IN THE KNOW: Agnew Wines assistant winemaker Xanthe Hatcher will be at Wickham hosting Saturday’s Audrey Wilkinson and Poole’s Rock tastings.HUNTER Valley 2014 vintage reds have received rave reviews from wine critics and on Saturday the ordinary Joe and Josephine will get the chance to sample 24 of them from 10 top producers.
The wines come from the Andrew Thomas, Audrey Wilkinson, Poole’s Rock, Briar Ridge, Pepper Tree, Tallavera Grove, First Creek, Gundog Estate, Meerea Park and Tinklers brands.
On hand to present their wines and chat with tasters will be Andrew Thomas,First Creek managing director-chief winemaker Greg Silkman, Agnew Group assistant winemakerXanthe Hatcher, Tinklers winemaker Usher Tinkler and Gundog Estate assistant winemaker Nick Connaughton.
TheHunter Showcase of 2014is being held at the Bottle-Oliquor store in Throsby St, Wickham, from 1pm to 4pm on July 16.Admission is $10 and tickets are available at the store and on 4962 5514.
Most the wines available for tasting and purchase are 2014 shiraz reds, which have been acclaimed as among the best of the century.
Providing a note of diversity, Tallavera Grove will be offering a tasting of “Foot Stomped” 2014 Sagrantino – a rare Italian variety planted in the Mount View vineyard of geologist-turned-vigneron Dr John Davis, whose wine empire also includes Pepper Tree and Briar Ridge,
Other offbeat 2014s will be the Audrey Wilkinson Malbec, the Tinklers PMR Merlot, and the Meerea Park Indie, a blend of shiraz and the white marsanne variety.
The shiraz wines on offer are: the First Creek Winemakers Reserve and Premium; the Andrew Thomas DJV, Sweetwater and Elenay; the Tinklers Steep Hill, U and I and Old Vines; the Agnew Group’s Audrey Wilkinson Winemakers Selection and Poole’s Rock; the Briar Ridge Karl Stockhausen Signature and Dairy Hill Single-Vineyard; the Gundog Estate Rare Game; the Meerea Park XYZ and Hell Hole; the Pepper Tree Limited-Release and Coquun; the Tallavera Grove Fenestella and 2014 shiraz.The Gundog Estate 2014 Rare Game Shiraz, the Meerea Park 2014 XYZ Shiraz and the Andrew Thomas 2014 Sweetwater Shiraz will be for sale at Saturday’s tasting.
VALE KEITH BARRYTHE Hunter Valley wine industry is mourning the sudden passing of Keith Barry, one of itsmost skilled and respected viticulturists.Keith, who was vineyard manager for Brokenwood Wines, died suddenly on June 26 at the age of 65. Heworked in Hunter Valley vineyards for more than 43 years and served 24 vintages at Brokenwood.In 2013 he and his daughter Katrina were joint winners of the viticulturist of the year title at the Hunter Valley Wine Awards.