McWilliam’s Wines is releasing a selection of Tawny wines, comprising four age-statement wines, that will come under a new-look Hanwood Estate range.

The first two wines, the Classic, which is aged for five years, and the Grand, a 10-year-old wine, will be released next month with the 20-year Rare and 30-year Very Rare to follow later in the year. The new selection of age-statement releases is a marked evolution for the winery and also supports McWilliam’s position at the forefront of the fortified industry.

“There is over a century’s worth of history behind our fortified wines at our Hanwood Estate in the Riverina. It is our mission with these new releases to elevate the fortified space, as we’ve done since establishing the winery site in 1913,” McWilliam’s Wines sixth-generation Assistant Winemaker Mel McWilliam said.

“While our limited releases, like the Show Reserve selection, are highly acclaimed and demonstrate our ability to release rare, aged fortifieds, the new Hanwood Estate Tawny collection is an exciting step towards showcasing the diversity of Tawny across multiple lengths of barrel ageing.”

Russell Cody, Senior Winemaker at McWilliam’s, considers himself a ‘custodian’ of the fortified barrel collection at the Hanwood Winery – particularly with the 30-Year material which is considered Very Rare.

“There has been a resurgence in the last five years for fortified wines, especially as producers explore a broader range of styles versus what we were making 20 years ago,” Cody said.

“Our new selection of Aged Tawny is an exciting opportunity to experience this shift in style across multiple generations, with the Rare and Very Rare wines showing the big, full-flavoured Australian style while the Classic and Grand wines demonstrating a more modern, savoury style.

“These are magnificent, old wines – crafted to last. They will be a fantastic gift for someone to savour and enjoy a glass of Australian wine history.”

The new selection of wines will be released under a refreshed look for the entire Hanwood Estate range, featuring a proprietary bottle with the classic McWilliam’s logo and rich black design features. The outer packaging becomes more ornate as the wines increase in age, with distinct gift boxes for the Grand, Rare and Very Rare releases.

In addition to the new Tawny selection, McWilliam’s will be refreshing the entire Hanwood Estate range, with newly packaged aged varieties of Muscat, Topaque, and Apera to be released later this year.

“This is the first step for McWilliam’s Wines to demonstrate the craftsmanship of premium aged fortified wines with new consumers. There are some exciting plans underway from bespoke tastings at the Hanwood Estate to other premium tasting events and experiences that we are looking forward to unveiling in the future,” Mel McWilliam said.

The new collection of Aged Tawny wines will be available in June from select wine retailers.

Andy Young

Andy joined Intermedia as Editor of The Shout in 2015, writing news on a daily basis and also writing features for National Liquor News. Now Managing Editor of both The Shout and Bars and Clubs.

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