Gundog Estate Hunter’s Shiraz 2022
Hunter Valley watchers often refer to a modern winemaking take on the region’s two great varieties: Semillon and Shiraz. It’s fair to say that ‘modern’ offers a different expression to the ‘classic’ styles. I think Hunter’s Shiraz 2022 falls into that modern category. Not sure if winemaker Matt Burton agrees, but the discreet use of French oak puncheons for maturation, the clean lines and showcasing of some glorious old vine fruit just shines. And there’s an elegance and approachability right now that makes it so good. Black cherry, plum, anise with plenty of spice lift and earth runs long through this lovely medium-bodied Shiraz. So alluring in both scent and flavour with tannins seemingly barely there such is the distinctive quality of the fruit, the smooth grace of the wine.