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Hunter Valley

The Hunter is the birthplace of fine Australian wine, where tracks are made through rolling hills – now lush and green, thanks to recent rain – that lead to some of the most iconic and innovative wineries in the country. You’ll find it all: from humble boutiques to grand old brands, stalwart family run affairs, and new, enthusiastic start-ups. Today, the valley is in revival mode, with a renewed focus on winemaking from the ground up, thanks in part to the high energy of youth now flowing throughout the region.
Daniel Honan

Image courtesy of Usher Tinkler Wines.

Usher Tinkler Wines

Star Cellar Door

(02) 4998 7069
ushertinklerwines.com

Located within the historic Pokolbin church, Usher Tinkler Wines sets the bar high when it comes to the modern wine experience. Partake in a tasting accompanied by outstanding salmui featuring a delicious selection of local and European meats and cheese. Move slowly through the range of Usher Tinkler’s wines, from the curious Nose to Tail blends until you get to the more refined Reserve range, with its flinty, funky chardonnay and a superb, scarlet shiraz. Recently Tinkler has changed the game, with his unique Death by Semillon (funky and textural) and Rebirth Shiraz (pure allure) set of preservative-free wines. Don’t go past the mind-bendingly enigmatic Enneagram, a rosé style made from nine grape varieties. DANIEL HONAN

OUTSTANDING WINE: 2020 Usher Tinkler Death by Semillon, A$30

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