The Hunter valley is such a great place for a relaxing and inspiring short break! After spending the last couple of days visiting and discovering smaller vineyards, I thought I would share my new top favourite with you..!
Wollombi Wines is a gorgeous little boutique vineyard in the lower Hunter Valley. The views are breathtaking and the property is full of charm and quirky details. The first vines were planted in 1994 by the Hoft family, and all the work is still carried out by their lovely family members. Peter, the owner, assisted us with the tasting and was delightful, fun and entertaining. While knowledgeable and informative, he was also extremely down to earth and realistic about people’s tastes and preferences. While the wines are true to the region, they are also smoother and easier to drink than some of the more complex types. The White splash is the best example of that, a gorgeous clean fresh white wine you can enjoy by itself on a sunny afternoon!
Below is the selection of our personal favorites…quite a few of them!
Has a generous flavoured style, with varietal characteristics of tropical fruit and is well balanced with subtle acidity.
2009 White Splash:
A light fun wine with good fruit flavours.
GREAT WITH: Caviar, foie gras, smoked salmon, burgers or breakfast.
2010 Bella Frizzante:
A vibrant red wine with fruity aromas showing spice and red currants. The palate has generous fruit driven flavour and sweetness, with a gentle spritz.
Luscious fruit flavours across the palate. Lovely drink now and will get even better with age.
GREAT WITH: Deserves a good steak or casserole and good company.
A light elegant wine , with a peppery, spicy, berry nose. Medium bodied with a well textured structure and very fine tannins.
We are now fully stocked up for a few Nibblish meals!
The bottles are also really reasonably priced – between $16-22 per bottle. Great value given the quality you would normally get for that price in your local liquor store!
Make sure you make Wollombi wines part of your itinerary next time you’re going up to the Hunter and say hi to Peter for me! If you’re not planning to go anytime soon, you can place an online order here. They even offer free delivery to all major cities in Australia.
Wollombi NSW 2325