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Monday 16 August 2021

A new Hunter Valley wine range makes its debut

Meet John Wallace Wines - the newest wine brand to emerge from the Hunter Valley. 

John Wallace does not actually exist, but the man behind the brand is one of the Hunter's leading winemakers; Richard Done, who has worked at Scarborough Wines, Thomas Wines, Hunter’s Dream Estate and Bimbadgen Estate, where he is currently chief winemaker. 

Done has a Master’s degree in Wine Science and Viticulture but having spent a lifetime of correcting others mispronouncing his surname (think Ken Done, not Dunn), he decided to honour his grandfathers, John and Wallace, when it came to naming his winemaking business.
The first two wines released under the John Wallace Wines label are a tribute to the winemaker's grandmothers, Margaret and Judith. 
The 2021 Maggie white and the 2021 Juju red (both $25) will soon be followed by a chardonnay and reserve shiraz. 
The white is an energetic, high-spirited and fun blend of semillon, vermentino, chardonnay and pinot gris that I can highly recommend, while the red is !00% shiraz made in "nouveau" style, not your usual Hunter style. 
"My wines offer a relaxed yet upbeat flow of freshness," Done says. "They are wines for enjoying and having fun with." 

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