BOB'S Hunter Centric Blog from AROUND HERMITAGE
I was a little surprised to read in the excellent Forbes magazine Laura Parker interview with Jo Thomas, of the Hunter Valley Wine Tourism Association, how little recognition there appeared to be in Laura’s view, of the Hunter Valley wine region within Australia. Laura Parker did, however, title the article “Australia’s Hunter Valley is the next Big Wine Region to Watch”.
We often take pride in our recognition in the UK but have we been doing enough to promote our region with increasing competition from newer regions as well as the old ones? Have we slipped under the radar that much?
Where the hell are you!!!
Have the big broad acre wines from South Australia, famous for their fortified wines in the nineteenth and early twentieth century and now big and bold and at times almost undrinkable reds taken over? Of course, our modern Australian export industry has been built on the reds of Barossa, Coonawarra and Great Western, etc. Shiraz is the most planted red varietal in Australia and its characteristics certainly reflect the place from where it comes. Big, bold and in your face! Great for BBQ’s but also many outstanding wines that will go on forever. Not to detract from these OTT wines but time to discover a more approachable alternative.
While the other regions were into Port and Sherry The Hunter was pioneering the production of fine table wines with elegance and character, producers such as Lindeman, Wyndham, Kelman, O’Shea, Mount Pleasant, Tyrrell and Lake all sought to make wines to entice the palate. Will all this effort be lost?
Now we often think the Australian wine industry is fairly young but in fact, it traverses four centuries from the late 1700s onwards, and the Hunter has been involved in wine production from the 1820s. In that time the European