Staying true to our 'classically radical' approach to winemaking – fusing old traditions with new techniques, we are proud to be releasing a stellar lineup of white wines, including the beloved 2022 Single Vineyard 'Briar Hill' Chardonnay and 2023 Single Vineyard 'Dairy Hill' Semillon, first of its kind 2023 Single Vineyard 'Black Cluster' Semillon, ultra-premium 2022 Ampelus Chardonnay as well as extremely limited quantities of 2023 Limited Release Fiano and 2023 Limited Release Albariño.
With fruit from the oldest block of Semillon on the property on a southeast-facing hillside slope at 170m above sea level, this is the Hunter Valley’s highest altitude Semillon vineyard and is planted on rich Terra Rossa clay soil over limestone. Hand-picked, gently crushed and allowed to soak for four hours prior to pressing, the wine is complex and rich with ripe orchard pears and yellow citrus notes surrounded by mineral cap-gun and slate aromatics. The palate is layered and concentrated with earthy minerals framing ripe citrus fruits and tense acidity. This wine is delicate yet concentrated, displaying both light phenolic spice and pristine acid which will allow for the wine to develop positively over the next eight to twelve years.
Highly complex aromatics of lime juice, slate and aspirin. The palate displays the classic acid line and length that are hallmarks of Hunter Valley Semillon providing a clear direction and framing the ripe citrus, apple and mineral smokey notes. This wine is the epitome of classic Hunter Valley Semillon suited for long-term cellaring. Featherweight with fresh citrus and complex slate, alongside light gentle phenolics and crisp taut acidity. This wine will develop gracefully over the next 10+ years developing richness, lanolin, toast and creaminess.
From the vineyard’s best block of Chardonnay, south facing and planted on a 450-million-year-old marine fossil ridge, matured for 15 months with 100% new French oak fermentation, the result is a powerful, decadent yet restrained Hunter Valley Chardonnay filled with complex aromatic profile of struck match, hazelnut, nougat and lime custard. On the palate, the wine displays generous regional fruit of ripe orchard pears and white peach surrounded by citrus oils and spice. This wine is concentrated and rich with fresh acidity and light phenolic spice providing all the components to enable medium to long-term cellaring.
Hand-picked and whole-bunch pressed followed by sequential fill to a single French second-fill oak cask for 18 months. Left unsulphured until bottling. Bottled without finings or filtration. Complex aromatic profile of cap gun, hazelnut, nougat and lime custard. On the palate, the wine displays generous regional fruit of ripe orchard pears and white peach surrounded by creme brulee, baking spice and savoury smoke. This wine is concentrated and rich with fresh acidity and light phenolic spice providing all the components to enable medium to long-term cellaring.
Only 100 bottles available.
Hand-picked fruit was foot stomped and allowed to soak on skins for four hours prior to gently pressing to a stainless-steel tank. Cold Settled for eight hours before racking tacking semi-cloudy juice. Fermented with ambient yeasts at 18-20 degrees Celsius for 11 days before transferring to a combination of stainless steel and an old French oak barrique for four months maturation. This wine was blended and lightly filtered. Fresh floral aromatics of orange blossom, and honeysuckle. The palate is weighty and generous with rich stone fruit flavours and subtle pithy lemon skin character. A light saline edge is driven by taut crisp acidity. Best consumed in youth but will evolve gracefully for two to four years.
Will be available after our Sydney launch event on October 12th, 2023.
Hand-picked fruit crushed and allowed to soak on skins for four hours before gently pressing directly to seasoned French oak puncheons. Ambient yeast fermentation at 22-24 degrees Celsius for eight days. Left on yeast lees without sulphur for four months. Blended, light filtered and a small sulphur addition was made prior to bottling. Made in the traditional style of the variety it displays aromatic notes of honeysuckle and orange blossom. The intensely flavoured palate shows ginger spice, nashi pear and subtle nutty characters combined with a rich and textured mid palate. In traditional style, the acid line provides length and a crisp persistent finish. Best consumed in youth but will evolve gracefully becoming richer and more savoury over the next five years.
Will be available after our Sydney launch event on October 12th, 2023.
The highly anticipated Halliday Wine Companion Awards for 2024 have unveiled the shortlisted wineries, winemakers, and viticulturists, representing the pinnacle of Australian winemaking. The prestigious awards, known for their recognition of excellence in the industry, celebrate the passion, dedication, and expertise that shape the country’s winemaking landscape.
