Rad-Reds: Top Picks

Following on from our Rad-Reds of The Hunter Valley article (find it here), here are our top picks!


Mt Eyre Vineyards

Avail. At The Garden Cellars

2017 Three Ponds Holman Nero D’Avola

The Nero D’Avola varietal is most famous in Sicily, on the slopes of the Etna Volcano. Mt Eyre Vineyards has pioneered the varietal in the Hunter Valley in the volcanic soils of Holman Estate Vineyard. Tasting of this wine is available daily at The Garden Cellars.

TASTING A rich palate displaying sweet cherries and plums with subtle oak, black pepper notes and subtle tannins.

FOOD MATCH Red meat and poultry as well as cheeses.

PRICE $45/ bottle

CELLARING Best enjoyed now or until 2030.


Hungerford Hill

2020 Classic Hunter Valley Shiraz

A colourful wine from a colourful year, through all the turmoil something bold, deep and enjoyable was created. The wine is a combination of flavour, softness with a surprising amount of depth. Soft perfumed notes of bramble and earth are just the beg

inning of this satisfying wine.

TASTING The palate is in the Hunter Valley medium bodied style and does not disappoint with lashings of juicy cherry fruit integrated with fine tannins throughout the palate and a fresh lingering a


FOOD MATCH Beef brisket or smoked quail with roasted potatoes.

PRICE $45/ bottle

CELLARING It’s ready now to drink and enjoy, but will age gracefully over the next decade or so.


Savannah Estate

2018 Hunter Valley Premium Shiraz

Savannah Estate Wines are produced from small select parcels of premium fruit grown in renowned viticulture regions throughout Australia. This Hunter Valley Premium Shiraz is soft, dry and long in true Hunter Shiraz style.

TASTING Upfront fruit flavours are of red fruits such as cranberry, alpine s

trawberry and spicy plum with the Mid palate of gamey with hints of black pepper, savoury spice and charred meat.

FOOD MATCH Steak and Kidney Pie

PRICE $70/ bottle (MEM $63)

CELLARING Now – 8 years


Kelman Vineyard

Barrel Reserve Shiraz 2019

Following in the tradition of the Trophy-winning 2017 vintage, this classic medium bodied Hunter Valley Shiraz was handpicked from an exceptional vintage and drawn from the best 5 new and seasoned French oak barrels.

TASTING It displays blue and red fruits and fine grained tannins. Wonderful length and finish.

FOOD MATCH Roast meats, tasty casseroles, tomato-based pasta dishes.

PRICE $40/ bottle (Limited stock)

CELLARING It’s ready now to drink and enjoy, but will age gracefully over the next decade or so.


Elbourne Wines

2018 “H.A.E” SHIRAZ

Our flagship estate Shiraz from only 4 acres of premium 40 year old vines. The terra rossa soils of the Pokolbin Hills create a full flavour & amazing depth for the “H.A.E”. The 2018 vintage was outstanding with hot, dry conditions resulting in an intense Shiraz with deep purple hues.

TASTING Dark ripe cherry palate & peppery nose.

FOOD MATCH Slow cooked beef cheeks

PRICE $65/ bottle

CELLARING Up to 2030


Petersons Wine

2018 Petersons Block 2 Cabernet Sauvignon – Mudgee

COLOUR Very dark, almost blackberry juice in colour with magenta and purple hues.

NOSE Ripe and juicy with lifted fruit aromas of stewed black fruits. This is supported by herbaceous nuances of rosemary and dried basil. There are also hints of vanilla bean and a waft of freshly roasted coffee.

TASTING Full bodied, layered, complex and long. The upfront fruit flavours are of ripe and juicy blood plum and mulberry. The mid palate is multi layered with biscuit like flavour, a slight herbal flavour of fresh lavender and hints of aniseed. The back palate is dry and astringent, yet soft and approachable.

FOOD MATCH Seared aged lamb rump with sweet potato mash and green beans, cassoulet, aged pecorino.

PRICE $50/ bottle

CELLARING 3 – 8 years.