Wine Assessment Sheet 1998 – 2006
1998 Brilliant year
Whites: Showing beautiful development and lovely structure. Have a look at some now and extended cellaring encouraged. Reds: Very full bodied year which have never lost their vigour. Big, juicy styles but starting to soften and drinking superbly now.
1999 Very good year
Whites: Typical Semillon characters of honey and toast now obvious
and very delicate on the palate. Finely structured wines of great
finesse. Great food wines, try some now.
Reds: Finely structured wines which should be enjoyed sooner rather than later but will hold up in the short term.
2000 Textbook year
Whites: Continuing to turn and developing with grace. Rich styles that are drinking very well now but try to develop further.
Reds: Old guard Hunters! Sweet leather, plums, chocolate and earth, stuff which made the Hunter famous. Get into them now.
2001 Fruit driven year
Whites: Lovely soft styles with delicate fruit and drinking superbly already. Lovely wines.
Reds: Will not need to be cellared for much longer. Beautiful developed characters abound. Drink soon.
2002 Good year
Whites: Just starting to turn and will be typical styles of high quality in the near future. Start drinking soon.
Reds: Typical Hunter styles which I suggested in the last assessment will be best in 2007. That’s now, enjoy!
2003 Drought year
Whites: Keep until 2008 before you start drinking and see where they
sit in your palate. Were awesome young wines but not quite developed,
Reds: One of the great red years. Fantastic regional styles with lots of upfront fruit. Sinclair shiraz a knockout! Enjoy some now and your palate will tell you if you want to lie some down for the future.
2004 Good average year
Whites: Generous styles with great fruit and again drank very well as young wines. Hold on until 2009 if you can.
Reds: Luscious styles with fine tannin structures. Delightful wines which are drinking well now and short term cellaring advised. Drink before 2010.
2005 Textbook year
Whites: Wines which were made for the future. Be brave and keep in
the cellar, these wines will be Hunter classics. 2011 and onwards, if
Reds: Balance, balance, balance. Across the board, wines of lovely complex fruit and beautiful balance. Drink some now and try some in 2009 and onwards.
2006 Hot year
Whites: Sharp, crisp wines with obvious luscious, upfront fruit. A
year in which the wines are drinking superbly young, i.e. now, and if
cellaring, have a look in 2010.
Reds: Awesome, concentrated, rich, complex fruit with lots of upfrontness and loads of personality. Terrific styles-don’t miss out!