Wine Growing Regions
Wine Growing Regions
New South Wales boasts some of Australia’s oldest and original vineyards. There are 14 wine regions in NSW with hundreds of established vineyards providing winemakers, such as Cael’s Gate with superior quality grapes. Each region has a specific terroir that lends a unique essence to the wines. The fertile soils are boosted by many months of sunshine to produce some of the best wines in the world. Cael’s Gate wines are the result of choosing only the best grapes from regions in New South Wales that have a reputation for providing the highest quality grapes so we can produce internationally acclaimed wines.
Hunter Valley is Australia’s oldest and best-known wine region. The Hunter region is known for its warm and humid climate conditions which are favourable for growing grapes for Semillon, Chardonnay and Shiraz. The earth is enriched with volcanic red soil and limestone to provide complexity and fruit-driven characteristics.
Many experts have acknowledged Hunter Valley as the best Semillon region in the world. The wines typically display essences of lemon and lime flavours, citrus and lovely, well-balanced acidity.
Hunter Valley Shiraz is a medium-bodied wine with a savoury kick. It is incredibly easy to drink and you can taste the beauty of the Hunter Valley in every drop. This wine has a delightfully natural acidity and tannins that give the wine exceptional aging potential.
The Mudgee region experiences consistent hot days and cool night during the summer and this allows for a gradual and slower ripening of the grapes. These are the perfect conditions for producing wines with big, full-bodied flavours such as Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon.
The wines from the Mudgee region have an incredible depth and colour. They are typically characterized by a rich, purple-red hue that lingers when swirled in a glass. The aromatic flavours reflect the warm-dry climate which includes red berries, dark chocolate and peppermint.
Cael’s Gate has a longstanding relationship with a number of grape growers in the Mudgee region. These growers take pride in painstakingly tending to their vineyards to ensure only the highest quality fruit reaches our winery.
New South Wales’s most prominent and largest wine-producing region is the Riverina. The flat plains of this region on the state’s southwest feature a Mediterranean-like climate that is ideal for growing exceptional quality grapes. Some of the top-performing varieties grown in this region are Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon.
The Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon grown in the Riverina region produce a small berry that yields a deep, full-bodied wine with outstanding complexity. During the winemaking process, these small berries increase the skin contact with the juice to create a wine with a deep, rich colour and intense flavours of dark berries such as blackberry, blackcurrant and liquorice with hints of chocolate, herbs and pepper. This is the type of wine that must be sipped slowly to savour all the complex rich flavours that linger lovingly inside your mouth in intense, lasting layers.
The single vineyard wines produce by Cael’s Gate are made from heirloom vines planted in the 1960s. The vines are all-natural and have not been treated with herbicides or pesticides to ensure all you taste is the heart of the earth these vines sprout from.