This year, the Halliday Tasting Team, featuring nine panelists including new chief editor Campbell Mattinson, embarked on a year-round process of blind tastings, examinations, and round-table discussions to determine the winners. Each panelist focused on specific regions, ensuring continuity, connection, and specialist expertise. With over 8,500 wines tasted and more than 50 new wineries discovered, the team carefully selected the top-rated Australian wines, winemakers, wineries, and viticulturists.
The Shortlist showcases the diversity and high standards of the Australian wine market, featuring outstanding wineries from Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia, Western Australia, and New South Wales. It highlights the country’s best offerings and serves as a testament to the craftsmanship and innovation within the industry.
In addition to the shortlist announcement, the People’s Choice Award returns for its third year, allowing wine enthusiasts to have their say and recognize Australia’s best winery experience. Public voting is now open giving participants the opportunity to celebrate exceptional cellar doors, remarkable restaurants, friendly staff, picturesque views, and outstanding wines. Voters also have a chance to win a prize pack valued at over $1,400, featuring exceptional wines and wine accessories. The winner of the People’s Choice Award will be unveiled on July 29, 2023.
Mark your calendars for the prestigious Halliday Wine Companion Awards ceremony, scheduled to take place on August 2nd at the renowned Stokehouse in St Kilda. This esteemed event will showcase the major awards, including Wine of the Year, Winemaker of the Year, Winery of the Year, Viticulturist of the Year, Best Value Winery, Best New Winery, and Dark Horse Winery. Additionally, the top varietal winners will be announced across seventeen categories, such as Red Wine of the Year, White Wine of the Year, Sparkling of the Year, Shiraz of the Year, and Riesling of the Year.
The Halliday Wine Companion Awards serve as a tribute to the remarkable resilience and dedication of the Australian wine industry. They stand as a testament to the passion and expertise that continue to shape the nation’s winemaking landscape. Stay tuned for the release of the 2024 Halliday Wine Companion on August 3rd and raise a glass to the outstanding achievements of the industry’s finest.
Congratulations to our Hunter Valley colleagues who have been shortlisted:
- Winmark Wines for Best New Winery
- Carillion Wines for Best Value Winery
- Mount Eyre Vineyards for Dark Horse Winery
- Liz Riley for Viticulturist of the Year
- First Creek Wines, Leogate Estate and Pepper Tree Wines for Winery of the Year
- Jim Chatto, Pepper Tree Wines for Winemaker of the Year
An exciting new project is happening right here in our Cellar Door!
I am enjoying exploring purity of fruit & texture development with our brand new wine globes. The globes are made from borosilicate glass - strong, pure and resistant. This makes these vats neutral and unalterable over time, meaning there is no release of elements into the wine.
There is also the obvious benefit of being able to see the wine, which is usually hidden by oak or steel when using other vessels to ferment or age. To make wine, why use a material different from the one we choose for cellaring it & drinking it?
We have blended whole bunch Hunter Valley Shiraz and whole bunch Orange Pinot Noir saignée parcels to make a wine which displays the peppery spice and gamey notes of the Hunter, with the sweet strawberry fruits and ripe glossy tannin of Pinot Noir. This will age on lees in the wine globes until early Spring, when it will be hand bottled by the team.
The globes have been sourced from a French producer and we're only one of handful of producers currently using these in Australia. Discover more about these from the producer below.
It's back and better than ever.
Our sales team will be getting with our over the course of May on (02) 4036 3576 to help you secure this iconic red and we want to make sure you recognise the number and don't miss out on our introductory offer.
The 2021 Big Bully is the debut Single Vineyard wine from our Stonefields vineyard in Wrattonbully, SA. This wine has only continued to rise in quality in recent years and we want to ensure that this is a first-class contender in the world of Cabernet into the future.
We will also have some other wines on offer when we call you just in case you need to top up!
Simply let our team know what you might be after and we will look after you.
The Real Review has long been a trusted source for wine enthusiasts in Australia, providing expert reviews and ratings to help consumers make informed decisions about their wine choices. Recently, they announced their Top Wineries of Australia 2023 list, and Briar Ridge Vineyard was included among the prestigious group.
Briar Ridge Vineyard, located in the idyllic Mount View region of Hunter Valley, is known for a classically radical approach to winemaking. Led by award-winning winemaker Alex Beckett, we prioritize tradition while experimenting with alternative varieties and modern technologies to produce exceptional wines.
Several of Briar Ridge's wines were highlighted in reviews by The Real Review, showcasing the breadth and depth of their offerings. The 2022 Single Vineyard Dairy Hill Semillon was described as having "floral and herbal aromas, a trace of lemony confectionery," with a "palate [that] is intense and dry, rich and more generous than some of its fellow young semillons." Meanwhile, the 2022 Limited Release Albariño was praised for its "fresh pear and tropical flower aromas, clean and bright and fragrant" qualities, as well as its "crisp and lively, tense and fresh and dry" finish.
