Rothbury Estate is an iconic wine brand from the Hunter Valley - the wines sell out every vintage, and the entire range is made exclusively from grapes grown in premium NSW vineyards.
Rothbury Estate’s top wines are classic examples of the varieties that Australia’s oldest wine region excels in – namely Shiraz and Semillon.
Here, we break down why these two varieties thrive in the Hunter, and what makes them so unique!
Originally planted over 140 years ago, Shiraz is synonymous with red wines from the Hunter Valley region. A generation ago, Hunter Valley Shiraz was often tarnished with an image of being ‘horsey’ or ‘leathery’, but best modern examples are fresh and vibrant with pure fruit characters, are medium weight, show judicious spice and oak handling. These are supremely elegant wines, and the Rothbury Estate Black Label Shiraz has an opulent nose of ripe plummy fruit with subtle earthy notes, a rich, complex palate, and a long, smooth finish.
Hunter Valley vineyards produce an utterly unique expression of the white grape Semillon. The Hunter Valley style is lean, racy, light in alcohol and not replicated anywhere else in the world. These are wines that in their youth appear nervous, tense and tight, while the best examples from Hunter Valley's finest vineyards show incredible line and length. These are citrusy and grassy wines at first, but with maturity (and these wines can age gracefully over decades) become honeyed and mellow. The Rothbury Estate Black Label Semillion is a wine with beautiful lime, herbaceous fruit and delicate floral flavours.