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Vineyards | Hungerford HIll Wines - Hunter Valley, Tumbarumba, Hilltops

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HUNTER VALLEY

Located 160km north of Sydney, the Hunter Valley shelters below the spectacular Brokenback Ranges. It’s warm and humid climate is tempered by afternoon sea breezes. The soils vary widely from friable red volcanic soils which produce some of Australia’s most long-lived shiraz wines through to sandy river beds which produce similarly long-lived Semillon wines.

Major Varieties: Semillon and Shiraz
Harvest time: Late January to early March
Heat degree days total 2070-2170
Mean January temperature is 22.3°C- 22.7°C

TUMBARUMBA

This remote, cool climate region, 100km South-West of Canberra, is one of the highest in Australia. The vineyards were first planted in 1981 on the western slopes of the Snowy Mountains with elevations ranging from 500 to 950m. Soil types vary across the region from fertile basalt to decomposed granite. The region is becoming renowned for producing some of Australia’s finest Chardonnays and sparkling wines.

Major Varieties: Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
Harvest time: Late March to May
Heat degree days total 1010
Mean January temperature is 19.3°C

HILLTOPS

The Hilltops Region is 150km west of Canberra, Australia’s capital, surrounding the town of Young, famous for its cherries. Vines were first planted in the 1970’s at an elevation between 450m and 600m on a mix of deep gravelly red soils, basalt and sandy decomposed granite. The cool and dry continental climate, with occasional snow in winter, produces rich, full bodied Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz wines.

Major Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz
Harvest time: Late March to May
Heat degree days total 1880
Mean January temperature is 22.5°C

GUNDAGAI

Gundagai lies 160km southwest of Canberra, with elevations ranging from 200-300 metres. The town is famous for its bush ballads, including “The Road to Gundagai” and “The Dog Sits on the Tuckerbox”. Vineyards were planted in the 1990’s, mainly to Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. The region has a warm, temperate climate. Its deep alluvial soils and red volcanic podsols, produce medium to full bodied red wines with a distinctive spicy perfume.

Major Varieties: Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon
Harvest time: March
Heat degree days total 2110
Mean January temperature is 24°C

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