2004 Sweetwater Hermitage Shiraz

2004 Sweetwater Hermitage Shiraz

Sabine Duval

"Very enjoyable from beginning to end."

Sabine Duval

Johan Axlund

"Aged Hunter magic still so alive, kicking and screaming to be drunk."

Johan Axlund

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Sabine Duval

"Very enjoyable from beginning to end."

Sabine Duval

Johan Axlund

"Aged Hunter magic still so alive, kicking and screaming to be drunk."

Johan Axlund

Taste Guarantee
Love it or your money back*
Free Delivery
On orders Over $300*

Here's a beautifully mature, 15-year-old Hunter Shiraz sourced from one of the Hunter Valley's top vineyards, and made by one the region's most celebrated winemakers.

There's a great story here. The Sweetwater Vineyard can trace it's wine history back to the 1880s, but for years the grapes have been largely sold off - famously to Andrew Thomas for his Thomas Wines Sweetwater Shiraz. A small parcel of the best fruit, however, was kept back every year, and Thomas made a wine just for the family - called the Sweetwater Vineyard Shiraz...

But in 2016 the vineyard was sold to Hungerford Hill, with a selection of aged wines from the family cellar following along with it.

In a recent conversation with the team at Hungerford Hill they casually mentioned that several vintages of this famous red were available and naturally we pounced! It's difficult to resist Hunter Shiraz of this calibre, let alone with fifteen years of ageing.

Look only at James Halliday's 96 point review to realise the absolute quality here. Absolute quality, and with the beautiful complexity of age.

As you can imagine this single vineyard red is very limited, and once it is gone that's it. But gee what an opportunity to nab a delightfully mellow red that is in the prime of its life, and at a sensational price...

Expert Reviews

96 Points - James Halliday - Halliday's Wine CompanionThe cork is in pretty good shape, and so is the wine. Supple black fruits, spice, earth, leather on lees - all intertwined; soft but persistent tannins holding the ship of state in fine trim.

Tech stuff

Shiraz
Sweetwater Wines
Hunter Valley
2004
750ml
13.5%
Cellar to 2022
Cork

How's it taste?

Soft and hearty earthen style, with chocolate and turned soil, the palate still driven by a core of dark plum fruit and surprisingly dense flavour.

How was it made?

Sweetwater wines are entirely grown on the Sweetwater property, which is located on the Sweetwater Ridge in Belford, and is part of the northern end of the Lower Hunter Valley. 

Historically the Sweetwater Station had vineyards planted in the mid 1800’s. The Vineyard was replanted in 1998 with Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Semillon. The Sweetwater vineyard is unique for red loamy soil over limestone, and is located on the east face of the elevated Sweetwater Ridge. Sweetwater produces distinctive wines of the highest quality with a fragrant floral fruit character and rich textural tannins.

Who made it?

In the same ownership as Hungerford Hill, the Sweetwater vineyard is unique for red volcanic soil over limestone, and is located on the east face of the elevated Sweetwater Ridge. Sweetwater produces distinctive wines of the highest quality with a fragrant floral fruit character and rich textural tannins. It’s a single vineyard winery making only three wines, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Semillon.