A fabulous vintage for the Hunter Valley, with dry and hot growing conditions. Yields were drastically down, but the quality of the wine is amazing. The HAE 2017 is very dark in colour, and you can smell this wine from metres away as it’s poured. Cherries, plums, chocolate, five spice and blackberry are generously applied. Huge richness and power, but all controlled. Nothing is out of place or overdone, the oak evident, but enveloped by the fruit.