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Christmas at Glenguin

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Christmas is in full swing in the Cellar Door at Glenguin. The smell of a fresh Christmas Tree permeating the room, presents waiting to be unwrapped and with the school year approaching the end there is a certain buzz around the place.

2017 has been a big year at Glenguin with the wines already showing a lot of promise. Our first two wines from the vintage have been released already (2017 Glenguin Vineyard Semillon and 2017 ‘The Sticky’ Botrytised Semillon), we’ve begun to farewell our Tannat project, and we’ve expanded our cellar door experience by offering vineyard tours, VIP tastings and providing extras such as free WiFi and Tesla vehicle charging. We’re looking to further expand our customer experience in 2018 with more events and offerings for you to further enjoy the Glenguin Cellar Door experience. Watch this space!

Glenguin will cease shipping from the Cellar Door on Friday, December 15 and will not resume until Tuesday January 2. Our cellar door will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. We will be open from the 26th to the 30th of December from 11am to 4pm and closed New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Normal opening hours will resume from January 4 (Thurs – Mon, 10am – 5pm).

All of us at Glenguin Estate thank you for your support during 2017 and wish you and your family all the best for the coming holidays and a prosperous 2018.

Going for Broke

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In a sleepy little corner of the Hunter Valley, about 15 minutes westwards along Broke Road from the hustle and bustle of Pokolbin lives the quaint village of Broke – and the part of the Hunter Valley that we call home.

The village of Broke was founded when land grants were given to John Blaxland in 1824 and by the late 19th Century Broke was a thriving town with several hotels, a school, a post office, two churches, a butchery, bakery and a blacksmith.

Once the railways took the main trade away from the Great North Road between Singleton and Sydney, the town reverted to being the quiet village it had originally been and today is home to around 700 people and mixed industry of agriculture, mining, hospitality and tourism.

Obviously, no trip to Broke is complete without a visit to our unique cellar door, but what are our tips to get the most out of your visit to our little village?


There are a plethora of accommodation options within Broke and the surrounding area.

AirBnB has, at last count, over 30 properties available on any given weekend. One of our local favourites is the Winemaker’s Cottage, just two doors further along Milbrodale Road from Glenguin Estate. Featuring two bedrooms, a complete kitchen, and views across the Brokenback Range, this cottage will best suit a couple or small family.

Glen Eden Cottages is a property that’s made for bigger families and groups. The property boasts two cottages, Rosebower featuring 3 bedrooms and Lemonthyme with two and can be booked as a complete package of both cottages or singularly. With its location just five minutes south along Wollombi Road from Broke, it’s the perfect place to start your Broke Fordwich wine adventure.


During the week, food options in our village can be quite limited however by the time the weekend comes things a very different indeed.

Margan Restaurant is a full garden to plate experience featuring modern European cuisine and a strong emphasis on locally grown and reared produce. A one-acre kitchen garden is the highlight, but anything they cannot produce themselves they source locally, making for an exceptional agri-dining experience.

Mount Broke Restaurant have recently employed a new Italian chef and is the perfect place in Broke for al fresco dining and wood-fired pizzas. A share platter of salumi to die for and pizzas to delight every palate make Mount Broke a must-visit location. They are occasionally open on Friday nights as well, so make sure you call ahead if you’re heading to Broke for a long weekend.


Whilst Glenguin Estate should be the number one location on your list of cellar doors to visit, there are at least another ten more in the Broke Fordwich region.

Catherine Vale Wines is one of our other favourites, especially for lovers of Italian varieties. Being one of the few producers in the Hunter Valley of Barbera, and an Arnies that leaves you salivating, a trip to Broke would not be complete without visiting their cellar door.

Greenway Wines have probably the best Merlot in the region and a Gewurztraminer that Glenguin’s Cellar Door Manager Phil describes as ‘the single most aromatic wine I’ve experienced in the Valley’. High praise indeed. An architecturally designed cellar door completes the picture and makes Greenway a must stop on your Broke Fordwich wine tour.

The Village

Our village may be small, but we are immensely proud to call Broke Fordwich, and the wider Hunter Valley, home. The region can produce wines of stunning elegance, food experiences to die for, with accommodation fit for kings.

We are only two hours away from Sydney making the Broke Fordwich sub-region of the Hunter Valley the perfect escape for day-trippers, weekenders and more. We call it the ‘tranquil side’ of the Hunter Valley, and nothing could be more accurate.