The 2021 Limited Release BDX, an unusual blend, was also lauded for its potential, with reviewers noting its "lavishly fruited, full-bodied" profile and "fine and papery" tannins. And finally, the 2017 Single Vineyard Dairy Hill Shiraz was described as having "finesse, easy flow, and good length of flavour, while soft tannins and fresh acidity frame it all very nicely."
These reviews, along with many others, helped Briar Ridge Vineyard earn a spot on The Real Review Top Wineries of Australia 2023 list. The algorithm used to determine the rankings takes into account both the ratings and recency of reviews, making it a comprehensive and accurate representation of the country's top wineries.
For Briar Ridge Vineyard, this recognition is a testament to our commitment to quality and innovation in winemaking. We are proud to be included among such a prestigious group and look forward to continuing to produce outstanding wines for our loyal customers and new fans alike.
The foundations of our winemaking are firmly embedded in tradition and history. However we combine the classics with truly radical innovative winemaking to deliver an experience like no other in the valley. Join us on the wine deck this Easter where we will have our recently released Single Vineyard wines available to try.
We have collaborated with the Hunter Valley Chocolate Company to infuse our wines in their irresistible chocolates. Taste these alongside matching wines in our Easter Sweets Tasting available over Easter Friday, Saturday & Sunday.
Gather around for a simple yet delightful Easter feast in our osteria this long weekend. The latest addition to our wonderful Mount View estate will make for an excellent lunch venue. Book an 'Italian Set Menu' to experience the best of what we offer in our osteria.
We have also filled out our local musican roster. Check out who will be playing 12:00 - 3:30 on both Saturday & Sunday of the long weekend in our calendar.
Our beautiful garden adjacent to cellar door is the perfect place to enjoy the Hunter at your own pace. Book yourself a 'Picnic Package' where you can indulge in a selection of our fantastic cheese & charcuterie; add on some italian-style pizzas for the whole family or group. The kids can then play in the garden with our garden games that will be available all weekend.
An Easter egg hunt will also be happening on Easter Saturday for the children whilst a magnum hunt, where we will be hiding a 1.5L bottle of wine on our estate, will be sure to keep the big kids entertained. Finders, keepers!
Hunt for a rare bargain at Briar Ridge. Join us as we throw open the warehouse doors for a behind the scenes sale where you will find an assortment of latest stock, museum and runout wines. Pack deals start from $40 and are available only until sold out.
While you’re busy hunting for your favourite tipple, the whole family can enjoy a classic, easy lunch favourite: a sausage sizzle; that is if you can resist our Osteria of course.
Since 1972, Briar Ridge Vineyard has been bustling in the hills of Mount View. A 5-star James Halliday-rated winery with award-winning, classic and new-age Australian-made wines, this is a cellar door not to miss.
The team tailors every standard tasting (and a complimentary nibble of local produce) to you! There is even a Pooch Platter to spoil your fur babies with.
Briar Ridge Vineyard is a must-visit destination that will prove to be the highlight of your Hunter Valley journey!
Possibly one of the best kept secrets in the Hunter Valley, Mount View can be found at the southern border of Pokolbin between Nulkaba and Wollombi, nestled amongst the lush green surrounds of the Brokenback Range. With its winding country roads and panoramic views, Mount View offers some of the most outstanding scenery in the Hunter Valley.
Travel along Wine Country Drive through Nulkaba, then weave your way around the terraced vineyards, and picturesque fine dining restaurants and breathtaking views of Mount View to discover hilltop cellar doors and restaurants with panoramic views (such as those from Mount Views Bistro Molines on our cover).
A favourite spot for photographers, Mount View's stunning surrounds have provided the perfect backdrop for many couples. The peaceful ambience will have you feeling like you are a million miles away!
As the oldest wine region in Australia, the Hunter Valley has been producing wine since the early 19th century. While it’s renowned for its quality grapes with winemaking traditions steeped in old-world heritage, it’s the forward-thinking approach to new-world blends that sets Briar Ridge apart. The winery calls it “classically radical”.
Located on an idyllic mountainside in this stunning part of New South Wales, the foundations of this family-led winemaking estate are firmly embedded in tradition. Owner Jaclyn Davis’ father purchased the property at Mount View 50 years ago; today, she manages the estate and its wine club that offers exclusive access to unique bottles in limited numbers.
