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First Creek 'Hunter Valley' Chardonnay 2019

Special Price $22.00 Regular Price $30.00
Beautifully textural this chardonnay thanks to high quality fruit and 9 months spent in French oak, with plenty of lees stirring helping to build texture and develop flavour. Grapefruit, stonefruit, almond meal, citrus and toasty oak. A terrific drink over the next few years. James Halliday rates First Creek Wines as a 5 red star producer, his highest accolade and offers the following... ‘The quality of the wines has been consistently exemplary, and there is every reason to believe this will continue in the years to come.’
First Creek 'Hunter Valley' Chardonnay
Wine Specs
Variety
Chardonnay
Region
Hunter Valley, NSW
Vintage
2019
Winery
First Creek
Winemaker
Liz Silkman
Body
Medium
Sweetness
Dry
Drinking Window
Now - 2028
Bling
94pts James Halliday, 93pts Kim Brebach
Alcohol %
12
Closure
Screwcap
Size
750 mL
Biodynamic
No
James Halliday rates First Creek Wines as a 5 red star producer, his highest accolade and offers the following… ‘The quality of the wines has been consistently exemplary, and there is every reason to believe this will continue in the years to come.’ In a roundabout way First Creek began when Greg Silkman bought The Tamburlaine winery in 1986, then went on the acquire Allanmere wines before buying up quality land and vineyards. Winemaker Liz has an amazing palate as evidenced by her being awarded dux of the prestigious Len Evans Tutorial which James Halliday describes as the most exclusive wine school in the world. She had also been crowned Winemaker of the year at the Hunter Valley Legends awards. First Creek have exceptional vineyard resources in the Hunter Valley, Orange and Hilltops regions of NSW.
Hunter Valley, NSW

Region

Hunter Valley, NSW

Most notable for being the first major wine region in Australia, the Hunter Valley had vin ...
Most notable for being the first major wine region in Australia, the Hunter Valley had vines planted as early as 1789. The authorities at the time encouraged wine production, thinking that folks overindulging wine was preferable to filling up on strong spirits. Responsible Drinking back in the 1700's! History of Hunter Valley It was James Busby, after snapping up a chunk of the valley between Branxton and Singleton, who ushered in the region's (and in large part Australia's) presence on the world stage as a notable producer of acclaimed wines. Busby travelled throughout Europe and South Africa in 1831 collecting cuttings from over 500 vineyards, incl ... Read Full Article
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Chardonnay

Variety

Chardonnay

Chardonnay sits on the fence of many a wine enthusiast. Versatile, kind in nature and oh s ...
Chardonnay sits on the fence of many a wine enthusiast. Versatile, kind in nature and oh so compliant, however for most it's still dressed in attire that's so distinctly... 90s. Shoulder pads, overalls and bike shorts saw this particular version of white wine with such a wooded vengeance, we were practically asking the chefs to take the butter out of the meals to make way for it. Thankfully however, times are a changin'. Underneath all that 90s getup reveals elegance and sophistication and Australia is doing its bit to make Chardy interesting again. Read Full Article
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First Creek Wines

Winery

First Creek Wines

First Creek have exceptional vineyard resources in the Hunter Valley, Orange and Hilltops ...
First Creek have exceptional vineyard resources in the Hunter Valley, Orange and Hilltops regions of NSW. In a roundabout way they began when Greg Silkman bought The Tamburlaine winery in 1986, then went on to acquire Allanmere Wines before buying up even more high quality vineyards. Winemaker Liz has an amazing palate which is evident by her being awarded dux of the prestigious Len Evans tutorial, which James Halliday describes as the most exclusive wine school in the world. She has also been crowned Winemaker of the year at the Hunter Valley Legends awards. We can very happily vouch for their quality, as does James Halliday. Halliday rates Fir ... Read Full Article
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First Creek Wines
First Creek Wines

First Creek have exceptional vineyard resources in the Hunter Valley, Orange and Hilltops regions of NSW. In a roundabout way they began when Greg Silkman bought The Tamburlaine winery in 1986, then went on to acquire Allanmere Wines before buying up even more high quality vineyards. Winemaker Liz has an amazing palate which is evident by her being awarded dux of the prestigious Len Evans tutorial, which James Halliday describes as the most exclusive wine school in the world. She has also been crowned Winemaker of the year at the Hunter Valley Legends awards. First We can very happily vouch for their quality, as does James Halliday. Halliday rates First Creek Wines as a 5-red star producer, and offers the following… ‘The quality of the wines has been consistently exemplary, and there is every reason to believe this will continue in the years to come.’

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Chardonnay
Chardonnay

Chardonnay sits on the fence of many a wine enthusiast. Versatile, kind in nature and oh so compliant, however for most it's still dressed in attire that's so distinctly... 90s. Shoulder pads, overalls and bike shorts saw this particular version of white wine with such a wooded vengeance, we were practically asking the chefs to take the butter out of the meals to make way for it. Thankfully however, times are a changin'. Underneath all that 90s getup reveals elegance and sophistication and Australia is doing its bit to make Chardy interesting again.

Read more
Hunter Valley, NSW
Hunter Valley, NSW

Most notable for being the first major wine region in Australia, the Hunter Valley had vines planted as early as 1789. The authorities at the time encouraged wine production, thinking that folks overindulging wine was preferable to filling up on strong spirits. Responsible Drinking back in the 1700's!

History of Hunter Valley

It was James Busby, after snapping up a chunk of the valley between Branxton and Singleton, who ushered in the region's (and in large part Australia's) presence on the world stage as a notable producer of acclaimed wines. Busby travelled throughout Europe and South Africa in 1831 collecting cuttings from over 500 vineyards, including Syrah from Hermitage in the Rhône. Many of these were planted in the Hunter, and notables like George Wyndham (Wyndham Estate) used cuttings from Busby's Kirkton vineyards. By 1876 there were approximately 1800 vines in the Hunter, and vineyards were growing north and south along the valley.

And all the hard work was paying off with acclaim on the world stage. Reds, Muscat and Sparkling were well received at the Paris Exhibition in 1855, and a Hunter Valley sparkling is on record as winning the honour of being served to Napoleon III at the close of the show. On ya!

As an old region, all the Aussie regulars are grown there, but the heat and humidity in the area have a tremendous influence of flavour. shiraz tends to be earthy and fruity, and ages very well in the cellar. The real standouts are Chardonnay and Semillon. Hunter Chardys are rich and peachy; Semillons bafflingly oaky when aged despite never touching wood. Today as many as 132 wineries operate in the region.

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