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2016 Hunter's Semillon2016 Off-Dry Semillon2016 Wild Semillon2016 The Chase Semillon2017 Rosé2015 Estate Shiraz2015 Hunter's Shiraz2015 Hilltops Shiraz No.22015 Marksman’s Shiraz2014 Sparkling Shiraz2014 Rare Game Shiraz2015 Smoking Barrel RedNV Muscat20yr Old Tawny

2016

Relative to The Chase Semillon, we are sourcing fruit from blocks on heavier soils, offering bolder flavours and more structure. The principle sources being the dry-grown Vernon Vineyard in Mount View, and the 69’ and 89’ blocks of Semillon at the Somerset Vineyard. Ripeness levels from these vineyards / blocks are consistently higher (by around 0.5 Baume) than those servicing The Chase Semillon. The intention with this wine is to deliver a modern style of Hunter Semillon which offers outstanding early drinking appeal in combination with an ability to age over the short to medium term. The frame is still fine, but the flavours are more generous.

A perfect match to fresh seafood!

Video Tasting Notes

ALCOHOL 11.1%
PH 3.05
TA 7.1 g/L
RESIDUAL SUGAR 3.8 g/L

2016 Gundog Hunter’s Semillon Awards & Reviews:

  • SILVER MEDAL 2016 Hunter Valley Wine Show
  • SILVER MEDAL 2016 Royal Queensland Wine Show
  • 92 Points Qwine

2015 Gundog Hunter’s Semillon Awards & Reviews:

  • SILVER MEDAL 2016 Australian Boutique Winemakers Show
  • SILVER MEDAL 2015 Hunter Valley Wine Show
  • 93 Points Huon Hooke

2014 Gundog Hunter’s Semillon Awards & Reviews:

  • 92 Points Andrew Graham

2013 Gundog Hunter’s Semillon Awards & Reviews:

  • SILVER MEDAL 2013 Australian Boutique Wine Awards

2012 Gundog Hunter’s Semillon Awards & Reviews:

  • 94 Points James Halliday

2010 Gundog Hunter’s Semillon Awards & Reviews:

  • Gold Medal 2010 Australian Small Winemakers Show
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2016 2012 Off-Dry Semillon

This is a modern style of wine that serves to illustrate the versatility of Hunter Valley Semillon. The wine strikes a fine balance of acidity, alcohol and sweetness to offer an amazingly refreshing semi-sweet, low alcohol alternative.

The 2016 Off-Dry Semillon is a fine aperitif or accompaniment to fresh seafood dishes. 

ALCOHOL 8.54%
PH 3.04
TA 7.3g/L
RESIDUAL SUGAR 39 g/L
SOIL TYPE Clay Loam

2014 Gundog Off-Dry Semillon Awards & Reviews:

  • 91 Points James Halliday

2013 Gundog Off-Dry Semillon Awards & Reviews:

  • SILVER MEDAL 2013 NSW Small Winemaker’s Show

2012 Gundog Off-Dry Semillon Awards & Reviews:

  • 90 Points James Halliday
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2016 Wild Semillon

With the Wild Semillon, we push the boundaries of conventional winemaking by fermenting a portion of the wine on skins (like a red wine) using natural or “indigenous” yeast. The aim is to create a very textural and complex style of Semillon that showcases another side of this great wine grape.

The 2016 Wild Semillon is very aromatic, offering lemongrass, peach and some herbal tea notes. The palate is bright and fleshy with some residual sweetness there to offset phenolics (tannin) and acidity.

Because the wine is so textural and carries some residual sweetness, the Wild Semillon is an interesting proposition with food matching. The wine should hold up well to spicy, Thai-style dishes where acidity, saltiness and chilli are often offset by barely noticeable sweetness. It also partners well to roast pork or lighter poultry dishes.