Overseeing wine production is award-winning winemaker Alex Beckett, who combines traditional and experimental techniques with emerging varieties for tastes that are set to become iconic. Beckett has a passion for pushing new winery technology, which has elevated Briar Ridge to world-leading status and saw him take out ‘Other White (and Blends) of the Year’ at the 2023 Halliday Wine Companion Awards, with a gold medal score of 95 points for the Briar Ridge 2021 Limited Release Albariño.
Beckett was also awarded the Riedel 2022 Hunter Valley Young Achiever of the Year award, recognising the exceptional talent of young winemakers.
Regardless of its blends, the techniques have largely remained the same. Providing low-yield, high-quality fruit enhanced by Mount View’s unique micro-climate, cooler temperatures due to an altitude of between 130 and 180 metres, and rich, red limestone-based soil. The steep slopes surrounding the cellar door are home to the prized single vineyards of Dairy Hill, Briar Hill and Red Hill. Here they grow traditional Semillon, Shiraz and Chardonnay grapes to be bottled for the premium Single Vineyard and Stockhausen range. More modern styles found in the popular Varietal range include Fumé Sauvignon Blanc, The Dam Verdelho, Cold Soaked Cabernet Sauvignon and Old Vines Shiraz.
This year, Briar Ridge is celebrating its Jubilee anniversary. It’s been 50 years since it planted its first vines in November 1972.
From humble beginnings to the forward-thinking, award-winning wines of today, Briar Ridge has much to celebrate. Showcasing classic techniques with truly radical innovation in winemaking to deliver Australian wines that deserve a place on your table.
Visit the estate to enjoy a ‘Wine Gusto’ wine tasting. Then spend a leisurely afternoon at the Osteria, a new eatery with an al fresco terrace. Here you’ll find Italian-inspired dishes and artisan antipasti boards using the best local produce. Come on Sunday and you’ll also be serenaded with live music.
The Customer Service Awards are run each year to recognise, showcase and reward exceptional customer service within the Cessnock Local Government Area. It provides an opportunity for community focus over a period culminating in a function to celebrate customer service excellence.
This project also helps to develop networking opportunities with local businesses, the Chamber, and the community in general.
The Gala Dinner was held on the 3rd December 2022 at Cessnock Leagues Club. A night to celebrate the achievements of all locals offering exceptional customer service. Monthly Chamber Awards are awarded each month with the winners becoming finalists in the Chamber Choice Award at the yearly event.
Shannon, our super star working in both cellar door and our wine club won the Customer Service Award this year; we couldn't be prouder! Shannon has been with us since 2021 and; if you haven't already met her, is a highlight of our team and of our customers' Hunter Valley experience.
It’s summer and the festive season is upon us. Briar Ridge Vineyard is located just outside Cessnock in the rolling green hills of Mount View. If you’re looking for award-winning wine, some Christmas gift shopping, fun for all the family, some delicious Italian inspired food and Sunday live music sessions in the sunshine on the verandah, then look no further. Briar Ridge cellar door is the ideal place to head if you want to combine fun times with Christmas shopping and wines to tempt the most dedicated connoisseur.
Santa is visiting Briar Ridge on Sunday 11th & 18th December, 10.30 to 12.30pm. Bring the kids, bring your pooch, and take the perfect festive pics in our photo booth set on our beautiful vineyard (better than Santa pics in a mall - plus you can do it with your pooch!) Treat your furry baby to a $15 Pooch Platter.
There are games scattered throughout the gardens for the kids and young at heart to play as well as local musicians performing every Sunday. Book a wine tasting while the kids are enjoying themselves, shop the wide range of local produce & merchandise on offer for your Christmas gifting and then settle back for a delicious lunch in our Osteria. The Italian set menu starting at just $45 pp is an authentic share-style lunch featuring antipasti, pizza & pasta. Prawns and oysters will also be on offer at weekends during the festive season. If you prefer a more relaxed option, enjoy a picnic in the wine garden with antipasti, wine and pizza available.
As a first for Briar Ridge, indulge in locally sourced (Newcastle) oysters and prawns in the Osteria.
Available until sold out every Saturday and Sunday.
| WEEKENDS ONLY in December 2022. Book now.
If you’re looking for something fun and different to do in the January school holidays, why not bring your little ones out to Briar Ridge for an enjoyable Thursday! On January the 12th, 19th and 26th from 10am, Michaela, art teacher & Briar Ridge cellar door host, will be presenting art classes for kids. These aptly named ‘Popsicle & Picasso’ events must be booked via our website and will include a free wine tasting or coffee for you whilst the children paint. Follow it up with 10% off at our Osteria for lunch!
The wine garden is perfect for the kids to run around, play in the sunshine and enjoy some of the games that are available, while you and your friends relax on the verandah. It’s the perfect holiday activity for the whole family.