expert reviews about
David Hook Shiraz Viognier
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
Campbell Mattinson (2008 Vintage) says
It's come together nicely. It iastes pencilly and chocolatey but there are also ripe flavours of cherry and blackberry. There's a nice big of tannin grip and while there are some dirty, smokey, green-tinged edges, it's all just part of the wines personality. Good buying.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2008 Vintage) says
David Hook is a Hunter Valley producer but the persistent rain of the 2008 vintage had him scrambling for good, ripe, flavoursome grapes. Hence some Mudgee region and McLaren Vale shiraz (as well as Hunter Valley) grapes were used in its making. It's come together nicely. It tastes pencilly and chocolatey but there are also ripe flavours of cherry and blackberry. There's a nice bit of tannin grip and while there are some dirty, smoky, green-tinged edges, it's all just part of the wine's personality. Good buying.The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
Peter Forrestal (2007 Vintage) says
This is another excellent quaffing red from the Hunter by David Hook, who is helping to reshape the vinous landscape of the region and make HUnter shiraz glorious once again. It is medium-bodied, restrained and savoury, with earthy, dark plum flavours, and velvety texture that is ultra-smooth. Seductively approachable.
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Purple hues: potent black fruit and regional eart aromas: a very robust, rustic wine that demands time, and could well repay cellaring.
Australian Wine Companion, The Weekend Australian 2010
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
Simply a brilliant sub $20 bottle of red, this elegant, savoury, medium-weight Hunter shiraz backs its earthy expression of blackberry and dark cherry with meaty nuances and dark chocolate/vanillan oak. It's vibrant and supple, with lingering brightly lit fruit and licorice-like notes underpinned by dusty tannins.
Gourmet Traveller Wine 2009
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Stacked with plum and black cherry: the primary fruit is still dominating the regional character, but the HUnter will have its turn in due course.
Australian Wine Companion, The Weekend Australian 2009
Campbell Mattinson (2006 Vintage) says
This is a very sensible wine. Its alcohol is moderate, its flavours are enough without being too much, there's a good dose of spirit-of-the-land earthiness about it and it's both savoury and fruity through the finish. I reckon you'd please a lot of people by serving this: it's like a good quality bottle of Chianti, or a slightly stonger, earthier version of pinot noir.
The Big Red Wine Book
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Best Value Red, $10 to $16.
Australian Wine Companion, The Weekend Australian 2007
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