ALCOHOL 10.4%
PH 3.09
TA 7.0 g/L
RESIDUAL SUGAR 8.3 g/L
SOIL TYPE Clay Loam

2016 Gundog Wild Semillon Awards & Reviews:

  • 93 Points Qwine
  • 90 Points Andrew Graham
  • 9 / 10 Regan Drew

2015 Gundog Wild Semillon Awards & Reviews:

  • 4.5 Stars John Lewis
  • Matthew Jukes’ 100 Best Australian Wines 2016 / 17

2014 Gundog Wild Semillon Awards & Reviews:

  • 2016 Australian Wine Vintages Top 100 Award
  • 94 Points James Halliday
  • 4.5 Stars John Lewis

2012 Gundog Wild Semillon Awards & Reviews:

  • 92 Points James Halliday
  • 92 Points Mike Bennie
  • 91 Points Gary Walsh
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2016

In 2015 we made the decision to change the name of the Poacher’s Semillon to “The Chase.” Given the live-wire nature of the wine, and our enduring chase for quality, we thought this name better reflected the style.

The Chase Semillon is all about quality. This is a flagship wine that is designed to showcase the quality of the variety, and source vineyards. The foundation of the 2016 blend are wines produced from blocks of old vine Semillon grown on lighter soils in the Somerset vineyard. These sites delivered beautifully balanced grapes, with fantastic purity of flavour. In the winery, double juice settling and racking was followed by cool fermentation. After four months on light lees, the wines were blended and gently fined prior to bottling.

True to the pedigree of the region, source vineyards, and variety, this is a wine that will age gracefully in the bottle over the next 10 to 15 years.

ALCOHOL 10.2%
PH 3.07
TA 7.1 g/L
RESIDUAL SUGAR 3.5 g/L
SOIL TYPE Pre-Cambrian Clay Loam

2016 The Chase Semillon Awards & Reviews

  • TOP GOLD 2016 National Wine Show
  • James Halliday’s Top 100 Wines for 2016 — 96 Points
  • GOLD MEDAL 2016 Winewise Small Vigneron Awards
  • GOLD MEDAL 2016 Hunter Valley Wine Show
  • SILVER MEDAL 2016 NSW Wine Awards
  • 94 Points Qwine
  • 93 Points Andrew Graham
  • 92 Points Campbell Mattinson
  • 5 Stars John Lewis

2015 The Chase Semillon Awards & Reviews

  • 95 Points James Halliday
  • 92 Points Huon Hooke
  • GOLD MEDAL 2015 NSW Small Winemaker’s Show
  • GOLD MEDAL 2015 Royal Queensland Wine Show
  • SILVER MEDAL 2016 Australian Boutique Winemakers Show
  • SILVER MEDAL 2015 NSW Wine Awards

2014 Gundog Estate Poacher’s Semillon Awards & Reviews:

  • 95 Points Rob Geddes MW
  • 95 Points James Halliday
  • 93 Points Huon Hooke
  • 93 Points Gary Walsh
  • Gold Medal 2014 Winewise Small Vigneron Awards
  • Silver Medal 2014 Australian Boutique Winemakers Show
  • Silver Medal 2014 NSW Wine Awards

2013 Gundog Estate Poacher’s Semillon Awards & Reviews:

  • GOLD MEDAL 2013 Australian Boutique Wine Awards
  • Silver Medal 2013 Hunter Valley Wine Show
  • 4.5 Stars John Lewis

2012 Gundog Estate Poacher’s Semillon Awards & Reviews:

  • 92 Points James Halliday
  • GOLD MEDAL 2013 Hunter Valley Boutique Wine Show
  • SILVER MEDAL 2013 NSW Small Winemaker’s Show
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2017

This premium Rosé has been produced entirely from cool climate Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz grapes grown in three Canberra District vineyards. Vibrantly coloured, this Rosé has enticing aromas of cherry, mulberry and spice. The palate features a delicate balance of flavour, acidity, and fine tannin.

The wine also boasts a refreshingly dry finish, making it very food friendly. It is best be enjoyed now or over the next two years.

