Piggs Peake Winery:
Piggs Peake is a very interesting little winery. Since winemaker Steve Langham took the reins in 2003 is has rapidly become known as one of the wineries to watch in Australia. Huon Hooke describes it as “one of the most talked about young boutiques in the Hunter” and for good reason with fellow reviewers like Franz Scheurer and James Halliday ranking wines like Semillon, Cabernet Merlot and Zi... Read more
Piggs Peake is a very interesting little winery. Since winemaker Steve Langham took the reins in 2003 is has rapidly become known as one of the wineries to watch in Australia. Huon Hooke describes it as “one of the most talked about young boutiques in the Hunter” and for good reason with fellow reviewers like Franz Scheurer and James Halliday ranking wines like Semillon, Cabernet Merlot and Zinfandel in the top few that Australia produces. The reason for the rapid success is a combination of vineyard selection followed by a fresh, non-traditional look at winemaking practices. Typically, Piggs uses old vineyards with proven track records from regions around Australia ideally suited to the varietals selected. A simple concept which comes from both Steve and Michaels restaurant backgrounds. Using the best produce available to create the best wines possible. Michael Partridge joined Piggs Peake for the 2008 Vintage having been the Sommelier at Watermark, Balmoral Beach for the previous four years. During this period he took the list from one not rated to one which was in the finals for 2008 Gourmet Traveller Winelist of the Year . Interestingly, the 2007 list was co-written by Lyndon Stenning who helped to make the 2007 Piggs Peake wines. It is a small world. Both Michael and Lyndons wine knowledge helped to further push the Piggs Peake styles to greater heights. The current range is fascinating. The level of imagination and non-conformity makes Piggs Peake quite special. The classics are there and are done brilliantly, but if you really want to see something out of the box you need to get up to the Cellar Door and spend some time with Steve and Michael. It is the sheer uniqueness that sets Piggs Peake apart from the rest. Increasingly, the wines are being allocated pre-bottling and so to get the best of what is produced you really do need to be on the distribution list and become one of the Lucky Swines. The release of the wines each June is becoming one of the highlights of the Hunter calendar, with around one thousand people coming up for the release nights to dine on whole roasted pigs, duck sausages, grain fed rumps, king prawns and oysters while enjoying the band and trying the new wines. Read less
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