Just Desserts

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An old favourite will make a long awaited return to the Glenguin Estate cellar door this weekend as we launch our 2017 ‘The Sticky’ Botrytised Semillon as part of our Spring Semillon Release weekend.

Highly sought-after in the Sydney and Melbourne restaurant scene, our previous vintage (2014) sold out at the cellar door back at Christmas so it has been a long wait to get this wine back in. But it was very much worth the wait.

Following a similar vein to the 2014, we’ve eased back on the residual sugar to make the wine much more cleansing than your standard dessert wine – indeed, pair it with something like a lemon sorbet and it will clean, not cloy, your palate.

In 2014 we added a touch of viognier to add complexity and lift the wine with a touch of apricot on the back of the palate. This year, we’ve changed things up a little – adding some barrel aged Marsanne (5%) to compliment the rich, citrus backbone from the semillon and slight spice from the botrytis. A lifted pineapple flavour is the result, working perfectly with the citrus and honeysuckle flavours and giving the wine a bit of a deeper complexity.

When looking to pair this wine with a dessert, we went through all the usual suspects – baked lemon cheesecake and even a simple cheese platter were the front-runners for a while, but in the end we couldn’t go past a rather decadent dish of honey-roasted pears with blue cheese and walnuts.

The sweet honey sauce works beautifully with the wine, flavours just complimenting each other and not one working to dominate. Add in the soft roasted pears, the rich creamy blue cheese and the crunch of the walnuts and you get simply the perfect dessert for the perfect wine. Sheer delight.


Honey Roasted Pears with Blue Cheese and Walnuts


  • 1 ripe Buerre Bosc pear per person
  • Good knob of unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup high quality honey
  • 1/4 cup high quality raw sugar
  •  1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup crubmled good quality blue cheese (we used a Saint Agur for a creamier note)


Preheat the oven to 190 degrees.

Slice pears in half, scoping out the seeds and core.

Add the melted butter into an oven pan, whisk in the honey and sugar. Place pears chopped side down into the honey mixture and bake until tender (roughly 30 minutes).

Lightly toast the walnuts in a dry frying pan, tossing occaisionally, for 4 – 5 mintes. Set aside to cool.

Remove the pears from the oven and gently flip them so that they are now sliced side up. Baste the pears with the honey sauce and place back in the oven for a further 10 minutes.

Once the pears are cooked remove from the oven, transfer to a plate then drizzle the honey sauce over the pears and the plate. Sprinkle the toasted walnuts and dot with blue cheese – the cheese will start to melt into the honey sauce.

Serve immediately.

Spring Semillon Release

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Springtime is one of the most magical times in the vineyard. Vines are coming out of their winter dormancy, weather is beginning to heat up and the activity for the season ahead is starting to take shape. So there’s no better time to launch our new range of Semillon wines.

This weekend, September 9th and 10th, will see us eagerly launch our new wines – the 2017 Glenguin Vineyard Semillon, the 2013 Aged Release Glenguin Vineyard Semillon and the 2017 ‘The Sticky’ Botrytised Semillon. We’ve been previewing the 2017 and 2013 dry Semillons in the cellar door for the last few weeks with overwhelmingly positive feedback, and it’s a joy to be offering our new vintage dessert wine for sale for the first time since the 2014 vintage sold out just after last Christmas.

The 2017 Glenguin Vineyard Semillon is a superb young drinking semillon with great freshness and acidity, Tahitian lime flavours dominating the palate. Everything at this stage points to it being a very long-lived semillon, on par with some of our best from over the years. It pairs fantastically with any seafood, but particularly fresh scallops.

The 2013 Aged Release Glenguin Vineyard Semillon is starting to show hints of mature flavours of honey and toast, but still retains a core of lime zest and crisp acidity. James Halliday recently gave it 95 points with a drinking window till 2028! Semillon is often not experienced in its prime, so it’s a real joy to be able to offer this wine with some bottle aged characters starting to shine.

The 2017 ‘The Sticky’ Botrytised Semillon has been made in a similar vein as the 2014 vintage that was in such high demand we sold out! We ease off on the residual sugar to develop a wine that doesn’t feel like a dessert in its own right, but is the perfect accompaniment to any number of desserts. We’re delighted to have the new vintage on tasting in the cellar door for the first time this weekend. Keep an eye on the blog for a perfect dessert to pair it with later this week.