ALCOHOL 12.8%
PH 3.31
TA 5.5 g/L
RESIDUAL SUGAR 2.8 g/L

2016 Gundog Estate Rosé Awards & Reviews:

  • 91 Points Qwine
  • 4.5 Stars John Lewis

2015 Gundog Estate Rosé Awards & Reviews:

  • 94 Points James Halliday

2014 Gundog Estate Rosé Awards & Reviews:

  • 93 Points James Halliday
  • 92 Points Mike Bennie
  • 92 Points Campbell Mattinson
  • Silver Medal 2014 Winewise Small Vigneron Awards

2013 Gundog Estate Rosé Awards & Reviews:

  • SILVER MEDAL & TOP OF CLASS 2013 NSW Small Winemaker’s Show
  • 91 Points Campbell Mattinson

2010 Gundog Estate Rosé Awards & Reviews:

  • GOLD – TROPHY NSW Small Winemakers Show
  • Gold Medal Australian Small Winemakers Show
  • Silver Medal Cairns Wine Show
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2015

Our Estate Shiraz continues to tell a single vineyard story, with fruit sourced exclusively from the Dahlberg Vineyard in Murrumbateman. Here, we have the luxury of working with three different clones of Shiraz, each delivering very distinct wines year to year. The 2015 Estate Shiraz is a blend of Bests (33%), SA1654 (26%), and BRVC12 (36%) clones, with 5% Viognier included in each of the batches. Fermentation was allowed to commence naturally in open top tanks after a 3-day cold soak period, and then over-seeded with M2 yeast. Maturation was carried out over 12 months in 30% new French oak puncheons. The 2015 season certainly looks like going down as one of the greats from the Canberra District, with wines already showing amazing poise and balance, particularly when compared to the much warmer bookend vintages of 2014 and 2016. There is also lovely tension and drive across the palate with this release, ultimately delivering unprecedented length of flavour, relative to the other wines we have produced from the region thus far. A wine like this really typifies the style and quality of Shiraz produced in the Canberra district. I suggest cellaring for a minimum period of 3 years, with maximum cellaring potential being closer to 15 years.

Try with red meat or game dishes.

ALCOHOL 14.3%
PH 3.53
TA 6.6 g/L
RESIDUAL SUGAR Nil
SOIL TYPE Pre-Cambrian Clay Loam

2015 Gundog Estate Shiraz Awards & Reviews:

  • 9 / 10 Regan Drew
  • GOLD MEDAL 2016 Winewise Small Vigneron Awards
  • SILVER MEDAL 2016 NSW Small Winemakers Show
  • 93 Points Qwine
  • 92 Points Andrew Graham
  • 92 Points Mike Bennie
  • 91 Points Huon Hooke

2014 Gundog Estate Shiraz Awards & Reviews:

  • 96 points James Halliday
  • 92 Points Andrew Graham
  • 94 Points Campbell Mattinson
  • 9.1/10 Points Max Crus
  • SILVER MEDAL 2015 NSW Wine Awards

2013 Gundog Estate Shiraz Awards & Reviews:

  • 95 Points James Halliday
  • Silver Medal 2014 Australian Boutique Winemakers Show
  • Silver Medal 2014 NSW Small Winemakers Show

2012 Gundog Estate Shiraz Awards & Reviews:

  • 94 Points James Halliday
  • 94 Points Campbell Mattinson
  • 92 Points Huon Hooke

2010 Gundog Estate Shiraz Awards & Reviews:

  • GOLD – NSW TOP 40 WINES 2010 NSW Wine Awards
  • Silver Medal 2010 NSW Small Winemakers Show
  • Silver Medal 2010 Winewise Small Vigneron Awards
  • Silver Medal 2010 Cowra Wine Show
  • Silver Medal 2010 Murrumbateman Cool Climate Wine Show
  • Silver Medal 2010 Rutherglen Wine Show

 

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2015

The 2015 Hunter’s Shiraz is produced from two dry grown blocks of Shiraz (45 and 50 years old) at the Somerset Vineyard in Pokolbin. I believe the 2015 Hunter’s Shiraz serves to illustrate how we view the variety in this region. I like to cold soak the processed fruit for 3 to 4 days prior to fermentation, which I run warm to hot (up to 32 degrees Celsius) over a 5 to 7 day period. Its then off to top quality French oak puncheons (30% new) for a 9 month maturation period prior to blending and bottling. This approach is all about preserving fruit purity, and more importantly, regional identity. To me, the best Hunter Shiraz are medium bodied in style, never really exceeding 14% alcohol, and feature savoury, yet supple tannins, wound into a palate which is directed by a fine line of natural acidity.

