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. You can also buy our wines via the online cellar door.
2019 Vintage Report
This was the third consecutive vintage with very hot, dry weather and a lot of hard work. We are used to the birds attacking the fruit as it approaches ripeness but this year the kangaroos joined forces with them!
There is an upside to what the winemakers call “a compressed vintage”. The bugs that spoil grapes can’t cope with the heat so that the fruit across the varieties was in pristine condition producing wines predominated by rich, clear fruit characters. The unwooded styles (the Estate Semillon and the Wine O’Clock Rosé) have already been bottled and confirm the adage that good fruit means good wines. The Estate Chardonnay and the Estate Shiraz both have a few more months of oak maturation ahead: the Chardonnay is a clone of the previous vintage while the Shiraz is stunning even at this early stage.
Latest NEWS And reviews
Woohoo! Winestate magazine (May 2018 issue) has awarded the 2017 Midnights Promise Chardonnay 5 stars and ranked it equal top in its NSW chardonnay tasting!