WINE: Oh, what a Hunter vintage

Stuart Hordern, senior winemaker at Brokenwood Wines with the five trophies won by its 2014 Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz. Picture: Simone de Peak‘‘STOCK up on the ’14 vintage, customers, it’s a cracker … the hype of the 2014 shiraz from the Hunter is not a myth. Top wines had beautiful fruit with good oak balance and will be treasures for years to come.’’
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‘‘One of the best shiraz classes the panel has ever seen. A joy to judge – revel in these rare years and stock up!’’

No, this is not a salesman’s spiel, it’s the 2015 Hunter Valley Wine Show judges giving enthusiastic praise to 2014 shiraz.

It’s the sort of acclaim that judges often give to Hunter semillons, but this year 2014 shiraz reds were the stars of the Singleton show.

That was reflected in the performance of the Brokenwood 2014 Graveyard Shiraz, which won five trophies and was given 96 points out of 100 in the 2014 named vineyard shiraz class.

The judges gave the wine the Seabrook Trophy for the best red of the show, the Hector Tulloch Trophy for the best shiraz, the Len Evans trophy for the best named vineyard wine, the Drayton Family Trophy for the best named vineyard red and the Alexander Munro Trophy for the best current-vintage or one-year-old shiraz.

Graveyard wines come from a vineyard off McDonalds Road, Pokolbin, which was dedicated but never used as a cemetery. The 2014 wine won’t go on sale until May next year and will sell for $250 a bottle.

Shiraz reds from 2014 won 15 gold medals. Eight of them are among the following list of 41 trophy- and gold medal-winning wines that can be bought now or in coming weeks:

Bruce Tyrrell from Tyrrell’s Wines.

First Creek 2014 Winemaker’s Reserve Chardonnay (Murray Tyrrell Trophy for best chardonnay of show, George Wyndham Trophy for best current-vintage or one-year-old chardonnay and 96-point top gold in 2014 chardonnay class): $60 at the First Creek winery, McDonalds Road, Pokolbin, and at firstcreekwines杭州夜网m.au.

McLeish Estate 2007 Reserve Semillon (Tyrrell Family Trophy for best named vineyard white and 96-point top gold in 2014 and older named vineyard semillon): $120 at the De Beyers Road, Pokolbin, cellar door or at mcleashhunterwines杭州夜网m.au.

Tyrrell’s 2013 Belford Chardonnay (H.J. Lindeman Trophy for best two-year-old and older chardonnay, top gold in 2014 and older named vineyard chardonnay class): $45 on release next October.

Briar Ridge 2013 Dairy Hill Shiraz (Elliott Family Trophy for best two-year-old shiraz and top gold in 2013 and older named vineyard shiraz) and Briar Ridge 2015 The Dam Verdelho (Jay Tulloch Trophy for best verdelho and top gold in 2015 verdelho class): $23 both at briarridge杭州夜网m.au and at the winery in Mount View Road, Mount View.

Pepper Tree 2011 Tallawanta Shiraz (James Busby Trophy for best three-year-old or older named vineyard shiraz and gold medal in 2013 andolder named vineyard shiraz): $140at the Halls Road, Pokolbin, cellar door and at peppertreewines杭州夜网m.au.

Bimbadgen 2015 Vermentino (best other white variety wine and top gold in 2015 other varieties white class): $24 at the cellar door in McDonalds Road, Pokolbin, at bimbadgen杭州夜网m.au and in some wine stores.

Bimbadgen 2014 SignatureMcDonalds Rd Shiraz $50 and Bimbadgen 2014 Signature Shiraz $50 (both gold medals in 2014 shiraz class) and Bimbadgen 2013 Signature Chardonnay (gold medal in 2013 and older chardonnay class): $45 all at the cellar door in McDonalds Road, Pokolbin, at bimbadgen杭州夜网m.au and in some wine stores.

First Creek 2011 Winemaker’s Reserve Semillon (gold medal in 2013 and older semillon class): $50 at the First Creek winery, McDonalds Road, Pokolbin, and at firstcreekwines杭州夜网m.au

McLeish Estate 2009 Reserve Semillon (gold medal in 2014 and older named vineyard semillon): $50 at the De Beyers Rd, Pokolbin, cellar door or at mcleashhunterwines杭州夜网m.au

Audrey Wilkinson 2014 Winemakers Selection Shiraz and Cockfighter’s Ghost 2014 Reserve Shiraz (gold medals in 2014 shiraz class): both $38 at the Audrey Wilkinson De BeyersRoad, Pokolbin, cellar door and at audreywilkinson杭州夜网m.au.

