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Hunter Valley Shiraz Spirit

Hunter Valley Shiraz Spirit

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Hunter Valley Shiraz Spirit is an eau de vie distilled from salvaged smoke tainted grapes as the first product in a three-part series to support the Hunter Valley wine community following the devastating 2019 / 2020 bushfires.

Packaged as the second release under the Trials & Exceptions Series, our new range reserved for exceptional casks and small-batch trials, this innovative eau de vie is one of the first of its kind in Australia and showcases our experimentation with wine made from 50 plus tonnes of smoke-tainted Hunter Valley 2020 shiraz and cabernet sauvignon grapes with the majority of spirit to be aged for release as a brandy in coming years.

Displaying lively notes of tropical fruits, crème fraîche and berries with just the slightest suggestion of smoke, it's an adventurous spirit, unusual at first in taste but excellent with the simple addition of fresh-pressed apple juice or even Coca-Cola and freshly squeezed lime juice.

Tasting Notes


Opens with notes of shortbread, icing sugar and vine leaves. With air, it yields pineapple, guava, honeydew and old campfire.


On the palate, it shows a round and oily texture with mango, raspberry jam and wafers.


It resolves with a grassy and saline persistence that echos the balanced fruit, and savoury elements.

Production Notes

Grapes sourced

In sourcing high local quality grapes infused with the aroma of bushfire smoke, we celebrate the perseverance and dedication of NSW grape growers and wine producers. These grapes were once destined for wine, tainted by bushfire and finally salvaged to make this uniquely modern Australian grape spirit.
Grape VarietyProvenanceGrower/ ProducerSmoke-TaintedAge of Vines
ShirazPokolbinTinklers WinesYesOver 20 years old
ShirazBroke FordwichBeyond BrokeYesOver 20 years old
ShirazPokolbinBon VillaYesOver 20 years old
ShirazPokolbinDraytonsYesOver 20 years old
Cabernet SauvignonUpper HunterTwo RiversYesOver 20 years old
ShirazPokolbinHolman EstateYesOver 20 years old
ShirazPokolbinDe IuliisYesOver 20 years old
ShirazPokolbinLewis / First CreekYesOver 20 years old