Hunter Valley

The Hunter Valley is Australia's oldest vineyard region area with vines first being planted in 1831. Our vineyards planted in 1972 are located in the Lower Hunter in the picturesque Mount View region close to the town of Cessnock, 165 km north of Sydney and 50 km from Newcastle. 

Climate: Warm (moderated by coastal breezes and cloud cover in the summer months).

Heat Degree Days: 1800-2000

Mean January Temperature: 22.7° C

Average Annual Rainfall: 530mm 

Average October - March Sunshine Hours: 8.5 

Macroclimate: Moderate to steep undulating slopes in the shadow of the Brokenback Ranges allows for cooling breezes, and varieties to be preferentially planted according to desired sunlight and heat levels.  

Rocks and Soils: Terra Rossa clays and sandy clay loams derived from Limestone rich sediments.  These soils allow good drainage and high levels of calcium, critical for healthy vine growth.

Area under vine: Briar Ridge is surrounded by 8 Ha of vineyards and a further 32 Ha on the adjoining Tallavera Grove property, along with 10 Ha on the valley floor, making Briar Ridge the largest holder of vineyards in the Mount View region.

Varieties Grown: Chardonnay, Shiraz, Semillon, Verdelho, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon  

Fruit Characteristics: The area is famous for Semillon and Shiraz but produces other noteworthy examples of Verdelho and Chardonnay. Semillon is lemon lime citrusy when young with good acidity, but can age magnificently when older, incorporating toasty notes, famous the world over. The Hunter Shiraz at their best typically has spice and elegance, smooth fine tannins, brambly, black olive and earthy characters. The Hunter Valley produced Australia's first Chardonnays in the 1970's with soft opulent fruit driven styles and flavours of melon, passionfruit and pineapple. Verdelho is also a popular dry wine with spicy tropical fruit characters. 

Fruit yield is controlled, kept low to allow full development of flavour and character in the grapes.