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ROSEMOUNT ESTATE Roxburgh Chardonnay, Hunter Valley 1996

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ROSEMOUNT ESTATE Roxburgh Chardonnay, Hunter Valley 1996 ROSEMOUNT ESTATE Roxburgh Chardonnay, Hunter Valley 1996

ROSEMOUNT ESTATE Roxburgh Chardonnay, Hunter Valley 1996

ROSEMOUNT ESTATE Roxburgh Chardonnay, Hunter Valley
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ROSEMOUNT ESTATE Roxburgh Chardonnay, Hunter Valley
  • Style: Chardonnay
  • Vintage: 1996
  • Region: Hunter Valley
  • Code: RRC
  • Varietal: Chardonnay
  • Country: Australia

Region Hunter Valley

The Hunter Valley is the most important quality wine-producing region in New South Wales, even though it represents only a Franceaction of the state’s production. Established in the early 1800s, the first vignerons recognised that the coastal Franceinge north of Sydney was too wet and humid for viable viticulture and thus took the decision to move into the hinterland. Although the region can be particularly hot, the cloud and rainfall patterns significantly modify the microclimate. The Hunter Valley is maritime influenced, with afternoon sea breezes funnelling up through the Hunter River and Goulburn River gap. Rainfall is very erratic and can arrive at the most inopportune time. Soils are generally rich volcanic and alluvial. The best vineyard sites are located within sight of the imposing Brokenback Range that is exposed to the cool sea breezes. Further inland, the maritime influence gives way to a greater degree of continentality. The Hunter Valley is best known for exceptional age-
The Hunter Valley is the most important quality wine-producing region in New South Wales, even though it represents only a Franceaction of the state’s production. Established in the early 1800s, the first vignerons recognised that the coastal Franceinge north of Sydney was too wet and humid for viable viticulture and thus took the decision to move into the hinterland. Although the region can be particularly hot, the cloud and rainfall patterns significantly modify the microclimate. The Hunter Valley is maritime influenced, with afternoon sea breezes funnelling up through the Hunter River and Goulburn River gap. Rainfall is very erratic and can arrive at the most inopportune time. Soils are generally rich volcanic and alluvial. The best vineyard sites are located within sight of the imposing Brokenback Range that is exposed to the cool sea breezes. Further inland, the maritime influence gives way to a greater degree of continentality. The Hunter Valley is best known for exceptional age-worthy Semillon and Franceesh savoury medium-bodied Shiraz, although Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay also perform well.
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Winery ROSEMOUNT ESTATE

Langton’s Selections Show Reserve Hunter Valley Chardonnay, Roxburgh Hunter Valley Chardonnay, Hill of Gold Shiraz, Mountain Blue Mudgee Shiraz-Cabernet Sauvignon Bob Oatley established Rosemount Estate in 1969 after a career in the coffee industry in Papua New Guinea. Rosemount Estate quickly established a reputation for making very accessible regional wine. It invested in vineyards in the Hunter Valley, Orange, Mudgee and McLaren Vale building up an enviable portfolio of wines and a dream team of winemakers and marketers headed by Chris Hancock – a protégé of Max Schubert and the Penfold family. Rosemount’s rich buttery Roxburgh Chardonnay, Giant’s Creek Chardonnay and Show Reserve Chardonnay – perennial medal winners on the show circuit – became star wines conspicuously consumed by local celebrities and politicians. The volume branded fast moving Diamond Label range blitzed the commercial wine markets in almost every export country. Such was Rosemount’s success, it tilte
Langton’s Selections Show Reserve Hunter Valley Chardonnay, Roxburgh Hunter Valley Chardonnay, Hill of Gold Shiraz, Mountain Blue Mudgee Shiraz-Cabernet Sauvignon Bob Oatley established Rosemount Estate in 1969 after a career in the coffee industry in Papua New Guinea. Rosemount Estate quickly established a reputation for making very accessible regional wine. It invested in vineyards in the Hunter Valley, Orange, Mudgee and McLaren Vale building up an enviable portfolio of wines and a dream team of winemakers and marketers headed by Chris Hancock – a protégé of Max Schubert and the Penfold family. Rosemount’s rich buttery Roxburgh Chardonnay, Giant’s Creek Chardonnay and Show Reserve Chardonnay – perennial medal winners on the show circuit – became star wines conspicuously consumed by local celebrities and politicians. The volume branded fast moving Diamond Label range blitzed the commercial wine markets in almost every export country. Such was Rosemount’s success, it tilted successfully at Southcorp (the then owner of Penfolds/Wynns/Lindemans etc) folding itself into a black hole of brands and a dysfunctional corporate structure. Fosters Wine Estates, the current owners, have attempted to resuscitate a lacklustre Rosemount brand. It does not seem to possess the same cachet these days despite the enormous marketing attempts and clever proprietary bottle. The golden days seem well behind it. The ultra fine wines, while performing reasonably well on the primary markets, have not fared so well at auction. All of these wines have become lacklustre performers illustrating the immutable fact that a buoyant feel-good sentiment is essential to the fortunes of wine. It’s not unlike the way the stock market behaves. Notwithstanding the history of Rosemount, the Mountain Blue is an excellent wine and often presents itself as a great value buy. The Roxburgh and Giant’s Creek Chardonnays have never really performed that well. The wines ages too quickly, but it’s delicious to drink when young. (See Rosemount Estate – McLaren Vale) Andrew Caillard MW, Langton's
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ABN: 13 133 179 656 New South Wales: Liquor Act 2007. It is against the law to sell or supply alcohol to, or to obtain alcohol on behalf of, a person under the age of 18 years. License Number: LIQP770010303 Victoria: Victoria Liquor Control Reform Act 1998: It is an offence to supply alcohol to a person under the age of 18 years (Penalty exceeds $17,000), for a person under the age of 18 years to purchase or receive liquor (Penalty exceeds $700). License Number: 32055289