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Hunter Heroes

The Hunter Valley is world famous for its legendary semillon, chardonnay and shiraz. Of course, it is also the home to the famous shiraz-pinot blends.

Maurice’s O’Shea at Mount Pleasant first produced shiraz and pinot noir blends in the 1930s to 1950s, and today these are some of Australia’s most sought-after reds. With a nod to Maurice, other wineries such as Tyrrells, Silkman, Giant Steps and Yarra Yering are reinventing this famous blend but Mount Pleasant is still the original. Wine critic Gary Walsh from The Wine Front says “it’s a beautiful wine. Something different, and quite special I feel”. It’s a special red blend and our price of only $27 a bottle (compared to its full price of $48) is also very special.

First Creek Shiraz 2017 is James Halliday’s highest rated red under $20 scoring a massive 97 points. James says “medium-bodied wine that captures the great vintage and frames it with a delicate framework or French oak. There are red fruit notes long with black, and fine, faintly earthy tannins adding to the texture of what will be a near-endless future” highlighting a drinking window to 2047. It sells at cellar door for $30, so our price of $19.95 a bottle is excellent value. We are down to the last 50 cases in the country, so suggest you act quickly to avoid disappointment.

The Hidden Label Hunter Valley Semillon 2017 (KHL 2712) is made by Australia’s most recognised semillon producer. Gary Walsh says “all from the HVD vineyard I believe. I'm told 2017 was a very good vintage for Hunter Semillon too...there's a softness and roundness to the acidity here that's very appealing…it’s long too. A lot of wine for your money here”. It is a lot of wine for your money at its cellar door price $25 and it must be Australia’s best value Semillon at $12 a bottle.

There is one wine that more than any other is credited with starting the chardonnay boom in Australia. It was Australia’s first commercially released chardonnay and is considered to be the Hunter Valley’s finest chardonnay. We are excited to be able to put this chardonnay under our Hidden Label. Tough marking wine critic Huon Hooke says of the Hidden Label Special Reserve Chardonnay 2016 (KHL 9879), tasted under its maker’s label that “the palate is delicate and refined, subtle and delicious, beautifully balanced and the oak is very understated. The acidity is beautifully lively and refreshing, an outstanding chardonnay”. It is available at cellar door for $80 a bottle. Our price of $29 a bottle is 64% off!

The Tyrrell’s Old Winery Shiraz 2018 is the ultimate bargain and the perfect everyday drink at an amazingly low price - and it’s still available. Wine critic Sam Kim from Wine Orbit says it’s “delightfully fruited and inviting”. You know the drill. The cellar door price is $15 a bottle, our price is $11.90. Not bad but…drum roll…if you buy six we will give you six free - this equates to an incredible $5.95 a bottle. It can’t last forever, so don’t miss out.

Call a wine advisor on 13 888 1, email your order to orders@kemenys.com or order online.

Mount Pleasant Mount Henry Shiraz Pinot Noir 2017

It's a beautiful wine. Something different, and quite special I feel

A blend of 70% Shiraz and 30% Pinot Noir. Small production. Big heart. It's a wine that most often brings a smile to my face, and for a slightly jaded animal such as myself, that's something of a small joy. Fine, perfumed, juicy, supple, are words that roll quickly off the keyboard as I taste. In terms of detail, well I'm thinking raspberry, a touch of smokiness, chocolate wrappers and other happy things. There's a gentle graininess to the tannin, a coolness to the acidity, and a fine almost savoury finish. It's a beautiful wine. Something different, and quite special I feel. Alcohol: 13.5%. Drink: 2019-2037+. Price: $48. Rating 95+/100.

Gary Walsh, The Wine Front

Mount Pleasant Mount Henry Shiraz Pinot Noir 2017 96/100

$27.95 RRP $48.00 SAVE 42%

This wine captures the history of the Mount Pleasant label as well as the company's ability to innovate. Built in the mould of the classic Hunter River Burgundy blend, it has all of the red-berry lift and the region's natural acidity to underwrite freshness and drinkability. Winemaker Adrian Sparks' skill is evident, with a tease of whole bunch spice affording it another level of sapidity and complexity. Vivacious, bright crimson colour. Fresh as a daisy. An instantly compelling nose of plums, turned earth, pot-pourri, wild strawberries and raspberry liqueur. Red berries are concentrated and chalky tannins carry right through to a bright toffee apple acidity. It's a delicious wine with time no threat to it. Rating: 96/100.

Nick Butler, The Real Review

First Creek Shiraz 2017

"captures the great vintage", James Halliday

A medium-bodied wine that captures the great vintage and frames it with a delicate framework or French oak. There are red fruit notes along with black, and fine, faintly earthy tannins adding to the texture of what will be a near-endless future. Alcohol: 13.5%. Closure: screwcap. Date tasted: Jul 2019. Drink by: 2047. Price: $30. Rating: 97/100.

James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion

First Creek Shiraz 2017 97/100

$19.95 RRP $30.00 SAVE 34%

Hidden Label Hunter Valley Semillon   2017 (KHL 2712)

"a lot of wine for your money here", Gary Walsh

All from the HVD vineyard I believe. I'm told 2017 was a very good vintage for Hunter Semillon too. Lemon barley, lemongrass, talc and ester perfume. There's a softness and roundness to the acidity here that's very appealing, which along with ample lemon/lime flavour and a delightful chalky texture, makes it immediately appealing. It's long too. A lot of wine for your money here. Alcohol: 11%. Closure: screwcap. Date tasted: May 17. Drink: 2017-2027+. Price: $25. Rating: 94/100.

Gary Walsh, The Winefront

Hidden Label Hunter Valley Semillon 2017 (KHL 2712) 94/100

$12.00 RRP $25.00 SAVE 52%

Hidden Label Special   Reserve Chardonnay 2016 (KHL 9879)

"an outstanding chardonnay", Huon Hooke

Bright, light to medium yellow colour; citrus fruits are showing, lemon and grapefruit. The palate is delicate and refined, subtle and delicious, beautifully balanced and the oak is very understated. The acidity is beautifully lively and refreshing, an outstanding chardonnay. It shows more acid than normal. Drink: 2018-2030. Price: $80. Rating: 95/100.

Huon Hooke, HuonHooke.com Click here to HuonHooke.com

Hidden Label Special Reserve Chardonnay 2016 (KHL 9879) 96/100

$29.00 RRP $80.00 SAVE 64%

Tyrrells Old Winery Shiraz 2018

Buy 6 get 6 free - equates to an incredible $5.95 a bottle

Delightfully fruited and inviting, the wine shows dark plum, cranberry, vanilla and mixed spice characters with a touch of floral lift on the nose. The palate delivers bright fruit intensity and smooth mouthfeel, beautifully complemented by silky texture and polished tannins, finishing long and juicy. At its best: now to 2022. Dated tasted: May 2019. Price: $15. Rating: 91/100.

Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

Tyrrells Old Winery Shiraz 2018 92/100

$11.90 RRP $13.00 SAVE 8%

 






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