Try with red meat or game dishes. 

ALCOHOL 14.1%
PH 3.63
TA 6.3 g/L
SOIL TYPE Clay Loam

2015 Gundog Hunter’s Shiraz Awards & Reviews:

  • 94 points James Halliday
  • 92 Points Andrew Graham
  • 4.5 Stars John Lewis
  • 91 Points Campbell Mattinson

2014 Gundog Hunter’s Shiraz Awards & Reviews:

  • 4.5 Stars John Lewis
  • 95 Points James Halliday
  • 92+ Points Andrew Graham
  • 94 Points Campbell Mattinson

2013 Gundog Hunter’s Shiraz Awards & Reviews:

  • 4 ½ Stars John Lewis
  • 92+ Points, Campbell Mattinson

2011 Gundog Hunter’s Shiraz Awards & Reviews:

  • 94 Points James Halliday

 

2015 2015 Hilltops Shiraz No.2

As the name implies, the 2015 Hilltops Shiraz No.2 is our second release of Shiraz from this exciting region. Like the preceding Hilltops Shiraz No.1, released earlier this year, this wine is produced from fruit grown at the Freeman Vineyard near Prunevale. Contrasting winemaking approaches have, however, delivered very distinct wines. Where the Hilltops Shiraz No.1 was about highlighting the generosity of pure fruit flavour from the region, No.2 looks at how that intensity of fruit might be tempered, and complexing layers added, through the use of oak and maturation time. As such, the Hilltops Shiraz No.2 spends an additional 3 months (12 in total) in 25% new French oak puncheons (versus 20%). This release is also a little warmer to bottle at 14.4%, which the wine seems to take it in its stride quite comfortably. This is definitely a generous style of Shiraz; layered and complex, with sweet fruit giving way to spice and more savoury notes across the palate. Such intensity, delivered with signature cool climate poise, is definitely that thing that gets me most excited about working with Shiraz from this region.

ALCOHOL 14.4%
PH 3.63
TA 6.5 g/L

2015 Hilltops Shiraz No.2 Awards & Reviews:

  • 9 / 10 Regan Drew
  • 4.5 Stars John Lewis
  • 94 Points Campbell Mattinson
  • GOLD MEDAL 2016 NSW Small Winemakers Show
  • SILVER MEDAL 2016 NSW Wine Awards
  • 92 points Qwine
  • 90 Points Huon Hooke

2015 Hilltops Shiraz No.1 Awards & Reviews:

  • GOLD MEDAL 2016 Australian Boutique Winemakers Show
  • 95 points James Halliday
  • 4.5 Stars John Lewis
  • 90 Points Campbell Mattinson
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2015 2015 Marksman Shiraz

With three clones of Shiraz to work with, the key points of difference between the Estate Shiraz and Marksman’slargely comes down to the clones used, and the oak regime. Where the 2015 Estate Shiraz was a fairly even blend of SA1654, BRVC12, and Best’s clones, the Marksman’s is based on a blend of 40% BRVC12, and 55% Best’s, with 5% Viognier. The SA1654 afforded the Estate Shiraz a little more generosity whereas, with longer-term ageing potential in mind, we focussed on the more structural characteristics of the other two clones for the Marksman’s blend. Stylistically, this was enhanced through an additional 2 months’ maturation in barrel (14 months in total), with tighter-grained Vallaurine and Mercurey puncheons delivering the 30% new oak component. Only French oak was used across the blend. I see really impressive depth of flavour in the 2015 Shiraz from Canberra, though most excitingly (to my palate at least!) is the tension, brightness, and persistence these wines are showing.

