Vintage 2014 in the Hunter Valley
Possibly the best ever!
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"1937, 1954, 1965, 2014. If you’re lucky, you get one, maybe two of these vintages in your career. Make it count".
So tweeted McWilliams Mount Pleasant Chief Winemaker and Hunter Valley Wine Show Chairman of Judges, Jim Chatto.
In a welcome change to what is normally, rain affected Hunter vintages, 2014 presented perfect ripening conditions following the heavy November rains, and then lots of sunshine without any 40 degree plus days.
Little rain throughout January and February allowed Winemakers to harvest the fruits at optimum ripeness, rather than being dictated by the possibility of inclement weather.
All Hunter Valley varieties have been praised as some of the Hunter Valley’s best. Tyrrell’s Managing Director, Bruce Tyrrell commented, "My father Murray was famous for regularly declaring a ‘vintage of the century,’ well this is possibly the best of both this,and last century. We have already had significant enquiries from serious wine buying investors who are seeing the long term potential of the 2014 crop".
De Iuliis Wines Winemaker, Mike De Iuliis declared it a Gentleman’s Vintage. "If we needed a day off we were able to take it without the usual fear of rain setting in and affecting the quality of the fruit. I can’t remember a vintage which has been so relaxing, nor which has provided the most amazing grape quality for us to work with; as a winemaker, I will be lucky to see another vintage like 2014".
Hunter Valley 2014 Semillons will be bottled and available for sale commencing in coming weeks, whilst the 2104 reds will now serve their time maturing in their oak barrels until release later in 2015.
Report provided by the Hunter Valley Wine & Tourism Association Inc.
- Hunter Valley (NSW)
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