Wine Reviews

2011 Winemaker's Reserve Shiraz

There's impressive concentration scaffolded into this ageworthy creation. A particularly deep and intense core of black plum and blackberry fruit manages to maintain a delightful, crunchy vibrancy. Dark chocolate oak is well balanced, carrying the fruit long into the finish, underlined by firm, fine tannins, built for the cellar. 94 points -Tyson Stelzer, Wine of the Week, 7 Sep 2012


2011 Winemaker's Reserve Semillon

The talented Liz Jackson is responsible for one of the semillons of the vintage - again. It is elevated above the pack thanks to a palate that ripples with fine minerality. Marksman accuracy of kaffir lime, anise and granny smith apples. Taut, pristine, fresh, energetic, perfumed. Pure magnificence! 96 Points - Tyson Stelzer - The Best Wines of the Week, May 2012.


2009 Winemakers Reserve Semillon

«««««   Very clean, very bright, pale green varietal with big hit of sweet floral/citrus aromas. Mouthfilling, steely, fresh lemon acid palate with some great flavour concentration and length. Winestates Best Wines of 2010, 1/02/2011


This is archetypal young Hunter Semillon of excelent quality. Lemon, lime, lanolin and fennel meet the nose, and the tight, high-acid palate has intense, sustained lemon curd flavours of tingly attraction. A classic style that's only just showing the first whispers of bottle evolution. Selector, 1/01/2011


«««««    There is a hint of vegetal character allied with lemon and lemongrass aromas, while the palate is intense and powerful, with richness conferred by a top Hunter white-wine vintage. Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine, 1/01/2011


2010 Winemakers Reserve Semillon 

The youthful yet highly experienced Liz Jackson picked up a trophy for the best young Semillon at the 2010 NSW Wine Awards with this vibrant, mouth-watering gem. Fresh, grassy and spiced lemon aromtics lead to a juicy, tight, citrus inspired palate with a fine and extremely long tail of mineral acidity. Sydney Morning Herald, 27/01/2011

«««««   Excellent colour - very bright, pale green. Great lifted citrus concentration on the nose. Rich fruit flavours- long and intense - with just the right acid to balance the hint of residual sugar. Winestates Best Wines of 2010, 1/02/2011

«««««  First Creek is the home brand of the Hunters leading contract winemaking outfit. This is a great young Semillon:d delicately floral and softly fragrant, with a superbly refined, seamless palate that lingers long on the finish. Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine, 1/01/2011

Pale straw-green; lemon zest, grass and mineral aromas herald a finely structured palate with length and intensity, the finish crisp and bracing. Drink to 2020. James Halliday 2012 Wine Companion

2009 Winemakers Reserve Shiraz

«««««  Mix of dark fruit and brooding savoury oak creates lovely aromas. The palate is a lovely, savoury mouthful of chunky fruit, ripe chewy tannins, lovely oak and fresh acid. Winestates Best Wines of 2010, 1/02/2011

Bright crimson-purple hue, the moderate alcohol of the wine imbues it with freshness and vitality from the first whiff of the bouquet through to the finish; blakberry and mulberry fruit seems to draw saliva from the mouth, the flavours persisting through the long finish and aftertaste. Drink to 2025. James Halliday 2012 Wine Companion

2010 First Creek Verdelho

Pale straw-green; an intriguing bouquet with contrasting notes of passionfruit, herb and citrus; the vibrant and tangy palate has more driving it than almost all other verdelhos. Drink to 2015 James Halliday 2012 Wine Companion