ALCOHOL 14.4%
PH 3.54
TA 6.6g/L
RESIDUAL SUGAR 2.5g/L
SOIL TYPE Pre-Cambrian Clay Loam

2015 Marksman Shiraz Awards:

  • 94 Points Huon Hooke
  • 94 Points Campbell Mattinson
  • 94 Points Qwine
  • 93 Points Andrew Graham

2014 Marksman Shiraz Awards:

  • 95 points James Halliday
  • 95 Points Gourmet Traveller WINE Magazine, Top 100 New Releases
  • 95 Points Huon Hooke
  • 95 Campbell Mattinson
  • 93 Points Andrew Graham

2013 Marksman Shiraz Awards:

  • 95 Points James Halliday
  • 94 Points Campbell Mattinson

2012 Marksman Shiraz Awards:

  • 95 Points James Halliday
  • 95 Points Campbell Mattinson

2010 Marksman Shiraz Awards:

  • 93+ points Campbell Mattinson
  • 93 points Gary Walsh

 

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2014 2014 Sparkling Shiraz

This is Gundog Estate’s first release of Sparkling Shiraz. As a wine style, Sparkling Shiraz is uniquely Australian, and offers an amazingly different way to enjoy this classic grape variety. Our wine is produced from Shiraz grown on old vines in the Will’s Hill and Somerset vineyards in the heart of the Hunter Valley. We fermented the wine in open tanks, before pressing off to top quality French oak barrels for 12 months maturation. The wine then underwent a second fermentation in a pressurized tank, prior to bottling. The 2014 Sparkling Shiraz may be enjoyed now, or after 5 years in the cellar. Serve well chilled.

ALCOHOL 13.8%
PH 3.41
TA 7.3 g/L
RESIDUAL SUGAR Nil
SOIL TYPE Pre-Cambrian Clay Loam

 

2014 2014 Sparkling Shiraz

This very special wine is produced from Shiraz grown on some of the most highly regarded terroirs in the Hunter Valley. Red soils, low-cropping vines, and ruthless fruit selection have combined to deliver a modern style of Hunter Shiraz, from one of the great vintages of the century. Showing great complexity and poise, the wine offers a bold array of dark fruit flavours, charry French oak and spice, carried over a pure line of natural acidity and savoury tannin. We expect this Shiraz to age gracefully over the next 5 to 15 years.

ALCOHOL 13.6%
PH 3.48
TA 6.7 g/L
RESIDUAL SUGAR Nil
SOIL TYPE Pre-Cambrian Clay Loam

2014 Rare Game Shiraz Awards:

  • 97 points James Halliday
  • 94 Points Andrew Graham
  • 93+ Points Campbell Mattinson
  • 4.5 Stars John Lewis

 



2015 2014 Smoking Barrel Red

The 2015 Smoking Barrel Red is the second vintage of an eclectic blend of Shiraz from our Hunter and Canberra vineyards. The 2014 release proved to be amazingly popular, and we have similar expectations for the 2015 vintage. The blend started life as a playful exercise on the tasting bench during a broader classification of our 2014 reds. The theory was to marry the plum, blackberry and exotically spiced characters of the Murrumbateman Shiraz with the more savoury and earthy aromas of our old vine Hunter Shiraz parcels. Relative to the 2014 release (which was blended in fairly even ratios), we had a significantly reduced quantity of 2015 Hunter Shiraz available, which meant we were limited to a little over 10% in this wine. On the tasting bench we decided it was most definitely still worthwhile as an inclusion, being an amount that served to soften the young tannins of the Canberra component, and add a really lovely savoury element that enhanced the overall complexity of the blend.

ALCOHOL 13.9%
PH 3.56
TA 6.5g/L
RESIDUAL SUGAR Nil
SOIL TYPE Pre-Cambrian Clay Loam

2015 Smoking Barrel Red Awards & Reviews:

  • 94 points James Halliday
  • 91 points Huon Hooke
  • 91 Points Campbell Mattinson

2014 Smoking Barrel Red Awards & Reviews:

  • 95 Points James Halliday
  • 93+ points Campbell Mattinson
  • 4.5 Stars John Lewis

 



NV Muscat

This is a blend of carefully selected parcels of Rutherglen (NE Victoria) Muscat. Each component wine has spent between 10 to 15 years maturing in barrel. The resulting blend offers immense complexity and intensity of flavour, with sublime balance and outstanding length of flavour.

ALCOHOL 17.5%
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20 Year Old Tawny

This is a very special blend of South Australian Tawny. Each component of the blend has spent over 20 years maturing in barrel. A classic Tawny, offering amazing complexity and depth of flavour, with a smooth, nutty finish. It makes a fine companion to an after-dinner cheese plate.

ALCOHOL 20%