Hope Basalt Block Shiraz 2018
Pepper and spice, with some blackberry undertones and cedary oak. A smooth, juicy palate of intense berry fruits, spicy plums, and an underlying earthy savoriness. Balanced acidity along with integrated vanillin oak and soft silky tannins give the wine great mouth-feel and length.
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Hope Estate is perfectly located in the heart of Hunter Valley wine country - less than 2 hours drive north of Sydney. Award-winning craft beer, Estate-grown wine and home to the biggest concerts going around. The Estate is also home to Australia’s largest purpose-built outdoor concert amphitheater that hosts an array of legendary international performers each concert season. Hope Estate is dedicated to making sensational wines, we are firm believers in estate-grown varietal wines.
Most admired for citrus-driven, mineral-rich and often age-worthy Semillon wines, Hunter Valley is one of Australia’s oldest wine regions and was home to its very first commercial vineyards. The region’s warm summer nights coupled with autumn cloud cover and cool sea breezes allow full ripening and healthy acidity levels for Semillon; its diverse soils of volcanic basalt and white alluvial sands promote the development of Semillon’s delicate aromas. Hunter Valley Semillons can certainly be enjoyed in their youth but with 10 to 20 years in the cellar, the best examples develop intriguing notes of honey, browned butter and roasted nuts.
Chardonnay and Shiraz also do well in Hunter Valley.
Marked by an unmistakable deep purple hue and savory aromatics, Syrah makes an intense, powerful and often age-worthy red. Native to the Northern Rhône, Syrah achieves its maximum potential in the steep village of Hermitage and plays an important component in the Red Rhône Blends of the south, adding color and structure to Grenache and Mourvèdre. Syrah is the most widely planted grape of Australia and is important in California and Washington. Sommelier Secret—Such a synergy these three create together, the Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre trio often takes on the shorthand term, “GSM.”