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Hunter Valley

Posted May 26, 2010 in Wine, Wine Everywhere

Two weeks ago I started a tour of Australia. Wine Australia is the marketing wing promoting the individual terrior of Australian wine regions and put together an ambicious program. With exports to the US slumping, Australia is taking the right step and showcasing the individual winemakers, vineyards, and regions instead of the mass produced, “critter” wines. Over the next couple of weeks we will post photos and stories from the trip.

The first stop was the Hunter Valley. A truly unique place for aged Semillon; Hunter is a few hours outside of Sydney. The people are incredibly relaxed and accomadating. PJ, the winemaker from Brokenwood,took a group of people driving through a field to get pictures of a group of kangaroo. Driving around to find kangaroo followed by oysters and Semillon make for quite an “Australian” day. If you have a chance, try Semillon instead of Sauvignon Blanc. In it’s youth it is very refreshing with bracing acidity, like Sauvignon Blanc. After a few years in bottle it completely changes, with a honeyed toast nose but still maintaining the acidity. All of this from an unoaked wine generally under $35! Not to be missed if you can find it.�


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