Audrey Wilkinson ‘The Lake’ Shiraz 2018

The 2018 Vintage was the hottest year on record and will be regarded as one of Audrey Wilkinson’s greatest years for red wines for the level of fruit intensity, with the Lake Shiraz being the pinnacle. Set next to the spring fed dam near the back gate of the property this shiraz block is referred to simply as ‘The Lake’. Floral, fresh fruit aromas lift from this wine with a tightly wound red and blue fruit core on the palate supported with subtle use of French oak for structure and typical Hunter Shiraz notes of dark spice for complexity.

95 Points | James Halliday Wine Companion

“Grown on the old vine Lake block on the estate vineyard, 15% whole-bunch fermented, matured in French puncheons. Lots of gamey, savoury, earthy regional character on the bouquet, but the red berry fruit is the anchor. It’s generously built in Hunter terms, ripe and flavoursome, but the palate length and tannin are the outstanding features.” – Steven Creber


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Audrey Wilkinson – The Lake Shiraz


Audrey Wilkinson

Audrey Wilkinson

2016 marks the 150th Anniversary of Audrey Wilkinson wines, one of the original producers in the Hunter Valley. The Wilkinsons were among the first to plant vines in the Pokolbin region of the Hunter Valley, and are recognized as pioneers of the Australian winemaking industry.

In 1866, the Wilkinson family acquired the present site of the Audrey Wilkinson Vineyard, and went on to enjoy great success as winemakers. Today, Audrey Wilkinson wines still have a distinctly Hunter Valley focus, with many of their wines made from vines on the original property.


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