Our white wines include classic Hunter Semillon, the Angus, grown on the creek bed soils. The flavours of Hunter Semillon are seen as unique due to The Terroir of the Hunter Valley here it is a mix of warm climate, mid to late summer rainfall, with clay on limestone and sandy Rothbury creek bed soil types are quintessential to the styles we produce. Chardonnay cuttings originally came to the Hunter direct from Clos du Vougeot vineyard in Burgundy in the 1830’s. In our winery we make a Chardonnay with grapes taken off a heavily limestone laden block two kilometres down the road.
The most famous grape variety identified with the Hunter Valley. The terroir has moulded a unique style based on the vines planted on the well drained creek bed soils and harvested early before the damaging summer rains. We have a one-hectare block on a tributary of the renowned Rothbury Creek. The grapes are hand picked, destemmed and pressed with minimal skin contact to avoid bitterness and only the free run juice is used. The must is cooled before undergoing a controlled fermentation in a stainless steel tank and early bottling to harness this wines freshness and vitality. This wine is unoaked in the classic Hunter tradition.
Chardonnay, more than any other grape variety, is intrinsically sensitive and reflects both the Terroir and the approach of the winemaker. Our philosophy is to produce a wine that reflects the climate and rich limestone soil of the vineyard with a restrained influence from the winemaking process. We produce a leaner aromatic style with liveliness from the natural acid, typical melon, peach and nectarine fruit well integrated with the restrained oak. You will find our Pebbles Brief Chardonnay has a unique, refined style that reflects our approach to winemaking and letting the fruit speak for itself. This Chardonnay should age well and you will be rewarded with its increasing complexity over time.
A much sought after rose style made following 24-48 hours of skin contact after destemming the Sangiovese grapes. The juice is bleed off and fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. It is fined and bottled early to preserve its fruitfulness. The wine is fresh and fruity with cranberry and cherry flavours and a flowery aroma. For Sydney summer lunches and modern Australian cuisine with a touch of Asian influence.
This is a new style of wine for us a White blend of Semillon and Chardonnay, two of the top white verities of the Hunter.