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HUNTER AND NEW SOUTH WALES ★★★★★

STAR OF AUSTRALIA & STAR OF HUNTER AND NEW SOUTH WALES

Nugan Estate Scruffy’s Shiraz 2015

Barton Brownsdon & Sadler £12.99 Judged a lovely, crowdpleasing, approachable wine, with a striking, simple label that draws you in, this oozed chocolate and spice aromas, with an opulent but silky mouth-filling palate, lifted by vibrant acidity on a lingering finish.

STAR OF AUSTRALIA

★★★★★

Calabria Family Wines 3 Bridges Durif 2016

Looking for distribution £14.75 Deemed good value, the bold, simple and clean design presented well, with aroma and palate variously described as fun, herby and juicy, with great mouthfeel and silky tannins, finishing vibrant and long.

★★★★★

Calabria Family Wines Private Bin Vermentino 2016

Looking for distribution £8.85 With a cool Italian feel to the label, this well-priced wine was well pitched for the target market. Zesty, floral and lime-scented, with hints of olive and greengage on the palate, this had an easy-drinking quality but with good persistence and length.

★★★★★

Tyrrell’s Wines Winemaker’s Selection Vat 1 Hunter Semillion 2013

John E Fells & Sons £37 A very classic-looking label, fitting the classic wine inside the bottle, with a fair price for the quality delivered. Packed with toasty, citrus-tinged, beeswax and baked apple notes on both nose and palate, with fresh lime zest acidity adding to the complexity of this poised wine.

★★★★★

Berton Vineyards Metal Range Vermentino 2017

Hallgarten Druitt & Novum Wines £10.99 Bold and striking in presentation, suggestive of the well-structured, vibrant and approachable style inside the bottle. This ripe, medium-bodied wine offered up a medley of plum and black fruit, with hints of mint and tobacco, and enough bite to meet quite punchy food flavours.

★★★★★

Nugan Estate Third Generation Shiraz 2016

Barton Brownsdon & Sadler £9.50 Good structure and complexity for the money, this jazzy, lively looking wine was deemed one for the youth vote. Mixing spicy nuances, black plum and bramble fruits, in ripe, fleshy, warm depths, this easy-drinker had good structure and mouthfeel.

★★★★★

Agnew Wines Audrey Wilkinson Shiraz 2014

Aussie Rules Wines £14.99 Spot on with pricing and announced by an approachable, easy-to-understand label, this was packed with ripe, rich red fruits, spicy cloves and pepper, hints of oaky vanilla, being fleshy and chunky and complex throughout.

★★★★

Leogate Estate Wines Brokenback Vineyard Shiraz 2014 Looking for distribution £12

★★★★

★★★★

Tyrrell’s Wines Winemaker’s Selection Vat 47 Hunter Chardonnay 2013 John E Fells & Sons £37

★★★★

Tyrrell’s Wines Hunter Valley Semillon 2017

John E Fells & Sons £18

★★★★

Nugan Estate Third Generation Chardonnay 2016

Barton Brownsdon & Sadler £9.50

★★★★

Leogate Estate Wines Balmain 2015

Nugan Estate McLaren Parish Shiraz 2016

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★★★★

Looking for distribution £6

Leogate Estate Wines La Perouse 2016 Looking for distribution £6

★★★★

Calabria Family Wines Calabria Private Bin Nero D’Avola 2016 Looking for distribution £8.85

★★★★

Grove Estate Wines Sommita Nebbiolo 2016 Looking for distribution £26.52

★★★★

Grove Estate Wines The Partners Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Looking for distribution £14.73

Barton Brownsdon & Sadler £18

Nugan Estate Alfredo Dried Grape Shiraz 2015

Barton Brownsdon & Sadler £18

★★★★

Nugan Estate Beelgara Estate Chardonnay 2017

Looking for distribution £6.47

★★★★

Nugan Estate Beelgara Moscato Frizante 2017 Looking for distribution £8.83

★★★★

Nugan Estate Beelgara Estate Rosé 2017 Looking for distribution £6.47

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