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July 20, 2016

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Taste Hawker Ridge at the Sydney Wine Show

February 1, 2011

The Hawker Ridge 2007 Shiraz will be available for tasting among 2300 other wines at the Sydney Royal Wine Show Cellar Tasting event, to be held at the Sydney Showgrounds on Saturday February 19th, 2011. Tickets are limited so if you will be in Sydney and fancy sampling the award-winning wines from this year’s show you better act quickly. Judging runs from the 7th to the 10th of February – the 2007 Shiraz is drinking better than ever so with a little luck you will be sampling another award-winning wine from Hawker Ridge, if you can find it!


Easter at Hawker Ridge

April 14, 2010

Easter is a time for family gatherings and hunting for eggs, with expectations of treats and surprises. Hawker Ridge provided both this year, as Zig had returned from his trip to Mount Shadforth to drop off the 2010 harvest with the 2007 Shiraz and Cabernet vintages.

Early tastings suggest the 2007 Shiraz may be the best yet. Unfortunately for you Zig has decided to hold its release back til next year to allow it to mature further in the bottle.

2007 Shiraz

April 14, 2010

The 2007 Shiraz shows the quality that goes with the increasing maturity of the vines. It was once again made by Mike Garland, now working at the Castelli groups contract crushing facility at Mount Shadforth. It was matured for sixteen months in French and American oak and displays intense pepper and rich plum aromas. It’s a full-bodied style with plenty of fruit on the mid-palate that continues with good texture and length.

2007 Cabernet Sauvignon

April 14, 2010

The second vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon produced by Hawker Ridge, following our first experiment with this variety in 2004. Once again the grapes were sourced locally, from a neighbouring vineyard in Kendenup and the wine was made by Mike Garland, spending fifteen months in predominantly French oak. It displays the classic cold climate Cabernet fruit characteristics of cassis and blackcurrant, with well-structured tannins to give length and balance.

Silver medal in Sydney for 2006 Shiraz

February 14, 2010

Zig has just returned from the Sydney Royal Wine Show where the Hawker Ridge 2006 Shiraz was awarded a score of 17.0, qualifying it for a silver medal. This result builds on the bronze medal awarded to this wine at the 2007 Qantas Wine Show of Western Australia, demonstrating that this great wine is continuing to improve as it ages. Here’s what the judges in Sydney had to say about Class 80 (named vineyard, not less than 85% Shiraz):

“An interesting class of wines. Many were developed and tired, but the award winning wines were great wines and show the diversity of styles coming from different regions.”

Hello world!

January 16, 2010

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2006 Shiraz

March 1, 2007

Our third vintage of shiraz is a worthy successor to the elegant 2004 and the big 2005. It shares the spicy cloves and earth aroma of both and the plummy fruitiness of the latter. Once again made by Mike Garland.

In 2010 this wine was awarded a silver medal at the Sydney Royal Wine Show. In their comments the judges noted that many of the wines “were developed and tired, but the award winning wines were great wines and show the diversity of styles coming from different regions”.

In 2007 this wine was awarded a bronze medal at the Qantas Wine Show of Western Australia.

2006 Riesling

September 1, 2006

A fresh dry wine showing lemon-lime and floral rose petal characters. It has good palate weight, balanced acidity, and a clean finish. This wine was made by Mike Garland, renowned in the Mt Barker region for outstanding red and white wines.

Described by Sunday Times wine write Peter Forrestal as “delightfully floral … fresh and vibrant with intense lemon-citrus flavours and crisp, dry acidity”, the 2006 Hawker Ridge Riesling won a bronze medal in class 20 at the 2008 Macquarie Bank Sydney Royal Wine Show.

2005 Shiraz

March 1, 2006

This is a full-bodied Shiraz showing ripe fruit with a soft tannin finish. A challenging end to the growing season with late rains has produced an outstanding Shiraz with intense flavours and a remarkable alcohol content. The wine was matured in French and American oak for sixteen months.