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Glenguin Estate and Vineyard, Hunter Valley NSW

Glenguin Estate and Vineyard, Hunter Valley NSW [©Glenguin Estate]

Glenguin Stonybroke 2014 Shiraz
Glenguin 2015 Semillon


Glenguin Vineyard was first planted in the 1980s and now has an average vine age over 25 years. Each wine comes from a small individual vineyard block on the property and here, things are still done by hand – from planting through vine training to pruning and handpicking at vintage.

The shiraz and semillon vines at Glenguin are directly descended from James Busby’s original planting at Kirkton in the 1820s. They are planted on their own roots on a unique combination of a raised gravel bench for shiraz with sandy loam over red basalt for semillon.

Glenguin wines have won major trophies including NSW and Boutique Wine Show Trophies for best white wine plus both Best Red and NSW Wine of the Year at the NSW Wine Awards for shiraz.

Production is extremely limited with just a few hundred cases of each of the wines, crafted only in good vintages.

Here are tasting notes for two of Glenguin's classic Hunter Valley wines:


2015 Glenguin Vineyard Semillon

This wine is from 23 year old semillon vines, taken as cuttings from the oldest semillon vineyards in the Hunter Valley.

It's a very different kind of Hunter Valley semillon – less of the upfront citrus that is so typical of the region and variety. Here the palate is dominated by tropical notes and stone fruit.

There is acidity, but it’s in balance and not overpowering. Lively, refreshing, and drinking really well as a youngster, this still has ‘age me’ written all over it – as have many Glenguin, and indeed Hunter Valley, semillon vintages over the years.

Food: a perfect wine that will match with anything from the sea with a shell on its back – think pan fried scallops, or simply oysters naturale.

88 points, 2017 James Halliday Wine Companion


RRP: A$27.50 (direct from Glenguin)


2014 Stonybroke Shiraz

The shiraz vines at Glenguin were taken as cuttings from some of the oldest blocks in the Hunter Valley and can be traced back to the original plantings by James Busby at Kirkton in the early 1830s. Busby''s cuttings were originally taken from the Hill of Hermitage in France, giving the vines a link to the spiritual home of Syrah.

The 2014 Stonybroke is punctuated by a distinct lack of oak – it is only used sparingly towards the end of fermentation. To give the wine a bit of a tannic kick along, a small portion of tannat grapes are co-fermented with the shiraz. The the resulting wine takes on a deeper colour and complexity, although the palate is red fruits and hallmark Hunter.

Viticultural conditions were as close to perfect as any vintage has been which has imbued this wine with the depth, power and concentration that will see it live for twenty to thirty years, and possibly longer.

Food: pizzas and pasta all shared with good friends.

“Striking juicy freshness to the array of red and black fruits; while only just medium-bodied, the palate has compelling length and freshness.”
95 points, to 2044,  2017 James Halliday Wine Companion

Alc/vol: 13.5%

RRP: A$27.50

VisitVineyards.com subscribers will receive a 10% discount on these two wines until 31st August, 2017 »

Glenguin also celebrated its best ever results in the 2017 Halliday Wine Companion »


  • Hunter Valley (NSW)

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