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HARD TO BEAT

by / Comments Off on HARD TO BEAT / 8 View / September 15, 2021

FOR a real family wine tasting experience, it is hard to beat Scarborough Wines in the Hunter Valley.
Not only are three generations of the Scarborough family actively involved, but the tasting room is in the old family homestead on Gillards Road in Pokolbin. The recently renovated facility is set up for groups large and small and you will almost certainly meet a Scarborough, whether that be founders Ian and Merralea Scarborough, winemaker son Jerome or his sister, marketing manager Sally Scarborough.
There is also a point of difference here. While most Hunter producers are best known for their semillons and shiraz, the Scarborough family is probably most famous for its range of stellar chardonnays. Visitors to the cellar door also get the chance to try “The Obsessive” range, named after Ian Scarborough, who is known for his attention to detail in both the vineyards and the winery. This range comprises a semillon, a chardonnay, and a shiraz ($30-$60).
Ian and Merrelea Scarborough are long-time Hunter residents, having moved from South Australia in the 1970s, where Ian worked with the legendary Peter Lehmann at Saltrams. He then worked at Tyrrell’s before he purchased the Gillards Road property at the end of the decade.
Their decision to make chardonnay their flagship coincided with the variety’s boom – and the first vintage was made in 1987 in the garage of the house where the cellar door stands today.
Jerome worked in various roles and from 1996-2000, he was Lindemans Hunter vineyard manager, before joining Scarborough Wine as general manager. In 2005, Jerome assumed the winemaking role under Ian’s guidance.
Keeping matters in the family, Jerome is married to viticulturist Liz Riley, who consults to several producers across the region.
Liz and Jeremy have two children, Callum and Hannah, both of whom are learning the family business.
There are a range of paid tasting experiences available at cellar door (Thursdays to Mondays), helpful staff and some great views. It pays to book for curated tastings, which can be matched with a cheese platter. Phone 1300 888 545. www.scarboroughwine.com.au.