2018 1946 Vines Lovedale Semillon

2018 1946 Vines Lovedale Semillon

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It was with a firm belief in regional definition, single vineyard wines and a thorough understanding of the Hunter Valley landscape, that the late Maurice O'Shea planted the famed Lovedale vineyard in 1946. Lovedale is home to an extraordinary wine of delicacy, yet power, of poise yet intensity, of effortless, yet haunting length. A true vineyard wine, that sings of place and of time, a wine that could be from nowhere else on earth.




About this Wine


Hunter Valley, NSW


Adrian Sparks


Pale Straw with light green hues.


Floral notes, lemongrass, lime and freshly cut lemons.

Growing Conditions

An excellent year in the Hunter Valley. Dry throughout the growing season, the vineyards burst early but a cool spring slowed the growth periods, meaning ripening was around 2-3 weeks later than usual. December saw warm weather with average rainfall allowing for healthy and clean canopies giving excellent ripening conditions. January and February saw significantly lower than average rainfall conditions which meant ripening was even and let the team have the ability to pick fruit at its optimum ripeness. The Semillon blocks were picked slightly riper than normal due to the warm weather, with excellent power and flavor levels at slightly higher baumes.


Beautifully balanced palate with perfect acidity providing cut and drive. Wonderfully intense citrus fruit flavors with excellent persistence.


Hand picked in the early morning to ensure the fruit was cool, destemmed to press where only 500 Litres per tonne of the finest free run was taken. Settled, racked and inoculated for a clean & cold fermentation which took 14 days. Chilled and fined before bottling.







Food Matches


Peak Drinking

Will cellar for up to 35 years

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