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Hunter Valley Wines
Wines of The Hunter Valley
Hunter Valley wines are unique to the region, thanks to its climate, its soils and the experience of its growers and producers. Over 180 years young, the Hunter Valley is home to over 150 wineries and cellar doors as well as a myriad of activities and gourmet delights. Famous throughout Australia and the world, Hunter Valley wines have a unique range of flavours that could tempt almost any palate.
The region's most popular variety is the Hunter Valley Semillon. A wine Tyrrells Wines has become renowned for in the Hunter Valley, the Semillon is a dry white that is generally best left to mature. The Semillon is crisp, lemony and grassy when young and more complex, with toasty vanilla and honey flavours when mature.
Another popular white is the Hunter Valley Chardonnay. Introduced to the region in the 1960s, the Chardonnay has become very popular and is now offered by most producers in the Hunter Valley. Each Chardonnay will differ slightly, with some offering a stronger oaky flavour than others, but most will favour a peaches and cream flavour common to the area.
The Hunter Valley Shiraz is a medium-bodied red with soft spices and velvety textures that has become a region favourite. 2012 proved to be a successfull yeat for Shiraz with 8 awards won at the 2012 Hunter Valley Wine Show with De Iuliis Wines, a small boutique winery, and owner of Cracked Pepper Restaurant, taking home 4 awards this year.