Audrey Wilkinson 2013 The Oakdale Chardonnay (gold medal in 2013 and older chardonnay class): $38 in Dan Murphy’s bottle shops, at the De Beyers Road, Pokolbin, cellar door and at audreywilkinson杭州夜网m.au

Silkman 2014 Reserve Shiraz (top gold in 2014 shiraz class): $45 and Silkman 2014 Reserve Chardonnay (gold medal in 2014 chardonnay class): $40 both available at silkmanwines杭州夜网m.au and at the Small Winemakers’ Centre, McDonalds Road, Pokolbin.

Two Rivers 2015 Stones Throw Semillon (gold medal in 2015 semillon class): $15 and Two Rivers 2013 Reserve Shiraz (gold medal in 2013 and older shiraz class): $28 both available at the 2 Yarrawa Road, Denman, cellar door, at tworivers杭州夜网m.au.

McGuigan 2013 Shortlist Semillon (gold medal in 2014 and older named vineyard semillon class): $30, McGuigan 2015 Shortlist Semillon (gold medal in 2015 named vineyard dry white class): $30, McGuigan 2013 Bin 9000 Semillon (gold medal in 2013 and older semillon class): $30 all available at the McGuigan cellar door, McDonalds Road, Pokolbin, and at mcguigan wines杭州夜网m.au.

McGuigan 2015 Shortlist Semillon (gold medal 2015 semillon class): major retailers, soon, $13.

Tempus Two 2014 Pewter Chardonnay (gold medal in 2014 and older named vineyard chardonnay): $35, Tempus Two 2009 Copper Zenith Semillon (gold medal in 2013 and older semillon class): $40 and Tempus Two 2013 Pewter Uno Shiraz (gold medal in 2013 and older shiraz class): $75 all available at cellar door on the corner of Broke and McDonald roads, Pokolbin, and at tempustwo杭州夜网m.au.

Hart and Hunter 2014 Twenty-Six Rows Chardonnay (gold medal in 2014 chardonnay class): $40 at Hart and Hunter cellar door in Deaseys Road, Pokolbkin, and at hartandhunter杭州夜网m.au.

Tinklers 2013 U and I Shiraz (gold medal in 2013 and older named vineyard shiraz): $45 at tinklers杭州夜网m.au, by phoning 49987435 and at the Pokolbin Mountains Road, Pokolbin, cellar door.

Wombat Crossing 2014 Semillon (gold medal in 2014 semillon class): $22 at the cellar door, 530 Hermitage Road, Pokolbin, at weekends or at wombatcrossing杭州夜网

Leogate 2013 Brokenback Shiraz (gold medal in 2013 and older shiraz class): $40 at leogate杭州夜网m.au and at the 1693 Broke Road, Pokolbin, cellar door.

McWilliam’s Mount Pleasant 2014 Eight Acres Semillon (top gold in 2014 semillon class): $27at the Mount Pleasant Marrowbone Road, Pokolbin, cellar door and at mountpleasantwines杭州夜网m.au.

McWilliam’s Mount Pleasant 2014 1946 Vines Rosehill Shiraz (gold medal in 2014 named vineyard shiraz class): released next October at $135.

Andrew Thomas 2013 Elenay Shiraz (gold medal in 2013 and older shiraz class): $45 and Andrew Thomas 2009 Cellar Reserve Braemore Semillon (gold medal in 2014 and older named vineyard semillon class): $50 both at thomaswines杭州夜网m.au and at the Small Winemakers’ Centre, in McDonalds Road, Pokolbin.

Marsh Estate 2008/9 Holly’s Block Semillon (gold medal in 2014 and older named vineyardsemillon class): $65 at the Deaseys Road, Pokolbin, cellar door or at marshestate杭州夜网m.au.

Brokenwood 2013 Shiraz (gold medal in 2013 and older shiraz class): $50 at the Brokenwood cellar door, McDonalds Road, Pokolbin, and at brokenwood杭州夜网m.au.