All weekend, we will be offering our new Semillons at Wine Club Member’s prices. All wines will also be available to purchase online on Thursday September 14.

Join us in the cellar door this weekend for what will be the perfect welcome to spring!

Semillon and seafood

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As part of our lead-in to our 2017 Spring Semillon Release at the cellar door on September 9th and 10th, we’re profiling each of our new release wines, including what we think is the perfect meal to accompany it. First up this week – the 2017 Glenguin Vineyard Semillon, alongside Cellar Door Manager Phil’s favourite seafood dish of scallops, black pudding and a mint pea puree.

First to the wine.

The 2017 vintage will be remembered as one dominated by heat with half the days in January reaching 35+ degrees, half of those again hitting over 40. Our semillon was picked on February 7, a bit later than normal but with wonderful ripe fruit flavours and high natural acidity.

The wine was vinified in that classic Hunter fashion – immediately pressed off skins, cold settled then fermented to dryness in stainless steel. It sat on lees for four months with a gentle filtering prior to bottling and no malolactic fermentation. Minimal sulphur added.

Pale yellow-green colour, augmented by aromas of orange blossom, candied mandarin and a hint of lime zest. These being supplemented on the palate with crisp acidity and flavours of Tahitian lime, ripe grapefruit and a racy, almost chalky finish. Immediately approachable as a young wine, but let this sit for a few years and you’ll be rewarded handsomely. It’s classic Hunter Valley Semillon – our best to date? Quite possibly.

So it’s no surprise then that when trying to find the perfect dish to pair with it, Phil wasted little time in recommending seafood and one of his favourite dishes.

As Phil recalls: “I first had this dish in a nondescript restaurant back in Canberra, where I’m from. The restaurant was attached to one of the many social clubs around the town – not altogether inspiring, aside from the fact that the chef moved to Canberra thanks to a spouse who had been working in the UK for the Australian Government – the chef himself having trained in London and worked in some high-profile, Michelin starred restaurants.

The dish blew me away the very first time I tried it, so it was a quick decision to see how it paired with the acidity and citrus flavours of the 2017 Glenguin Vineyard Semillon. I wasn’t disappointed.”

Pan-fried Scallops, black pudding and mint pea puree.


  • 200gm fresh or frozen peas
  • about 10 fresh mint leaves
  • 100ml good quality fish or vegetable stock
  • 1 shallot, finely diced
  • 1 clove of garlic, grated
  • 6 hand-dived scallops (as fresh as you can get), cleaned and roe removed – 3 per person
  • 1 high quality black pudding or blood sausage (UK-style tends to work best), sliced into 6 slices – 3 per person
  • 100gm butter
  • dash of white wine (preferably Hunter Valley Semillon)
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper

For the Pea Puree:

  • Heat small amount of oil in a non-stick pan
  • Add garlic and shallots, cook until translucent
  • Add peas, mint, white wine, stock and season well. Cook until the liquid has almost evaporated and peas are mushy when pressed down.
  • Transfer to blender, blend until a thick puree forms. If puree is too thick, add water or stock until desired consistency is formed and keep warm.

For the  scallops and black pudding:

  • Heat small amount of oil in a non-stick frying pan.
  • Add slices of black pudding and cook for a minute on each side or until each side is crisp, maintaining a slight gooey consistency in the middle. Set aside and keep warm.
  • Generously season the scallops with salt and pepper.
  • Place scallops in the same pan, placing them at the edge of the pan in a clockwise fashion, starting at 12 o’clock.
  • Cook the scallops for thirty seconds, until a brown crust has formed.
  • Flip the scallops over and add the butter to the pan.
  • Whilst the other side of the scallops are cooking, baste the scallops in the melted butter.
  • Cook other side for thirty seconds, then remove from the pan and keep warm.

To serve:

  • Place a large spoonful of pea puree on the centre of a small plate then with the back spoon, press down and work a thin circle of puree.
  • Arrange three slices black pudding in a small triangle around the centre of the puree.
  • Place one scallop on each of the black pudding slices.
  • Garnish with fresh pea shoots (optional).

The 2017 Glenguin Vineyard Semillon will be available from the Cellar Door from September 9th. Member’s pricing will available for all purchases on the first weekend via the cellar door (Sept 9/10). The wine will be available for purchase online from September 14 for $27.50/bottle.

