Scarborough Wine Co-Hunter valley
*“There are those who probably think we are mad. Making wine in a fairly inhospitable region. Sometimes plagued by rain else extreme heat. It’s fair to say the Hunter Valley throws up its challenges. But we’d have it no other way. The Hunter is where the Scarborough story began. It’s an embodiment of family in more ways than one.”
*Quote from the Scarborough Publicity
The Hunter Valley has historically positioned itself as Australia’s first wine region with James Busby having delivered the first cuttings. Today there are vineyards that are over a century old and represent some of the world’s oldest vines. The region falls under a warm to hot and virtually subtropical climate and traditionally vignerons need to battle adverse conditions such as tropical rain during harvest,…or very dry summers and more recently bush fire generated smoke taint to produce the wines that are full of character and express a sense of place.
The most popular white grape in the Hunter would have to be Semillon – the jewel in the Hunter’s crown,… making a unique style that is revered the world over and perhaps the only variety that develops well with age. Chardonnay comes next, and it’s the grape variety that Scarborough has hung their reputation on, with unwavering conviction. The results and the accolades from wine judges and critics such as James Halliday confirm this.
Their decision to specialize in Chardonnay has been vindicated and Ian Scarborough has “lead from the front and shown what’s possible in the region.”
In the reds, it’s Pinot Noir and Shiraz that are the stalwart varieties offering up a savory suggestion of Hunter Valley terroir Scarborough. Hunter Shiraz is another case of a “unique thumbprint graph that exhibits the DNA of the region”. Pinot, though lesser-known in the region, has a rich history with the first clone (MV6) having originated in the Hunter… Pinot remains an important part of the Scarborough story.
Wine Flight at Scarborough