Briar Ridge 2015 Dairy Hill Semillon: $35 and Briar Ridge 2015 Karl Stockhausen Series Semillon: $28 (both gold medals in 2015 named vineyard dry white class) at briarridge杭州夜网m.au and at the winery in Mount View Road, Mount View.

Pepper Tree 2014 CF Block Limited Release Shiraz (gold medal in 2014 named vineyard shiraz class): $42 at the Halls Road, Pokolbin, cellar door, at peppertreewines杭州夜网m.au, Newcastle at Bar121, the Blackbutt Hotel and Rowies bottle shop.

Tallavera Grove 2013 Fenestella Shiraz (gold medal in 2013 and older shiraz class): $50 and Tallavera Grove 2015 Hunter Valley Semillon (gold medal in 2015 semillon class):$25 both at tallaveragrove杭州夜网m.au and at the Mount View Road, Mount View, cellar door.

Tyrrell’s 2014 Vat 9 Shiraz (gold medal in 2014 shiraz class): $85 and Tyrrell’s 2015 Johnno’s Semillon (96-point top gold in 2015 named vineyard dry white class): $60 both at the Broke Road, Pokolbin, cellar door and at tyrrells杭州夜网m.au.

Tyrrell’s 2005 Vat 1 Semillon (gold medal in 2013 and older semillon class): $150 on release next November.

Scholarship awarded

ANDREW Thomas Wines’ assistant winemaker Richard Done is the winner of the 2015 Alasdair Sutherland Scholarship, which honours the memory of one of the Hunter Valley’s most admired and respected winemakers, Alasdair Sutherland. The award was announced at the 2015 Hunter Valley Wine Show presentation luncheon on Friday at Cypress Lakes Resort at Pokolbin.

Standing ovation for shiraz

OF the seven trophies and 12 gold medals the Tyrrell’s family wine company won at last week’s Hunter Valley Wine Show, one that brought a standing ovation from the 420-strong crowd was the win by the 2004, 2009 and 2013 Johnno’s shiraz reds in the Iain Riggs Wine of Provenance Trophy.

The award was introduced in 2012 to highlight a group of wines reflecting a consistency of style and quality over time. The rules require entrants to submit three different vintages of the same labelled wine, covering a vintage spread of at least 10years.

Johnno’s vineyard, planted in 1908 below the winery, was called Long Flat up until 2002, when Tyrrell’s sold the Long Flat brand. The vineyard was renamed after fifth-generation family member, Bruce and Pauline Tyrrell’s son John.

The cheering crowd came to its feet as John and Bruce took to the podium to receive the award from Brokenwood chief winemaker-CEO Iain Riggs, who had a 25-year association with the Singleton-based show and headed the judging panel for 10years. Johnno’s vineyard brought Tyrrell’s further bling when the current-release $60 2015 Johnno’s Semillon won a 96-point top gold in the 2015 named vineyard dry white class.

Museum-stock wines that are no longer available gave Tyrrell’s a big haul of trophies and gold medals. The 2006 Vat 1 Semillon won the Petrie-Drinan Trophy for the best white of the show, the McGuigan Family Trophy for the best two-year-old and older semillon and the Maurice O’Shea Trophy for the best semillon. The 2007 Stevens Shiraz won the John Lewis-Newcastle Herald Trophy for the best museum red and the 2005 Belford Semillon won the Graham Gregory Trophy for the best museum white.

Brokenwood blitzed the red wines field with five trophies for its 2014 Graveyard Shiraz and won a sixth, the Ed Jouault Trophy for the best one-year-old dry semillon, with its 2014 Trevena Vineyard Semillon.

The 2014 Trevena and the 2014 Drayton’s Oakey Creek Vineyard Semillon both won gold medals in the 2014 and older named vineyard semillon class. Other golds were won by the now sold-out 2013 Verona Shiraz (in the 2013 and older named vineyard shiraz class), the 2013 ‘‘Baby Graveyard’’ Shiraz (in the 2013 and older shiraz class) and the as-yet-unreleased 2014 Kat’s and Dogs Block Shiraz. The latter comes from a former chardonnay block replanted to shiraz 11years ago from Graveyard vines.