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MIDNIGHT’S PROMISE HUNTER VALLEY WINES

The Hunter Valley has a rich history of winemaking: there is something quite special about it. The combination of site, climate and soil impresses unique regional characters upon the wines produced there – what the French would call “terroir”. These regional characters distinguish Hunter Valley wines from their counterparts in other major wine producing regions and they are best seen in the varieties for which the Hunter Valley is renowned – Semillon, Chardonnay and Shiraz.

Unsurprisingly the vineyards at Midnight’s Promise are planted to these varieties. The vineyard is managed with a combination of traditional and modern viticultural practices so as to maximise fruit quality rather than quantity. While it would be nice to say that the grapes are harvested by a team of local maidens harvesting is usually done by machine at night (often around midnight) so as to ensure that the grapes are cool and sound – a promising start to the winemaking process. The brand name of our wines – Midnight’s Promise – is an allusion to this practice. Each vintage small quantities of wine are produced under contract by our talented winemakers Bill Sneddon and Matt Burton for release under our Midnight’s Promise label. Our cellar door is open for tasting and sales by appointment.

2017 Vintage Report

Everything was late this year from budburst to veraison and through to harvest which finished, with Shiraz, on Friday 17th February 2017.  Notwithstanding the succession of incredibly hot days (topping out at 47° on 11th February 2017) yields were up at Midnight’s Promise and quality good across the varieties.  A pleasing outcome (largely due to the untiring efforts of our vineyard manager, Tristan) after the heartbreaking vintages in 2015 and 2016.  Stay tuned for progress reports on the wines!

Midnight's Promise Guilty Pleasure Sparkling Shiraz

Midnight’s Promise Guilty Pleasure Sparkling Shiraz 2009

3.5 Star Rating Sticker


Winestate magazine – November 2014
“Nice cassis/blackberry bouquet and ripe plum palate with fine tannins and a touch of sweetness.”

 

Hunter Valley Boutique Winemakers Show
2010-2014 3 x Silver, 2 x Bronze

Price $28/bottle | $336/dozen

Midnight’s Promise Semillon

In the Hunter Valley, unwooded Semillon is a WYSIWYG wine – What You See Is What You Get! Harvested early and bottled early without any barrel maturation any shortcoming is obvious. We waited 15 years for the Semillon block to be sufficiently mature. What a debut for our first wine made in 2013! Awarded a Gold Medal at the local show and then “rave reviews”.

The 2014 and 2015 Semillons have followed suit – each of the classic style but showing vintage variation.

Midnight's Promise 2013 Semillon Unwooded

Midnight’s Promise Semillon (unwooded) 2013

4.5 Star Rating Sticker


Winestate
magazine – September 2015
“A toasty buttery nose that’s laced with lots of flinty citrus characters. Nicely textured palate has a light citrus-like entry and opens up to stone-fruit like characters.”

Hunter Valley Boutique Winemakers Show
2013 – Silver
2014 – Gold

Price $18/bottle | $185/dozen

Midnight's Promise 2014 Semillon Unwooded

Midnight’s Promise Semillon (unwooded) 2014

3.5 Star Rating Sticker


Winestate
magazine – November 2015
“A pleasing tightly packed citrusy fruit package with lots of promise but also offering good drinking right now.”


Huon Hooke –
“A classic style and very ageworthy.” 4 stars Huon Hooke Rating

Hunter Valley Boutique Winemakers Show
2014 – Silver

Price $18/bottle | $185/dozen

Midnight's Promise 2015 Semillon Unwooded

Midnight’s Promise Semillon (unwooded) 2015

Huon Hooke “Classic young Semillon” 4 stars Huon Hooke Rating

Hunter Valley Boutique Winemakers Show
2015 – Silver

Price $18/bottle | $185/dozen

Midnight's Promise 2013 Chardonnay

Midnight’s Promise Chardonnay 2013

Although barrel fermented in new and seasoned French oak, this wine is fruit driven with the oak influence complimenting a palate of stone-fruit characters. A wine to drink now or to put away to savour the rewards of patience! (If you like your Chardonnay aged, contact us about our 2010 Chardonnay of which we still have some stock.)

Price $22/bottle | $225/dozen

Midnight's Promise 2014 Chardonnay

Midnight’s Promise Chardonnay 2014

From a great vintage:  an “old style” Hunter Chardonnay – generous and full-flavoured from start to finish!

Huon Hooke – “This would be a crowd pleaser.” 3.5 stars Huon Hooke Rating

 Price $22/bottle | $225/dozen

Midnight's Promise 2007 Shiraz

Midnight’s Promise Shiraz 2007

SOLD OUT

Wonderful, generous aged Hunter red now at its peak.

Hunter Valley Boutique Winemakers Show
2010-2015 3 x Bronze, 3 x Silver

Price $25/bottle | $255/dozen

Midnight's Promise 2013 Shiraz

Gold-medal-2016-HVBWSMidnight’s Promise Shiraz 2013

SOLD OUT

Winner of Gold and Trophy in the “open” class of the Hunter Valley Boutique Winemakers Show 2016

5 Star Rating StickerWinestate magazine – November 2015
“’A fantastic wine’, said a judge. Nose has upfront berry aromas combined with good vanillan oak. Lots of tantalising fruit on a classically structured palate. Good now. Will become great.”

Huon Hooke – “Fleshy, supple, smooth and balanced. I really enjoy this for its unmistakable regional character.” 4 stars Huon Hooke Rating

Price $28/bottle | $285/dozen

Midnight's Promise La Promesse 2012 375ml Late Harvest Style Semillon

Midnight’s Promise La Promesse 2012 375ml Late Harvest Style Semillon

This sweet wine was made from Semillon using freeze concentration technology. The wine shows marmalade/dried apricot characteristics balanced with crisp acidity. A luscious, intensely flavoured wine ideally suited to rich desserts or a plate of full flavoured cheeses.

Price 

$20/bottle | $200/dozen

It's always wine o'clock

Wine O’Clock Series

It’s always Wine O’Clock at Midnight’s Promise Estate. To celebrate this we have introduced into our portfolio, under the Wine O’Clock Series label, a range of unwooded/lightly wooded wines with emphasis on “drinkability” – wines that are suitable for drinking before meals, during meals and after meals – in fact any time that is Wine O’Clock. Available in Red, white and Rosé.

Midnight's Promise Shiraz Viognier

Red – 2011 (Shiraz Viognier)

A typical Hunter Shiraz with the floral lift of a dash of Viognier and some bottle age.

Price $17/bottle | $180/dozen

Midnight's Promise Wine O-Clock White 2015

White – 2015
(Chardonnay/Semillon/Viognier/Traminer)

A vibrant wine of complex flavours derived from a blend of complementary varieties made into a refreshing and elegant style.  A zesty wine ready to drink now.

Price $17/bottle | $180/dozen

Midnight's Promise Wine O-Clock Rosé

Rosé – 2016 (Shiraz)

Delicate salmon pink in colour, this is a savoury style of Rose offering an inviting combination of cherry and spice on the nose.  The palate is light and refreshing with a fine balance and length of flavour.  A wine to be enjoyed young.

Price $17/bottle | $180/dozen

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