High Praise from Halliday

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The release of the 2018 Halliday Wine Companion has seen Glenguin Estate retain our 5 Red Star rating, recognising our track record of quality and consistently high scores, with three wines receiving 95 points in the new edition.

Particularly pleasing for us was the result of our semillons, acknowledging the strength of the Glenguin Vineyard block, especially as the wines age. With the  2017 edition of the book firmly focused on our shirazes (in particular the 2014 Stonybroke [95 points], 2014 Schoolhouse Block [97 points] and 2007 Aristea [95 points]), recognition for the consistency of our semillon over several years is just reward for the love and passion that goes into making our Glenguin Vineyard Semillon every vintage.

Both the 2003 Classic Aged Release and the 2013 Aged Release Glenguin Vineyard Semillon received 95 points (the 2013 also receiving a ‘Special Value’ star). James was particularly enamoured with the 2013 calling it, ‘A vinous example of having one’s cake and eating it, because youthful and mature flavours live happily together.’ Adding to this, the 2015 Glenguin Vineyard Semillon received 89 points with James quipping that ‘the way the ’13 and ’03 vintages have developed makes me wonder whether I have done this an injustice, if so, it will have its day in the sun.’

The strength of our Aristea shiraz has long been known and the 2009 Aged Release Aristea Shiraz continues that tradition, receiving 95 points in the current edition. Every vintage of Aristea going back to 2005 has now received 95 points or higher in the Wine Companion. The 2009 Aristea Shiraz has received high praise from a number of wine writers recently, including Regan Drew (9/10), QWine (94 points), and Nick Stock (94 points).

Both the 2013 Aged Release Glenguin Vineyard Semillon and 2009 Aged Release Aristea Shiraz is currently on tasting in our cellar door, so we look forward to welcoming you to what we think you’ll find is the most unique cellar door in the Hunter Valley.

Retaining our 5 Red Star rating places Glenguin Estate in the top 5% of wineries in the country. Within the Broke Fordwich sub-region of the Hunter Valley, we are the only producer to have achieved this in the 2018 Wine Companion. But with budburst only a handful of weeks away, we know that the work doesn’t stop here, and we’re looking forward to the 2018 vintage to continue our long tradition of consistently outstanding shiraz and semillon.

We have put together two special 6-packs to celebrate our success in the Halliday Wine Companion. The 2018 Halliday Trio ($325 per 6-pack) is the only way to obtain all three wines rated at 95 points in the 2018 Wine Companion. There are only 10 packs available and are on a first-in basis. The Halliday Best of the Best 6-pack ($325) celebrates our success over the last two editions and is the only way to get all three 95+ point shirazes from the 2014 vintage, including the unreleased 2014 Aristea Shiraz. All packs are available for a limited time, or until sold out via our online cellar door.

Our highly rated wines in the 2018 Wine Companion.

Our highly rated wines in the 2018 Wine Companion.

A Unique Cellar Door

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When it comes to cellar door experiences, there’s a particular mould that most cellar doors in Australia try to emulate – the bar, the polished concrete floor, designer mood lighting and more wines than you can poke a decanter at. At Glenguin, we’ve deliberately tried to shift the cellar door experience away from a quasi-retail space and into something far more personal and intimate. Read More

Destination Charging

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Just in case you needed another reason to visit us at Glenguin Estate, we’ve just had two Tesla charging stations installed that are available for use for visitors to our cellar door during opening hours.

Depending on your vehicle, a one hour charge will add up to 81 kilometers of range so come in, sit back and enjoy the range of Glenguin wines through a structured tasting while your vehicle charges to continue on your way.

We’re constantly looking for ways to offer our visitors more and along with vineyard tours, winemaker’s dinners, and our upcoming winter Fireside Chat series of events (more on this soon – stay tuned!), the installation of these units enables us to provide more ways for visitors to engage with us, enjoy our wines and share the Glenguin story.

This is the first of a number of enhancements planned for Glenguin over the next 12 months, which makes it an exciting time to pay us a visit in the cellar door.

So when planning your next visit to the Hunter Valley, give Phil a call in the cellar door on 02 6579 1009 or send us an email at cellardoor@glenguinestate.com.au. We look forward to seeing you soon!