4 Londons Rd, Lovedale, 2325
Cellar Door: Mon-Sat (9-5); Sun (10-5)
Ph: (02) 4990 2904
Capercaillie is based on the former Dawson Estate (established 1980 by Ben Dawson).
Capercaillie with a relatively new brand and new owner (local winemaking veteran Alisdair Sutherland) was launched in 1995 and has quickly established itself as a smaller winery for the serious wine lover to seek out in the sea of tourist-focussed or large corporate Hunter wine operations.
The winery has picked up a string of awards at the small and boutique winemaker shows. There are a range of blends from other regions but Alisdair's distinctive twists on the Hunter standards such as Semillon, Shiraz and Chardonnay are always worth a try - and given a reasonable vintage are often regional standouts.
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)
Capercaillie Creel Semillon 2008
Purchased: Not ($25)
(GXY) Tasting: Jan 2011, attractive aromatic nose, perhaps a touch more flavoursome and open than the 2007 but shows the minerally lemon sherbert, melon, lime, dried herb and cut grass of good Hunter Semillon, fresh, long and shapely with a chalky texture, the first signs of toastiness are beginning to emerge but should be put in the cellar (****)
Capercaillie The Ghillie Shiraz 2007
Purchased: Not ($70)
(GXY) Tasting: Jan 2011, ripe and meaty showing dark plum and redcurrant with menthol, liquorice and leather notes, medium-full bodied, earthy and savoury with firm tannins and dark chocolate/cedar oak, will have a long cellar life (***1/2)
Capercaillie Creel Hunter Valley Semillon 2007
Purchased: Cloudwine, South Melbourne ($20)
(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2007, Gold Medal at Hunter Valley Wine Show 2007, aromatic but elegant and delicate style showing melon, green apple and lime, lemon sherberty palate has a passionfruit twist and is underpinned with well judged chalky phenolics, good balance and length, worth cellaring for 8-10 years (****1/2)
Capercaillie Cuillin Hunter Valley Chardonnay 2006
Purchased: Not ($21)
(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2007, big and intense style showing stonefruit, melon, pineapple and a touch of quince, the oily palate is a bit forward but has attractive barrel ferment texture, lemon citric acids balance the toasty vanilla oak (****)