell Mattinson
  40. Soumah Single Vineyard Hexham Chardonnay 2020
    Elegance is on its side too, no mean feat given the wine’s inherent power. You’d bet on this wine landing in an excellent place over the next few years. - Campbell Mattinson Delicate yet complex citrus bouquet is ... Learn More
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    Stuart Knox
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    James Suckling
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    Campbell Mattinson
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