Media release: New Semillon from the Hunter Valley’s Bilgavia Estate

Releases their 2013 Bilgavia Estate Hunter Valley Semillon

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Bilgavia Estate has released its first Bilgavia Estate Hunter Valley Semillon from the 2013 vintage.

Bilgavia Estate was relaunched last year under the new ownership of Leona and Phil Gunter. Located in the picturesque Broke Fordwich sub region of the Hunter Valley, the 19.6 hectare Parsons Creek Vineyard has received a great deal of attention.

“We have invested heavily in the vineyard,” explained Leona. “From substantial changes to the viticultural management, to planting new varieties, we are getting the vineyard back to its potential and lifting the quality of the grapes.”

Whilst much of the fruit from Bilgavia Estate is sold to other Hunter Valley winegrowers, the Gunters are steadily building their new brand. “Whilst we are concentrating on the Hunter’s traditional varieties, including Semillon, Chardonnay and Shiraz, we are experiment with Fiano, Tempranillo and Merlot.”

“These newer plantings will bear fruit over the coming vintage and we’re looking forward to seeing how the wines evolve.”

Recent show results at the Hunter Valley Wine Show and Boutique Wine Awards, whilst modest, have given encouragement that the work in the vineyard is paying off.

“We have seen how the older Semillon wines from the vineyard develop, and believe that with the work we are doing with our viticulture, the wines will improve substantially and develop well over time.”

As with all the Bilgavia Estate wines the new 2013 Semillon is made from estate grown grapes. The grapes were harvested in the cool of the evening to capture the zesty intensity. Fermented in stainless steel and bottled early, the wine has retained the quintessential Hunter Valley Semillon acidity and freshness.


  • Hunter Valley (NSW)

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