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This beautiful release from Liz and Shaun Silkman shows the seductive and approachable nature of this classic Hunter Valley blend. The key to this wine is the balance, the sweet berried aromatics of the Pinot Noir perfectly accenting the rugged earthiness of the Shiraz. Medium bodied, gorgeously fruited. Everything in its right place. It's a winning combination which picked up a Gold Medal at the 2016 NSW Wine Awards as one of the highest rated wines in its class. A great example of the modern Hunter Valley red and a nod to the great wines of old.
What it Tastes Like
_92 points. "The colour is bright and clear, the bouquet with flowery red fruit aromas, the elegant, fine and supple palate light to medium-bodied at best. Balance and length, rather than depth, are the strong points. What will happen with age I don't know (the age of the pinot vines is a question)." - James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion)
Gold Medal - 2016 NSW Wine Awards 92 points. "The colour is bright and clear, the bouquet with flowery red fruit aromas, the elegant, fine and supple palate light to medium-bodied at best. Balance and length, rather than depth, are the strong points. What will happen with age I don't know (the age of the pinot vines is a question)." - James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion)
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2022
About the Producer
Liz and Shaun Silkman run a tight ship in the Hunter Valley. Since their debut Silkman vintage in 2013, they have made some of the most awarded wines in their region through focusing their efforts on smart, modern winemaking guided by premium fruit. The range is small yet high class across the board. Without a doubt one of the future icons of the Hunter Valley.
The Hunter Valley is the home of Semillon in Australia. Arguably the best in the world, Hunter Semillon is one of Australia’s most truly unique wine styles. Add to that the fact that have been producing some of Australia’s best quality Shiraz for over a century and you can see why this is one of our most loved wine regions. But with a new generation of winemakers comes innovation. Now we are seeing risks being taken, new varieties being planted and some inspired winemaking which is writing a new chapter in the Hunter Valley’s rich history. We can’t wait to see what happens next.
Long held up to the rest of the world as Australia’s flagship red variety, the mighty Australian Shiraz has undergone something of a renaissance over the past two decades. While our robust styles of Shiraz from powerhouse South Australian regions such as the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale may have put Australian wine on the map, Shiraz from our cooler regions are giving the variety a new look. Wines from Canberra, all parts of Victoria, the Adelaide Hills, and the Great Southern, are all delivering wines of finesse and spice set to a lighter framework. The tapestry of Australian Shiraz is richly diverse, and will only continue to develop and mature into the future.
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