The Hunter had a good 2013, albeit punctuated with a fair old dump of rain. I worked part of the vintage there so I’m always keen to see what comes out into the market place. I’ve seen vintages of Bilgavia Semillon and Chardonnay, but the reds are pair of new beasts entirely. Bottled in extremely attractive packaging with the Stelvin Luxe and black tactile labels.
Bilgavia Estate Hunter Valley Shiraz, 2013
From the Broke-Fordwich sub-region of the Hunter. A confusing nose. Smells of much darker fruits than one usually expects from the Hunter; heading towards the serious end of the scale with cabernet-esque cassis and luscious molten chocolate.
Plenty of red and almost black currant fruit. Juicy, savoury and lip-smacky tannins with large swathes of dusty Hunter goodness and leather. There’s a decent line of youthful acidity as well, but this wine borders on muscular and thus becomes a slightly confusing prospect.
Bilgavia Estate Hunter Valley Pinot Noir, 2013
Pinot has a heritage place in the heart of the Hunter and it’s a shame there’s not more bottled.
Meaty and stinky with red cherry skin and just cooking red onion. Then the interplay of medium dusty Hunter-ness and cherry pips after you’ve sucked the flesh off.
Big. Ripe. Oak. Dark cherry and an almost plummy unique burst of fruit. Not a “pinot” in the delicate Burgundian sense. It’s a good, almost old-fashioned Hunter River Burgundy. A bit of a beast. It’s the rogue peacock that roosts on the roof of your house. I think I like it.