• 2000 Vintage

    The autumn, winter and spring of 1999 followed a similar pattern to the previous year, with good rainfall patterns and generally mild conditions. This cool weather pattern continued into the summer months with good rainfall periods and continual cloud cover, which alleviated heat stress problems normally associated with the later part of the growing season. This pattern continued into the new millennium with one short period of warm to hot weather during late January. The result was rapid ripening of all varieties, with harvest beginning on the 24th January and completed on the 25th February – one of the shortest vintages on record. The amazing harvest parameters were the highlight of this vintage, with rapid ripening to satisfactory sugar levels, while still retaining high levels of natural acidity.

    Name Varietal Drinking Window
    Lovedale Semillon NOW-2015
  • 1999 Vintage

    The wettest autumn and winter period for 20 years, which resulted in a return to satisfactory subsoil measures so badly affected by years of below average rainfall. Budburst in August was met with consistent heavy rain, which caused flooding in Sydney’s south but resulted in an even and fruitful budburst in the Hunter Valley. Further rain periods during spring and early summer, coupled with unseasonably cool weather, produced even flowering and fruit set. These mild conditions continued into the harvest period with intermittent rainfall delaying and extending the vintage. The vintage produced whites with great depth of flavour supported by excellent acidity, which gave the final wines good length and maturing potential.

    Name Varietal Drinking Window
    Lovedale Semillon NOW-2016
  • 1998 Vintage

    This vintage was acclaimed Australia-wide as the best of the 1990s. In the Hunter Valley, it was certainly the best vintage experienced for several decades (even eclipsing the outstanding 1996 vintage). The growing season started perfectly with excellent soil moisture levels from the summer and autumn of 1997. In early summer, the weather turned dry and hot, which made for a disease-free growing period right up until harvest. This resulted in rapid ripening, high sugar levels and concentration of fruit flavour, due to the reduced juice-to-skin ratio.

    Name Varietal Drinking Window
    Late Harvest Desert Wine Semillon NOW-2016
  • 1997 Vintage

    This vintage saw a return to cool, mild conditions with consistent rainfall during the growing season. Conditions were similar to those experienced in 1984 and 1988, with delayed ripening due to a larger crop. Vigilance was required to maintain crop protection programs and correctly time harvest. The result was a wine with more intense herbaceous characters and crisper acidity.

  • 1996 Vintage

    This was a truly outstanding vintage in the Hunter Valley, with adequate rainfall in autumn, spring and summer breaking the 1995 drought. This rainfall led to a better than expected flowering and fruit set, with the highest yields from the vineyards since 1979. Dry, warm conditions during harvest resulted in excellent ripening parameters and flavour concentration.

  • 1995 Vintage

    Grapes were picked early to mid-February. A drought year with little winter rains, which greatly reduced yields, but allowed for grapes of concentration and intensity.