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: Allandale



132 Lovedale Rd, Lovedale, 2320

Cellar Door: Mon-Sat (9-5), Sunday (10-5)

Ph: (02) 4990 4526

Allandale is a modern medium sized 17 acre winery situated in the Lower Hunter Valley. The winery was established in 1978 and over the time has built good reputation for its Semillon and sometimes the Chardonnay.

Over the last few years the winery has improved its reds by sourcing grapes from the Mudgee area, the Hilltops region (near Young, NSW), the McLaren Vale and Hastings River (for the Chambourcin).

The winery is owned and operated by Wally and Judith Atallah who have seen the winery develop from a small production sold through cellar door to a winery with sales in all the eastern states and export markets in 5 overseas countries.

Allandale is managed by Bill Sneddon (a graduate in Oenology from Charles Sturt University) and is also the winemaker and viticulturalist for the winery.

Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

Allandale Matthew Shiraz 2014

Purchased: Not ($26)


(GXY) Tasting: June 2016, smooth and plummy with some savoury red fruits with white pepper and leather notes, medium bodied, some grainy tannin firmness,  the French and American oak brings some cedar/vanilla to the finish, slightly warm 15% alcohol finish (***1/2)

Allandale Semillon 2015

Purchased: Not ($19)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: June 2016, approachable now but can do modest cellaring,  generous and moderately intense  melon, apple and pear with a touch of lemon sherbet, fine, chalk phenolics and a crisp lemony acid finish (***)

Allandale Semillon 2007

Purchased: Decanters By The Bay, Port Melbourne ($20)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2008, from a single Hunter vineyard, delicate melon and pear with some lemon sherbert, dried herb and a touch of honeysuckle, quite focussed and austere with powdery lemon citric acids, developing a little earlier than usual (***1/2)

Allandale Chardonnay 2007

Purchased: Acland Cellars, St. Kilda ($20)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: Jan 2008, bright yellow-green colour, ripe and generously flavoured, white peach, melon and nectarine with a touch of pineapple sweetness, buttery palate with bready notes later on, spicy cashew-vanilla oak (***)

Allandale Chardonnay 2004

Purchased: Acland Cellars, St. Kilda ($20)

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2006, bright yellow-green colour, ripe peach, citrus and orange marmalade, forward palate falls away very quickly to the creamy but hollow mid-palate, partly redeemed by some bready complexity towards the finish, subtle French and American oak, faintly smoky finish, lots of winecraft on a not so great fruit set (***)